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Reds win fourth straight on Bruce's walk-off shot in ninth

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CINCINNATI -- Jay Bruce had been one of the few Cincinnati Reds who didn't produce in the absence of All-Star first baseman Joey Votto.

He's trying to make up for lost time.

Bruce connected for a three-run, opposite-field homer in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night that sent the Reds over the New York Mets 3-0.

"I was just trying to hit the ball hard," said the All-Star right fielder, who went into the day hitting just .220 in 24 games since Votto left the lineup with an injured left knee.

The NL Central leaders and the Mets were a combined 0 for 18 with runners in scoring position before Bruce connected with no outs.

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"When you get guys on base, you want to keep getting guys on base until something happens," Bruce said.

Brandon Phillips drew a leadoff walk in the ninth from Manny Acosta (1-3), New York's fifth pitcher. Ryan Ludwick followed with single that sent Phillips to second.

Left-handed reliever Josh Edgin came in to face the lefty-hitting Bruce, who sent a drive into the left-field seats. It was Bruce's 23rd homer of the season and second in the Reds' last two games -- both off lefties.

Bruce's fourth career game-ending homer gave the Reds a season-high six-game lead over second-place Pittsburgh, which lost 11-0 to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Manager Dusty Baker gave the slumping Bruce two days off against the Cubs in Chicago before returning him to the starting lineup on Sunday against left-hander Brooks Raley. Bruce responded with a two-run homer that snapped a scoreless tie in a 3-0 win.

"That's great for us and great for him," Baker said. "That's great for his confidence. He's had chances. He just hadn't been swinging the bat well. We'd like to get him swinging well."

The Reds' defense, which went into the game tied for the best overall fielding percentage in the league, also saved at least one run in the ninth. After appearing to misjudge the ball, center fielder Drew Stubbs made a backhanded shoetop catch of Ruben Tejada's sinking liner with two outs and runners on second and third.

Jose Arredondo (5-2) wound up with the win,

Both teams went into the game after getting Monday off. The Mets opened a six-game road trip, while the Reds started a grueling stretch of 17 games in 16 days.

Starters Mat Latos of the Reds and Chris Young of the Mets spent most of their nights pitching into and out of trouble. In all, the clubs stranded a total of 24 runners on base.

Young allowed eight hits and four walks and threw a wild pitch in 5 2/3 innings. He deserved better support, manager Terry Collins said.

"He executed the game plan to perfection with guys on base," Collins said. "We had opportunities. We have to find a way to score with runners on base and less than two outs."

Latos gave up five hits and two walks in seven innings. He was aided in the fourth when Phillips, the Gold Glove second baseman, made a leaping backhand stab of Young's line drive up the middle with the bases loaded and two outs.

"That's been our mantra all year," Bruce said. "We're going to play good defense, and our pitching's been great."

Latos was happy to just keep the Reds in the game, he said

"I could care less about [personal] wins," he said. "As long as we win, you could put an infielder on the mound. Winning is all that matters to me."

Notes

  • Mets RHP Tim Byrdak expects to have surgery on Sept. 5 to repair a torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder. Byrdak went on the disabled list on Aug. 2 and will miss the rest of the season.
  • Reds RHP Homer Bailey watched fellow Texan Andy Roddick play in the Western & Southern Open in suburban Cincinnati on Tuesday.
  • Reds manager Dusty Baker confirmed that the Reds will call up a pitcher to start one of the games of Saturday's day-night doubleheader against the Cubs. The Reds are the only team in the majors this season to use just five starting pitchers.
 
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Jay Bruce is mobbed at home plate after winning the game with a three-run blast in the bottom of the ninth.   (US Presswire)
Jay Bruce is mobbed at home plate after winning the game with a three-run blast in the bottom of the ninth. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

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

R. Ludwick
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ruben Tejada, SS5010013 .318
Mike Baxter, RF4010002 .303
David Wright, 3B3000122 .323
Ike Davis, 1B3000112 .215
Daniel Murphy, 2B4010011 .296
Jordany Valdespin, LF3010000 .259
Andres Torres, CF3000012 .240
Josh Thole, C2010202 .262
Chris Young, P2000003 .143
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
   a- Ronny Cedeno, PH0000000 .284
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
   b- Scott Hairston, PH1010000 .267
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
    Josh Edgin, P0000000 .000
Totals3006046  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Ramirez in the 7th
b-singled for Rauch in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ruben Tejada (18, Latos)
SH - Jordany Valdespin (2), Ronny Cedeno (2)
SB - Scott Hairston (7, 2nd base off Arredondo/Hanigan)
CS - David Wright (9, 2nd base by Marshall/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Murphy-Davis
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Young 5.2800440 4.50
Ramon Ramirez 0.1000000 4.20
Bobby Parnell 1100220 3.04
Jon Rauch 1000010 3.14
Manny Acosta (L,1-3)0122100 9.29
Josh Edgin0111001 5.79
IBB - Hanigan by Chris Young
WP - Chris Young (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 105-65, Ramon Ramirez 3-3, Bobby Parnell 22-12, Jon Rauch 12-8, Manny Acosta 6-2, Josh Edgin 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 2-10, Ramon Ramirez 1-0, Bobby Parnell 1-0, Jon Rauch 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Young 28, Ramon Ramirez 1, Bobby Parnell 6, Jon Rauch 3, Manny Acosta 2, Josh Edgin 1
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Zack Cozart, SS4020102 .245
Drew Stubbs, CF4010004 .229
Brandon Phillips, 2B2100311 .295
Ryan Ludwick, LF5120013 .268
Jay Bruce, RF5123024 .245
Todd Frazier, 1B-3B4010001 .280
Wilson Valdez, 3B3000011 .211
   a- Xavier Paul, PH0000100 .344
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
    Jose Arredondo, P0000000 .000
Ryan Hanigan, C3020103 .282
Mat Latos, P2010112 .178
    Miguel Cairo, 1B1000010 .156
Totals33311377  
a-walked for Valdez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Zack Cozart (25, C. Young), Ryan Ludwick (23, C. Young), Jay Bruce (28, C. Young), Ryan Hanigan (12, C. Young)
HR - Jay Bruce (23, Edgin)
SH - Drew Stubbs (5)
RBI - Jay Bruce 3 (72)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Hanigan-Cozart
E - Ryan Hanigan (4, Interference)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mat Latos 7500240 3.63
Sean Marshall 1000120 2.82
Jose Arredondo (W,5-2) 1100100 2.51
IBB - Thole by Mat Latos
Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 103-70, Sean Marshall 11-7, Jose Arredondo 22-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 7-10
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 29, Sean Marshall 3, Jose Arredondo 5
Game Information
Attendance - 26113
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Dan Iassogna