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Brewers overpowered by Cardinals

Milwaukee Brewers’ Carlos Gomez slams his helmet down after failing three times to break his bat over his knees after striking out in the fifth inning during Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park in Milwaukee. The Brewers lost 10-2. USA Today Sports

MILWAUKEE — If the Milwaukee Brewers are looking for a silver lining in the midst of a season-high seven-game losing streak, they can take solace in the fact that they are still in first place ... for now.

What was a 6½-game lead in the National League Central just 10 days ago turned into a tie Saturday as the Brewers were shelled 10-2 by the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park.

Milwaukee had dropped 10 of its last 11 coming into the game, but were also playing with heavy hearts as it was revealed before the game that the 9-month-old son of shortstop Jean Segura passed away the night     before.

That, coupled with the losing streak, made facing Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright — the NL leader in earned run average — an even more daunting task.

Wainwright (12-4) held Milwaukee scoreless on one hit through the first four innings before back-to-back two-out doubles by shortstop Jeff Bianchi and pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay to make it 8-1.

The Brewers managed five hits off Wainwright, who went seven innings and struck out four while holding the Brewers to two runs.

Milwaukee starter Jimmy Nelson (0-1), summoned earlier this week from Triple-A Nashville, where he was 10-2 with a 1.46 ERA, wilted in his home debut, allowing eight runs, six hits and two walks in 4⅓ innings.

The Cardinals jumped on the youngster quickly, putting three on the board in the first inning, two in the fifth on second baseman Kolten Wong’s sixth home run of the season and another in the third on catcher Tony Cruz’s RBI double.

Cruz, starting in place of injured Yadier Molina, accounted for three of the Cardinals’ first six runs and went 2-for-4.

He was one of four players St. Louis players with multiple hits, a group paced by center fielder Jon Jay, who went 3-for-4.

  • Nelson of the Brewers had only two major-league starts before Saturday.
  • The Cardinals lead the all-time series with the Brewers, 148-112, and are 33-15 in their last 42 games against Milwaukee.
  • C Jonathan Lucroy, 3B Aramis Ramirez, CF Carlos Gomez and RHP Francisco Rodriguez of the Brewers were presented with their All-Star jerseys before the game.