2:10 PM ET, July 13, 2014
Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Elian Herrera fills in at shortstop, has 5 hits as Brewers end skid
MILWAUKEE -- The end of a seven-game losing streak lifted the spirits of the Milwaukee Brewers.
An 11-2 win Sunday over the St. Louis Cardinals gave manager Ron Roenicke's team a one-game lead in the NL Central at the All-Star break. A team that has also had to cope with the death of shortstop Jean Segura's 9-month-old son now gets a breather for a few days.
With Segura home on bereavement leave, Elian Herrera had a career-best five hits a day after being called up from the minors to take Segura's roster spot. The offense tied a season high with 19 hits to back a strong seven-inning outing by starter Wily Peralta.
"Somebody had to step up. ... That's huge for us, for everybody. It lets us go into the break like that and still in first place," said Peralta (10-6), who allowed three hits and struck out five before departing after seven innings because of a minor leg cramp.
Like Segura, Peralta is from the Dominican Republic. The pitcher was heading home for the break, and he was planning to text Roenicke to let him know how Segura was doing.
The morning started with the Brewers organization holding its annual Family Day outing, when players and coaches can bring their children to the ballpark. Players were smiling alongside their sons and daughters on a sunny afternoon, and Roenicke hoped the day would create a diversion from the team's roughest patch of the season.
All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy said he thought the family time possibly helped the squad.
"But it doesn't matter if you're winning or losing whenever you're with your family," Lucroy said. "It is a business and it is a job we have to perform, but ultimately the goal is to provide for our family, and family is most important."
"I had to step in like an extra gear ... just kind of a lucky play," Davis said. "A big play with the runner on first, he's probably going to score."
Davis hit his team-high 15th homer in the bottom of the fifth for a 5-1 lead.
For the Cardinals, a frustrated Carlos Martinez (2-4) allowed four runs in four innings.
Making his seventh career start, Martinez 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 his 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.
"I tried to throw the bat to the ground. I don't know if it was emotion," Martinez said through an interpreter. "I went to the umpire and said I was sorry. It was just frustration."
Manager Mike Matheny said Martinez was having a tough time "finding anything."
"He's trying to harness his emotions a little bit, which will harness his control," Matheny said. "It was a rough day for him. It's one of those learning points."
Milwaukee added three runs off the Cardinals bullpen to stretch the lead to 8-1 in a sixth-inning burst started by Herrera's double. The Brewers are in first place at the All-Star break for just the fourth time in franchise history.
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.
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MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 13: Scooter Gennett #2 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a single in the bottom of the first...(Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|St. Louis leads 12-7 (as of Sun 7/13)|
|Mon 4/14||STL 4, @MIL 0||Recap|
|Tue 4/15||STL 6, @MIL 1||Recap|
|Wed 4/16||@MIL 5, STL 1||Recap|
|Mon 4/28||MIL 5, @STL 3||Recap|
|Tue 4/29||MIL 5, @STL 4||Recap|
|Wed 4/30||@STL 9, MIL 3||Recap|
|Fri 7/11||STL 7, @MIL 6||Recap|
|Sat 7/12||STL 10, @MIL 2||Recap|
|» Sun 7/13||@MIL 11, STL 2||Box Score|
|Fri 8/1||MIL 7, @STL 4||Recap|
|Sat 8/2||@STL 9, MIL 7||Recap|
|Sun 8/3||@STL 3, MIL 2||Recap|
|Thu 9/4||STL 3, @MIL 2||Recap|
|Fri 9/5||@MIL 6, STL 2||Recap|
|Sat 9/6||STL 5, @MIL 3||Recap|
|Sun 9/7||STL 9, @MIL 1||Recap|
|Tue 9/16||MIL 3, @STL 2||Recap|
|Wed 9/17||@STL 2, MIL 0||Recap|
|Thu 9/18||@STL 3, MIL 2||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Cardinals | Brewers|
|1st||R Braun reached on infield single to first, C Gomez and S Gennett scored, R Braun thrown out at second attempting to advance on play.||0||2|
|4th||M Adams grounded out to third, K Wong scored.||1||2|
|4th||S Gennett doubled to left, E Herrera and C Gomez scored.||1||4|
|5th||K Davis homered to right center (389 feet).||1||5|
|6th||C Gomez singled to left center, E Herrera scored.||1||6|
|6th||R Braun singled to left, C Gomez scored, S Gennett to second.||1||7|
|6th||A Ramirez singled to center, S Gennett scored, R Braun to second.||1||8|
|7th||C Gomez doubled to deep right, E Herrera scored, R Weeks to third.||1||9|
|8th||K Davis grounded out to third, A Ramirez scored, J Lucroy to third.||1||10|
|8th||L Overbay singled to left, J Lucroy scored.||1||11|
|9th||G Kottaras grounded into fielder's choice to second, P Bourjos scored, M Adams safe at second on error by second baseman S Gennett.||2||11|
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|Stadium||Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI|
|Attendance||35,345 (84.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||79 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Scott Barry|
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