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Reds 7, Diamondbacks 2

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CINCINNATI -- No one can call the Cincinnati Reds losers anymore.

Jay Bruce returned from a two-week layoff and homered in each of his first two at-bats Monday night, and the Reds went deep five times in all during a 7-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks that secured their first winning season since 2000.

Postseason Chase

The Reds' nine-year streak of losing seasons was their longest in a half-century. The last time they finished above .500, Ken Griffey Jr. was in his first season with his hometown team.

"I don't know if it means a lot to this group of guys," starter Bronson Arroyo said. "We weren't around for all the hard times. We're a young team. For the organization and the city, it's got to be satisfying."

With each win, the NL Central leaders close in on another breakthrough -- their first playoff appearance since 1995. They entered Monday with a six-game lead over St. Louis.

"Winning the division is the next step," manager Dusty Baker said. "The next step is the playoffs. We've got one step out of the way. There's three or four more to go."

They're starting to get some of their injured players back along the way.

Bruce missed the last two weeks because of a strained abdomen. He hit a solo homer and a two-run shot off Barry Enright (6-4), and later added an RBI single.

When he got to the dugout after his second homer, catcher Ramon Hernandez had a question.

"He said, 'That easy, huh?"' Bruce said. "I said, 'No, it's not that easy."'

The Reds made it look easy all-around. Drew Stubbs, Joey Votto and Orlando Cabrera added solo homers. Arroyo (15-10) gave up a pair of solo shots in six innings while reaching 15 wins for the third straight season.

Miguel Montero and Ryan Church hit back-to-back homers in the second inning. Arroyo gave up seven hits overall and struck out a season-high eight even though he felt tired.

"The velocity was way down on my fastball," said Arroyo, who was clocked around 84 mph. "You don't have your zip sometimes."

Cincinnati sold only 12,061 tickets -- its smallest crowd this season -- for the breakthrough win.

The Reds took two of three last weekend from Pittsburgh despite big problems in the bullpen, which blew three save chances and set up a pair of extra-inning games. The home run barrage prevented any late drama this time.

Arizona fell to 0-4 this season against Cincinnati. The Diamondbacks have lost eight of their last nine overall.

The Reds made a trade before the game to help their injury-thinned outfield, acquiring Willie Bloomquist from the Royals. Bloomquist will join the team on Tuesday.

Cincinnati played the weekend series against Pittsburgh with only two fully healthy experienced outfielders -- Jonny Gomes in left and Stubbs in center. Bruce was originally out of Monday's lineup, but Baker changed his mind because outfielder Chris Heisey was sore.

Bruce reassured Baker that he felt fine.

Better than fine, as it turned out.

"That was more than we could ask for right there," Baker said. "It was a big day for Jay. It was a big day for us. We needed that badly."

Bruce hit the fifth pitch he saw into the seats in right field, picking up his power surge. The outfielder was working on a stretch of five homers in four games when he pulled an abdominal muscle during batting practice on Aug. 31, forcing him from the lineup.

In his next at-bat, Bruce hit a two-run shot off Enright, who hadn't allowed more than two homers in any of his other 13 starts during his debut season. Enright gave up seven hits and five runs in only three innings, by far his shortest start so far.

"Balls were middle-up and my breaking ball was flat," he said.

Notes

Diamondbacks 3B Mark Reynolds got a day of rest. He has a sore hand and is in an 0-for-23 slump. ... Arizona called up C Konrad Schmidt, who batted .315 at Double-A Mobile. ... Diamondbacks pinch-hitter Rusty Ryal fouled off 10 pitches with two strikes against LHP Bill Bray. He eventually struck out on the 16th pitch. ... It was Bruce's 19th multihomer game, his fourth this season. He hit three in a 7-1 win over the Cubs on Aug. 27 at Great American Ball Park. ... Reds reliever Jordan Smith was ejected by plate umpire John Hirschbeck for complaining about ball-and-strike calls as he left the field. ... Brandon Phillips ended an 0-for-15 slump with a single in the eighth.

