The Sports Xchange

MLB Team Report - Milwaukee Brewers - INSIDE PITCH

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Garza was in control and Milwaukee was on track to win a big National League Central showdown series Sunday in Busch Stadium.

But a recurring oblique injury ended Garza's day after six innings and 71 pitches of one-hit, shutout baseball. The Brewers bullpen hacked up a 2-0 lead in mere minutes and St. Louis came away with a 3-2 win to cut Milwaukee's division lead down to a game.

Garza actually walked up the dugout steps to hit for himself with two outs in the seventh, but manager Ron Roenicke pulled him back. TV cameras caught Garza expressing displeasure, but it was more at the situation and not at his manager's decision.

"It felt like a muscle grab and it was one of those," Garza said. "There's too much time left in the season and I thought I'd make the smart play. I could have made it worse and been out the rest of the year."

The team plans to examine Garza Monday during an off-day, hoping for the best. With five other players either disabled or battling nagging injuries, the Brewers don't need any more bad news.

"Hopefully, it's just a precautionary thing and we'll find out after a couple of days," first baseman Mark Reynolds said of Garza's injury. "If he had hurt it any worse, he would have been in really bad shape."

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MLB Team Report - Milwaukee Brewers - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 61-51

STREAK: Lost two

NEXT: Giants (RHP Tim Lincecum, 9-7, 4.21 ERA) at Brewers (RHP Jimmy Nelson, 1-2, 4.30 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--RHP Matt Garza (oblique strain) left Sunday's game with a one-hit shutout and a 2-0 lead after six innings. The bullpen wasted little time blowing the game, depriving Garza of his eighth win. Garza had thrown just 71 pitches and was rolling. St. Louis hit perhaps four balls hard against him, and it was easy to see a scenario under which Garza would have polished off a complete-game shutout.

--RHP Jimmy Nelson (blister) will take the ball Tuesday night when Milwaukee opens a home series with San Francisco. Nelson was supposed to pitch Saturday night, but was pushed back in the rotation due to his minor injury. His last outing was July 27, when he pitched seven strong innings in a 2-0 loss to the New York Mets, allowing only five hits and two runs with two walks and six strikeouts.

--2B Scooter Gennett (right quad tightness) didn't start Sunday after leaving Saturday night in the sixth inning as part of a double-switch. Gennett was injured running out a double-play grounder in the second inning, according to manager Ron Roenicke. Gennett pinch-hit in the ninth and struck out.

--RHP Jim Henderson (shoulder inflammation) has been sent back to the Brewers' complex in Maryvale, Ariz., to strengthen his pitching shoulder. Henderson went on the disabled list May 2 after pitching to a 7.14 earned-run average in 14 appearances. Roenicke said Henderson, who completed a 30-day rehab stint last week, isn't capable of pitching three games in a row as short relievers have to do.

--SS Jean Segura (left quad) sat out Sunday's game, adding to the Brewers' growing injury concerns. Segura, who has been dealing with the injury since June 28, had a recurrence during Saturday night's 9-7 defeat. Roenicke is hoping an off-day on Monday will allow Segura to return to the lineup on Tuesday night.