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Reds' Bruce delivers walk-off hit in 10th inning

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CINCINNATI -- Jay Bruce started it with a homer and ended it with a hit that put a little more distance in the NL Central race.

Win by win, the Cincinnati Reds are pulling away.

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Bruce led off the first inning with a homer and singled off Trevor Hoffman with two outs in the 10th inning Monday night, rallying the Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that extended their lead to a season-high six games over St. Louis.

Cincinnati hasn't led the division by so many games since 1995, the last time it reached the playoffs. It helps that the defending-champion Cardinals are melting down -- a 3-0 loss at Houston on Monday night was their sixth in seven games.

How are the young Reds responding? With one of their best surges of the season.

"You know those guys aren't worried about six games," Bruce said. "It's going to be a battle until the end. That's what we expect."

Since getting swept by the Cardinals in early August, the Reds have taken control by winning 12 of 16. At 76-55, the Reds are 21 games above .500 for the first time since 1999, when they lost a one-game playoff to the Mets for the NL wild card.

They've been winning games every which way.

Hoffman (2-7) walked Ryan Hanigan to open the 10th. Pinch-runner Brandon Phillips stopped at second on Chris Heisey's two-out single. Bruce then singled through the hole at shortstop to end it, with Phillips sliding home well ahead of the throw.

Francisco Cordero (5-4) gave up a single in the 10th.

Bruce also opened the Reds' first with his eighth homer in his last 16 games. Joey Votto doubled home a run, extending his hitting streak to nine games. Juan Francisco tied it at 4 in the sixth inning with a pinch-hit, solo homer off Mike McClendon.

The Reds wasted chances to pull away early.

Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf struggled with his control, walking five batters and hitting another in his five innings. The Reds hit into four double plays to scuttle threats, including one with the bases loaded in the fifth.

"Some days, you just feel dead," Wolf said. "Fortunately, I'll only have a few of those during the year. Today just happened to be one of those days."

Cincinnati also had some bad moments on the bases, getting runners thrown out at second, at third and at the plate after a rundown.

"That felt like the Twilight Zone," manager Dusty Baker said. "In a championship season, you can't make those kinds of mistakes. You just hope they fight through them and learn from them."

The Brewers stole a season-high four bases -- three in one inning -- off right-hander Homer Bailey, who lasted six innings. Casey McGehee had a run-scoring double for his 28th RBI in August, the most in the majors.

Wolf made Brewers history in the third inning, becoming the franchise's first pitcher to steal a base.

"That's crazy," said Wolf, who saw that Bailey wasn't paying much attention to him and took off. "So does that mean I'm going to have a bobblehead?"

It was one of three steals during the two-run inning -- Rickie Weeks and Ryan Braun also stole, though Braun was then picked off second.

"I wouldn't call tonight's game a clinic on base running -- either side," Brewers manager Ken Macha said.

Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain made a sensational play to steal a hit in the sixth, slamming full-speed into the wall in left-center field to catch Ryan Hanigan's fly. Cain stayed on his back for a few minutes to catch his breath, but remained in the game.

The Reds decided before the game to add a little sizzle to their bullpen for the rest of the series. They'll call up left-hander Aroldis Chapman before Tuesday's game, introducing his 105 mph fastball to the majors. The 22-year-old Cuban defector signed a six-year, $30.25 million deal in January.

Notes

  • Only 14,589 fans bought tickets, the Reds' smallest crowd since June 8.
  • Wolf's steal was the second of his career. He also swiped a base last season with Los Angeles.
  • Francisco's homer was the second of his career.
  • RHP Aaron Harang will be activated off the DL and start Tuesday's game. Harang has been sidelined since July 6 by back spasms.
  • Phillips was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game with a bruised right hand, hit by a pitch. He declined to talk about his hand it before the game.
 
