Brewers return to win column
MILWAUKEE—Elian Herrera got five hits while filling in for mourning shortstop Jean Segura, and the Milwaukee Brewers ended a seven-game losing streak by routing the St. Louis Cardinals 11-2 Sunday.
The Brewers tied a season high with 19 hits and took a one-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central at the All-Star break.
Herrera was called up from the minors Saturday when Segura was put on the bereavement list after the death of his 9-month-old son. Segura returned home to the Dominican Republic.
Herrera went 5 for 5 with a double and scored three runs.
Wily Peralta (10-6) tossed seven strong innings for the win. A frustrated Carlos Martinez (2-4) allowed four runs in four innings.
Peralta allowed just three singles and gave up his only run after Kolten Wong reached first on a passed ball despite striking out. Wong eventually scored on Matt Adams’ groundout.
Peralta got a defensive boost with a runner on base in the fifth when left fielder Khris Davis made an over-the-shoulder catch on Jon Jay’s fly to the warning track.
Davis hit his team-high 15th homer in the bottom half for a 5-1 lead.
Martinez, making his seventh career start, gave up three walks and a balk while also hitting Carlos Gomez with a pitch in the fourth. Gomez then scored on Scooter Gennett’s two-out, two-run double down the left-field line for a 4-1 lead.
Martinez flicked his head back in frustration as he watched the ball take a tricky carom off the side wall on outfielder Matt Holliday.
An inning earlier, Martinez tossed the bat behind his back in the direction of home plate after grounding out, leading umpire Jeff Nelson to raise his arms and stare at the 22-year-old pitcher for a few seconds.
Milwaukee added three runs to stretch the lead to 8-1 in a sixth-inning burst started by Herrera’s double.
Before the game, the Brewers organization held its annual Family Day outing, when players and coaches can bring their children to the ballpark. Brewers players and staff were smiling alongside their sons and daughters on a sunny afternoon, and manager Ron Roenicke hoped the day would create a diversion from the team’s roughest patch of the season.
The victory kept the Brewers in first place at the All-Star break for just the fourth time in franchise history.
NOTES: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said ace Adam Wainwright could pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star game despite going seven innings in Saturday’s win over Milwaukee. Tuesday would be scheduled to throw in between starts. Matheny will manage the National League. … Gennett tied a career high with three hits. … Matheny said he wasn’t sure yet how he would set up the Cardinals rotation after the All-Star break. St. Louis hosts the Dodgers on Friday. … Milwaukee doesn’t plan to make any changes in its rotation, meaning Kyle Lohse (9-4) would get the start Friday in Washington.