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Cards win, Brewers SS Segura out after son's death

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright knew how tough it was for the Milwaukee Brewers to play Saturday after finding out that shortstop Jean Segura's 9-month-old son had died.

But Wainwright had to push those thoughts aside as he pitched seven strong innings to lead the Cardinals to a 10-2 win over Milwaukee for a tie atop the NL Central.

The Brewers lost their seventh in a row.

Segura left the team and traveled home to the Dominican Republic, a day after his 9-month-old son died. The Brewers observed a moment of silence for Janniel Segura, and the clubhouse was closed before the game.

The 24-year-old shortstop was put on the bereavement list when he learned after the Brewers' 7-6 loss to St. Louis on Friday night that his son had died. Manager Ron Roenicke said the boy had been ill.

"When something like that happens, you become a family," Wainwright said. "Baseball as a whole becomes a family. There's bigger things than baseball. I understand that he's going through something that I hope I never, never have to go through. So our hearts and prayers go out to him."

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was catcher for the Cardinals when St. Louis pitcher Darryl Kile died of a heart problem on June 22, 2002.

"The extended family in (Milwaukee's) clubhouse is hurting right along with him," he said. "You can't help but take a step back and just prioritize life. Prioritize just how fragile it is. It gives us perspective."

"When that happened (Kile's death), we had a lot of guys having a bunch of conversations you typically wouldn't have inside a clubhouse," Matheny said.

Wainwright (12-4) gave up two runs and five hits. He has allowed just four earned runs in his last six starts.

Wainwright helped himself with an RBI single and tied Cincinnati's Alfredo Simon and the Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka for the most wins in the majors.

St. Louis trailed Milwaukee by 6 1/2 games on July 1, but Wainwright knows how quickly a team's fortune can change in a week. In fact, he said that a week ago.

"My quote was `In a week from now, we could be doing a completely different kind of interview,'" he said. "It could be what has turned the season around for. And, that's what's happened. This game is a funny game of ups and downs. The teams that have the most ups and the least amount of downs end up winning the whole thing."

Tony Cruz drove in a career-high three runs and Kolten Wong homered for the Cardinals.

"It's nice to be able to make a little ground," Matheny said. "It just comes back to playing each game the right way."

For the Brewers, it was a most difficult day.

"I think everybody in the clubhouse was affected quite a bit," manager Ron Roenicke said. "I don't want to make excuses. We knew that we still have a game to play and a job to do, but we did not play well today."

The Brewers have lost 11 of 12. They had held sole possession of first place since April 9.

Frustrated Brewers star Carlos Gomez struck out swinging in the fifth inning and tried three times without success to break the bat over his leg. He slammed his helmet and tore up his batting gloves.

Jimmy Nelson (1-1) went 4 1/3 innings, giving up eight runs and eight hits. He was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Thursday to make his first start since replacing ineffective Marco Estrada in the rotation.

St. Louis took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. A two-out error by second baseman Scooter Gennett on a grounder set up Cruz's two-run single.

Wong hit a two-run homer in the second. It was his fifth home run in the last six games since coming back from the disabled list.

Cruz doubled home a run in the third.

Notes

Milwaukee recalled INF Elian Herrera from Triple-A Nashville to replace Segura on the roster. ... The Brewers will start RHP Wily Peralta (9-6) in the series finale Sunday against Carlos Martinez (2-3).

 
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Adam Wainwright pitches seven strong innings for the Cardinals. He moves to 12-4 on the season. (USATSI)
Adam Wainwright pitches seven strong innings for the Cardinals. He moves to 12-4 on the season. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

T. Cruz
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
St. Louis

A. Wainwright
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 0
K 4
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B4221102 .285
Kolten Wong, 2B5112012 .242
Matt Holliday, LF3200020 .268
   Peter Bourjos, CF1000000 .220
Matt Adams, 1B3100111 .330
   a-Daniel Descalso, PH-SS0000100 .184
Jhonny Peralta, SS3222001 .252
   b-George Kottaras, PH-C1000001 .273
Oscar Taveras, RF5110003 .200
Tony Cruz, C-1B5023022 .242
Jon Jay, CF-LF5131000 .291
Adam Wainwright, P3011112 .238
   Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
   c-Mark Ellis, PH1000010 .189
   Sam Freeman, P0000000 .000
Totals3910121048  
a-walked for Adams in the 8th
b-lined out for Peralta in the 8th
c-struck out for Motte in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jhonny Peralta (25, Nelson), Tony Cruz (3, Nelson)
HR - Kolten Wong (6, Nelson)
SF - Jhonny Peralta (3)
RBI - Matt Carpenter (34), Kolten Wong 2 (24), Jhonny Peralta 2 (44), Tony Cruz 3 (11), Jon Jay (22), Adam Wainwright (3)
2-OUT RBI - Kolten Wong 2 (20), Jhonny Peralta (19), Tony Cruz 3 (10), Jon Jay (14), Adam Wainwright (1)
Team LOB - 8
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Wainwright (W,12-4) 7522040 1.83
Jason Motte 1100000 5.51
Sam Freeman 1000010 1.42
HBP - Gomez (by Adam Wainwright)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 94-58, Jason Motte 14-9, Sam Freeman 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 9-8, Sam Freeman 2-0
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 27, Jason Motte 4, Sam Freeman 3
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carlos Gomez, CF3010011 .299
Scooter Gennett, 2B4000002 .302
Jonathan Lucroy, C4000001 .315
   Martin Maldonado, C0000000 .242
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3000000 .282
   Elian Herrera, SS1000001 .232
Ryan Braun, RF4120010 .296
Khris Davis, LF4011010 .252
Mark Reynolds, 1B4000012 .205
Jeff Bianchi, SS-3B3110011 .171
Jimmy Nelson, P1000000 .000
   Tom Gorzelanny, P0000000 .000
   a-Lyle Overbay, PH1011000 .244
   Marco Estrada, P0000000 .107
   b-Logan Schafer, PH1000001 .202
   Rob Wooten, P0000000 .000
Totals3326205  
a-doubled for Gorzelanny in the 5th
b-grounded out for M. Estrada in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Braun (19, Wainwright), Jeff Bianchi (1, Wainwright), Lyle Overbay (8, Wainwright)
RBI - Khris Davis (47), Lyle Overbay (27)
2-OUT RBI - Lyle Overbay (6)
SB - Carlos Gomez (17, 2nd base off Wainwright/Cruz)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Gomez 1
DP - Bianchi-Gennett-Reynolds
E - Jeff Bianchi (3, Misplayed grounder), Ryan Braun (1, Dropped line drive), Scooter Gennett (6, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jimmy Nelson (L,1-1) 4.1886251 5.40
Tom Gorzelanny 0.2200010 0.00
Marco Estrada 2221110 4.95
Rob Wooten 2000110 4.22
HBP - Holliday (by Jimmy Nelson)
Pitches-Strikes - Jimmy Nelson 98-62, Tom Gorzelanny 12-9, Marco Estrada 48-33, Rob Wooten 29-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jimmy Nelson 5-3, Tom Gorzelanny 1-0, Marco Estrada 3-3, Rob Wooten 3-2
Batters Faced - Jimmy Nelson 24, Tom Gorzelanny 4, Marco Estrada 10, Rob Wooten 7
Game Information
Attendance - 40198
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Mark Carlson