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Jay Bruce, who delivers the walk-off hit, celebrates with Brandon Phillips, who represents the winning run in the 10th.  (AP)
Jay Bruce, who delivers the walk-off hit, celebrates with Brandon Phillips, who represents the winning run in the 10th. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

J. Bruce
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rickie Weeks, 2B5110020 .271
Corey Hart, RF5001010 .281
Ryan Braun, LF5021000 .301
Prince Fielder, 1B4110112 .269
Casey McGehee, 3B4021011 .286
Lorenzo Cain, CF3110103 .303
Alcides Escobar, SS4011000 .250
George Kottaras, C4000022 .203
Randy Wolf, P2110000 .237
    Michael McClendon, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Dickerson, PH1000000 .244
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
   b- Joe Inglett, PH1000010 .273
    Zach Braddock, P0000000 .000
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Totals3849428  
a-grounded out for McClendon in the 7th
b-struck out for Loe in the 9th
Batting
2B - Prince Fielder (22, Bailey), Casey McGehee (31, Bailey)
3B - Alcides Escobar (9, Bailey)
RBI - Corey Hart (82), Ryan Braun (80), Casey McGehee (86), Alcides Escobar (38)
2-OUT RBI - Alcides Escobar (16)
SB - Rickie Weeks (9, 3rd base off Bailey/Hanigan), Ryan Braun (14, 2nd base off Bailey/Hanigan), Lorenzo Cain (5, 2nd base off Bailey/Hanigan), Randy Wolf (1, 2nd base off Bailey/Hanigan)
PK - Ryan Braun (3, Bailey)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Lorenzo Cain 1, Corey Hart 1
DP - McGehee-Weeks-Fielder, Escobar-Weeks-Fielder, Cain-Weeks, Escobar-Weeks-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Randy Wolf 5833501 4.76
Michael McClendon (BS,1) 1111001 2.53
Kameron Loe 2100120 2.80
Zach Braddock 1100110 2.83
Trevor Hoffman (L,2-7) 0.2211100 6.23
HBP - Gomes (by Randy Wolf)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 106-65, Michael McClendon 12-6, Kameron Loe 41-26, Zach Braddock 21-13, Trevor Hoffman 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 4-6, Kameron Loe 1-3
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 24, Michael McClendon 4, Kameron Loe 8, Zach Braddock 5, Trevor Hoffman 5
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jay Bruce, RF5232100 .274
Chris Valaika, 2B5030000 .400
Joey Votto, 1B4011102 .325
Scott Rolen, 3B4010103 .291
Jonny Gomes, LF3010011 .262
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
   a- Miguel Cairo, PH1000012 .285
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Ryan Hanigan, C4110112 .287
    Brandon Phillips, PR0100000 .290
Drew Stubbs, CF3000201 .240
Paul Janish, SS4000103 .259
Homer Bailey, P1011100 .273
   b- Juan Francisco, PH1111000 .320
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
    Chris Heisey, LF2010001 .263
Totals37513583  
a-struck out for Masset in the 9th
b-homered for Bailey in the 6th
Batting
2B - Joey Votto (25, Wolf), Scott Rolen (27, Loe), Ryan Hanigan (8, Wolf)
HR - Jay Bruce (18, Wolf), Juan Francisco (1, McClendon)
RBI - Jay Bruce 2 (58), Joey Votto (94), Homer Bailey (2), Juan Francisco (6)
2-OUT RBI - Jay Bruce (17), Homer Bailey (2), Juan Francisco (2)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Bailey-Votto
E - Logan Ondrusek (1, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Homer Bailey 6844240 4.92
Logan Ondrusek 1000000 4.43
Bill Bray 0.1000010 4.50
Nick Masset 1.2000020 3.34
Francisco Cordero (W,5-4) 1100010 3.58
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 103-64, Logan Ondrusek 12-7, Bill Bray 4-4, Nick Masset 12-10, Francisco Cordero 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 5-7, Logan Ondrusek 4-0, Francisco Cordero 1-1
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 26, Logan Ondrusek 4, Bill Bray 1, Nick Masset 5, Francisco Cordero 4
Game Information
Attendance - 14589
Game Time - 3:37
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom