Jul 12, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez (27) tries to break his bat after striking out in the fifth inning during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park. At left is home plate umpire Scott Barry. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Nelson Roughed Up In 1st Home Start; Cards Thump Milwaukee Brewers


Touted prospect Jimmy Nelson finally made his first start at Miller Park Saturday but it was only memorable for the pounding the St. Louis Cardinals laid on him.

The Milwaukee Brewers were thumped by the Cardinals 10-2 and are now tied for the NL Central lead with St. Louis after having sole possession of first place for 94 consecutive days.

It was the Brewers’ seventh straight loss and 11th in their last 12 games as the team was dealing with the absence of shortstop Jean Segura, whose infant son died Friday in the Dominican Republic.

This game was all Cardinals (52-43) from the jump.

Jhonny Peralta had an RBI single in the top of the first and Tony Cruz later drove in a pair of runs with the bases loaded after the inning was extended due to an error by Scooter Gennett.

It could have been worse, but Carlos Gomez gunned down Oscar Taveras trying to go from first to third on the play. But the Brewers (52-43) still trailed 3-0.

Kolten Wong made it 5-0 in the top of the second with his second home run in as many days. His sixth home run of the season is the fifth in the last seven games for the speedy second baseman.

Cruz added another run in the third with a two-out RBI double.

In the fifth, the Cardinals finally chased Nelson (1-1) after Matt Adams led off with a walk and Taveras stroked a one-out single.

Tom Gorzelanny came on and struck out Cruz, but gave up back-to-back RBI singles to Jon Jay and Adam Wainwright as the Cardinals build the lead to 8-0.

Nelson was charged with those runs and surrendered eight on the day, six earned, in 4.1 innings, allowing eight hits and walking two while fanning five.

Milwaukee finally got on the board against Wainwright (12-4) in the bottom of the fifth. Jeff Bianchi, starting in place of Segura, lined a two-out double to left and Lyle Overbay, batting for Gorzelanny, lined a two-bagger to right.

Marco Estrada, who had been scheduled to start Saturday before being demoted to the bullpen when Nelson was recalled, came on in the sixth for his first relief appearance since July 8, 2012, against the Houston Astros.

Estrada gave up a run in the sixth on a Peralta sacrifice fly and surrendered a Matt Carpenter RBI single in the seventh. Estrada gave up two runs in two innings, one earned, allowing two hits, walking one and striking out one.

Rob Wooten worked the final two innings, allowing a walk and recording a strikeout.

Wainwright, meanwhile, allowed only two runs in seven innings, surrendering five hits and striking out four. His ERA actually went up to 1.83.

Milwaukee’s only other tally came in the seventh. Ryan Braun led off the inning with a double and scored on a ground ball single to right by Khris Davis.

Braun was 2-for-4, the only Brewer with more than one hit on the day. Milwaukee mustered just six as a team.

The Brewers are now 1-10 in July and are hitting a major-league worst .207 this month.

Milwaukee had held sole possession of first place since April 9 and have held at least a share since April 5. They have been out of the lead for just four days all season—April 1-4.

That could change Sunday if the Cardinals can complete the three-game sweep. The Brewers will send Wily Peralta (9-6, 3.95 ERA) to the hill to try and stop the skid, while St. Louis counters with right-hander Carlos Martinez (2-3. 4.12 ERA).

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