MILWAUKEE (AP) — After the Brewers got to Carlos Martinez, the St. Louis starter lost his cool at the plate.
The right-hander tossed his bat behind his back in the direction of home plate as he started running out a grounder, leading umpire Jeff Nelson to raise his arms and stare at Martinez for a few seconds.
Manager Mike Matheny chalked up Sunday's 11-2 loss to Milwaukee as a learning experience for his 22-year-old pitcher, who allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings. St. Louis fell a game behind of the Brewers in the NL Central at the All-Star break.
Martinez's at-bat in the third came two innings after the Brewers had a couple hard choppers up the middle and scored twice on Ryan Braun's flare into short right. Braun was credited for an RBI, and another run came around after an aggressive Braun tried to take an extra base.
"I tried to throw the bat to the ground. I don't know if it was emotion," Martinez said through an interpreter about his third-inning at-bat. "I went to the umpire and said I was sorry. It was just frustration."
Making his seventh career start, Martinez (2-4) 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.
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."
The Brewers tied a season high with 19 hits in snapping a seven-game losing streak. Elian Herrera got five hits while filling in for mourning shortstop Jean Segura. 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.