 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

J. Bruce
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
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R. Church
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stephen Drew, SS4020114 .275
Tony Abreu, 3B5000016 .235
Kelly Johnson, 2B5000014 .270
Justin Upton, RF4000035 .272
Miguel Montero, C4111032 .281
Ryan Church, CF3121000 .201
   a- Ryan Roberts, PH-LF1000010 .190
Brandon Allen, 1B3010001 .273
   b- Rusty Ryal, PH-1B1000010 .267
Gerardo Parra, LF-CF4020011 .253
Barry Enright, P1000010 .259
   c- Cole Gillespie, PH1000002 .215
    Leo Rosales, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Rosa, P0000000 .000
   d- Augie Ojeda, PH0000100 .200
    D.J. Carrasco, P0000000 .000
    Jordan Norberto, P0000000 .000
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
   e- Konrad Schmidt, PH0000100 .000
Totals36282313  
a-struck out for Church in the 8th
b-struck out for Allen in the 8th
c-flied out for Enright in the 4th
d-walked for Rosa in the 7th
e-walked for Gutierrez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brandon Allen (2, Arroyo)
HR - Miguel Montero (9, Arroyo), Ryan Church (4, Arroyo)
RBI - Miguel Montero (41), Ryan Church (21)
Team LOB - 10
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Barry Enright (L,6-4) 3755104 3.39
Leo Rosales 2111111 6.92
Carlos Rosa 1100000 5.87
D.J. Carrasco 0.2111100 3.87
Jordan Norberto 0.1100010 5.71
Juan Gutierrez 1100010 5.36
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Enright 72-47, Leo Rosales 25-16, Carlos Rosa 13-9, D.J. Carrasco 14-8, Jordan Norberto 6-6, Juan Gutierrez 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Enright 2-6, Leo Rosales 1-4, Carlos Rosa 1-2, D.J. Carrasco 1-1, Juan Gutierrez 1-1
Batters Faced - Barry Enright 16, Leo Rosales 8, Carlos Rosa 4, D.J. Carrasco 4, Jordan Norberto 2, Juan Gutierrez 4
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Phillips, 2B4010101 .279
Orlando Cabrera, SS5221002 .265
Joey Votto, 1B4121001 .321
Scott Rolen, 3B3110102 .294
Jonny Gomes, LF3000104 .258
Jay Bruce, RF4234011 .278
Drew Stubbs, CF4121012 .248
Ryan Hanigan, C4010000 .278
Bronson Arroyo, P2000000 .145
   a- Juan Francisco, PH1000001 .306
    Jordan Smith, P0000000 .000
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
   b- Yonder Alonso, PH1000010 .222
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
Totals35712733  
a-flied out for Arroyo in the 6th
b-struck out for Bray in the 8th
Batting
2B - Orlando Cabrera (27, Carrasco)
HR - Orlando Cabrera (4, Rosales), Joey Votto (34, Enright), Jay Bruce 2 (20, Enright, Enright), Drew Stubbs (17, Enright)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera (40), Joey Votto (103), Jay Bruce 4 (62), Drew Stubbs (66)
2-OUT RBI - Jay Bruce 3 (20)
SB - Joey Votto (14, 2nd base off Enright/Montero)
CS - Drew Stubbs (5, 2nd base by Enright/Montero)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Scott Rolen (7, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bronson Arroyo (W,15-10) 6722082 4.05
Jordan Smith0000200 3.38
Bill Bray (H,2) 2000030 4.56
Logan Ondrusek 1100120 4.24
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 107-72, Jordan Smith 9-1, Bill Bray 34-26, Logan Ondrusek 25-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 6-5, Bill Bray 1-2
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 26, Jordan Smith 2, Bill Bray 6, Logan Ondrusek 5
Game Information
Attendance - 12061
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Wally Bell