MILWAUKEE (AP) — A most difficult day for the Milwaukee Brewers only got harder when they had to face Adam Wainwright.
After shortstop Jean Segura left the team and traveled home to the Dominican Republic to mourn the death of his 9-month-old son, the Brewers lost their seventh straight game Saturday.
Wainwright pitched St. Louis to a 10-2 win, and the Cardinals tied Milwaukee for the NL Central lead. The Brewers had led by 6 1/2 games on July 1.
"I think everybody in the clubhouse was affected quite a bit," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "I don't want to make excuses. We knew that we still have a game to play and a job to do, but we did not play well today."
The 24-year-old Segura learned his son had died after the Brewers' 7-6 loss to St. Louis on Friday night, and was put on the bereavement list. Roenicke said the boy had been ill.
The Brewers observed a moment of silence for Janniel Segura, and the clubhouse was closed before the game.
Starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson (1-1) said he really wanted to win the game for Segura. Nelson went 4 1/3 innings, giving up eight runs and eight hits.
Nelson was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Thursday to make his first start since replacing ineffective Marco Estrada in the rotation.
"I'm disappointed I didn't do my part to get it done," he said. "We are all praying right now for Segura and his family."
The Brewers have lost 11 of 12. They had held sole possession of first place since April 9.
Frustrated Brewers star Carlos Gomez struck out swinging in the fifth inning and tried three times without success to break the bat over his leg. He slammed his helmet and tore up his batting gloves.