Matt Garza pitches 6 innings as lowly Milwaukee Brewers lose 3-0 to St. Louis Cardinals

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MILWAUKEE — Frustration is setting in Matt Garza.

The right-hander pitched six innings in Milwaukee's 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. He allowed three runs and seven hits, but dropped his second consecutive start.

"I made progress, but it's about time for that progress to kick into results," Garza said. "I threw the ball well, but not well enough. Their guy was better."

Milwaukee has dropped nine of 10. At 3-14, the Brewers have the worst record in the majors.

Garza (1-3) struck out a season-high six and walked two.

"I was definitely in the zone and not shying away from the hitters, going right at them," he said.

Jason Heyward and Jhonny Peralta homered for St. Louis, and Yadier Molina drove in a run with a second-inning grounder.

Carlos Martinez (2-0) struck out eight in sparkling seven innings. He gave up four hits and walked two in the longest of his 11 career starts.

Jordan Walden pitched the eighth and Trevor Rosenthal finished for his seventh save in seven tries, completing a five-hitter.

"(Martinez) has a tremendous fastball with movement on it. Good changeup, good slider. But really, we had people in scoring position," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "When we have chances, we've just got to deliver better."

Heyward belted a solo shot off Garza in the third. Peralta homered leading off the sixth.

"He threw a hanging curveball to Peralta and the fastball he basically threw thigh high down the middle to Heyward. But besides that, I thought he threw the ball really well," Roenicke said.

The Brewers threatened in the third, but were hurt by poor baserunning.

Garza led off with his fourth career walk and advanced to second on Jean Segura's single. As Gerardo Parra squared to bunt, Garza broke for third. Initially ruled safe, Garza was called out after a review. Parra then struck out and Segura was caught stealing.

Molina left in the fifth in what the team said was a precautionary move. He appeared to be in pain after a foul tip struck him in the knee guard in the fourth. He is day to day.

Molina took a foul ball off the same knee last week.

"I was feeling better and boom, tonight I get hit again in the same spot," he said. "He got me on the muscle. It's just a big bruise."

CHALLENGE TRIFECTA

The Brewers have been successful in all three of their challenges this season.

Milwaukee challenged a call at second base in which Parra initially was ruled out on an attempted double play. After a review, umpires ruled Peralta dropped the throw at second. Parra was awarded second, with Ryan Braun reaching first on a fielder's choice.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: OF Peter Bourjos returned after being on paternity leave for three days. His wife, Ashley, gave birth to a son, Maxton. Infielder Dean Anna was optioned to Triple-A Memphis to clear a roster spot for Bourjos.

Brewers: OF Carlos Gomez continues to make progress in recovering from a right hamstring injury. He is on the 15-day disabled list. "He's hitting again out on the field. He ran on the treadmill," Roenicke said. "Hopefully, it'll be those 15 days or just a couple added onto that."

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Adam Wainwright (2-1, 1.71 ERA) took the loss against the Brewers in St. Louis' home opener on April 13. He is 12-8 with a 2.37 ERA in 31 career games versus the Brewers.

Brewers: Wily Peralta (0-2, 5.68 ERA) will make his second start of the season against St. Louis. He is 4-5 with a 4.58 ERA in 10 career starts against the Cardinals, but went 3-1 with a 2.18 ERA in five starts against them last season.

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