MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jean Segura smiled in his first game at Miller Park since returning to the Milwaukee Brewers following the death of his 9-month-old son.
The shortstop still grieves, but it will be nights like the one Segura had in a 5-2 victory Monday over the Cincinnati Reds that will provide some distraction.
Segura went 2 for 3 with a triple and scored two runs, and Milwaukee took advantage of two misjudged balls in the outfield by Chris Heisey to hand Cincinnati its fourth straight loss.
"It was a tough week for me, and for my family, too," Segura said. "I (came) here, worked, trying to do the best I can to help the team."
The 24-year-old Segura took bereavement leave after learning of son Janniel's death following a 7-6 loss on July 11 to the St. Louis Cardinals. He went home to the Dominican Republic before returning to the club after the All-Star break for the weekend series in Washington.
Segura said he wasn't nervous coming back to play before his hometown fans. Manager Ron Roenicke said he thought Segura was back mentally into the game.
"He's still going to have those times when he thinks about it, but I liked when he first came back," Roenicke said. "I thought it was really important for him to know that the team was behind him."
Wily Peralta (11-6) allowed three hits, including Billy Hamilton's solo homer, in seven innings. Francisco Rodriguez threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his 29th save.
Cincinnati's Mat Latos (2-2) gave up four earned runs and eight hits in seven innings.
It could have been a much closer game had Heisey made those two plays in left. The lights were on at Miller Park for an evening game that started under overcast skies, though Heisey seemed to be most bothered by the conditions.
"Tonight was just one of those nights where I didn't have a very good day," Heisey said.
Three runs scored on the two plays. In the third, Ryan Braun hit a two-run double that Heisey took a couple of steps in on before retreating as the high liner went over his head.
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