ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missing the last three innings wasn't nearly enough time for Mike Matheny to cool down.
The St. Louis Cardinals manager criticized Major League Baseball's replay system after the team's appeal was denied in the Milwaukee Brewers' four-run sixth inning of a 7-4 loss Friday night.
Matheny, who was ejected later in the inning, maintained the umpires got it wrong and have little patience for arguments.
"It's not the first time that's happened where we've seen something, and sooner or later the system has to allow us to be able to say something," Matheny said. "If they're not going to give me the headset to yell at that guy, it's going to have to be somebody on the field.
"I think we've gotten to the point now where we've taken the emotion out of the game where you can't say anything to these guys without getting tossed out of the game, and I don't think that was the intention of this."
Jean Segura waited for Elian Herrera's bloop hit to drop in shallow center and barely beat the relay to second. The play was ruled safe and upheld after video review. Later in the inning Jonathan Lucroy's three-run double off Adam Wainwright (13-6) put the Brewers up by six runs.
"I saw a perfect replay where he was out at second," Wainwright said. "I know it was close but you've got replays for a reason, right?
"One out and a guy on first is a lot different than first and second and nobody out."
Wily Peralta won his 13th game to tie for the National League lead and Aramis Ramirez had a home run and RBI double off Wainwright. The NL Central leaders are three games ahead of the Cardinals.
The homer by Ramirez leading off the second was the first ever allowed by Wainwright on a 3-0 count.
"After the fact, I probably should have been ready for it," Wainwright said. "He had no reason not to (swing) right there."
Ramirez is a career .415 hitter against Wainwright, the best in the majors against the St. Louis ace, with three homers, eight doubles and eight RBIs.
Matt Carpenter had two hits and three RBIs and Matt Holliday homered for St. Louis, which has lost three of four.