The Milwaukee Brewers will head into the All-Star break with a one game lead in the NL-Central after snapping their seven-game losing streak with a 11-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday.
During the seven game losing streak, the Brewers had games where they had the big lead and blew it. That was not the case Sunday when starting pitcher Wily Peralta and the offense combined to keep their rivals in check.
Peralta (10-6, 3.72 ERA) picked up his team leading tenth win pitching seven innings allowing three singles and one unearned run with five strikeouts. With a pitch count of 80, manager Ron Roenicke pulled his starter who was started feeling leg cramps.
Brewers' offense recorded a season high nineteen hits led by Elian Herrera's five-for-five day. Four singles and a double made for a career-high day for Herrera who also scored three runs. Every starter had at least one hit.
Carlos Gomez, Scooter Gennett and Aramis Ramirez each recorded three hits and Ryan Braun added two.
The first runs of the game scored by Milwaukee came in the opening inning on four straight singles by Gomez, Gennett, Braun and Ramirez giving them the early 2-0 lead.
Cardinals' would make the score 2-1 getting a run in the top of the fourth, but the Brewers added two runs in the fourth capped off by a Gennett double scoring Herrera and Gomez.
Brewers’ would score in every inning after the fourth. Khris Davis hit his team leading fifteenth home run in the fifth then in the sixth; Gomez, Braun and Ramirez singled home runs putting the game out of reach.
Gomez added an insurance run doubling home Herrera in the seventh. The final two runs scored in the eighth came off the bats of Davis on a rbi ground out and single from Lyle Overbay scoring Jonathan Lucroy.
The Brewers enter the break 53-43, with St. Louis a game back. After the game Sunday Gomez, Lucroy, Ramirez and Francisco Rodriquez headed to Minnesota for the All-Star game. The other players have off until the team reconvenes Thursday for the next series Friday in Washington D.C. against the Nationals. Kyle Lohse had already been name the starter for game one.