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Six Reds tally two RBI in easy win over Brewers

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CINCINNATI -- Jay Bruce has been getting pitches to hit all season. Lately, he's doing something with them.

Bruce homered his first time up, then doubled twice during a seven-run burst as the Cincinnati Reds delighted a sellout crowd, battering the Milwaukee Brewers 13-7 on Saturday.

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"It's a long season," said Bruce, who's hit just three homers after leading the Reds with 34 last season. "I'm trying to get pitches to hit. Lately, I've been missing them less."

Manager Dusty Baker has seen his two-time All-Star starting to put it together.

"I told Jay he's on his way," Baker said. "You could tell the way he's been swinging the bat the last couple of days."

Six different Reds players drove in two runs each, including starting pitcher Mat Latos (4-0).

Baker never is comfortable against the hard-hitting Brewers.

"You've got to get a lot of run support," said Baker, whose defending NL Central champions moved five games over .500 for the first time this season. "Those guys can hit. You've got to keep scoring and scoring and scoring."

The bottom five hitters in Cincinnati's lineup were a combined 8 for 9 in the first three innings alone, scoring 10 runs and driving in six against Hiram Burgos (1-1). The rookie allowed 12 runs on 11 hits and three walks in those three innings.

"You feel kind of bad for the kid, but you can't be called off," Baker said. "You could tell it was going to be one of those-high scoring games."

Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke felt as if he had no choice but to leave Burgos in the game.

"I don't ever want to do that to somebody again," he said. "We're hurting in the bullpen."

A promotion featuring Aroldis Chapman bobbleheads drew a crowd of 41,678. The Reds never needed their closer after romping early.

Bruce led off a five-run second that was helped by a pair of fielding mistakes by left fielder Ryan Braun. Bruce opened the seven-run third with a double and capped it with an RBI double that made it 12-4.

Bruce became the first Reds player with two hits in one inning since Drew Stubbs on April 25, 2011, at Milwaukee and the first Reds player with two doubles in one inning since Sean Casey on Aug. 7, 1998, also against Milwaukee.

Latos won his fourth straight start. He allowed a total of 14 runs in his previous seven starts, but gave up seven in this win, including solo homers by Jean Segura and Norichika Aoki.

"Give the `W' to the offense," a plainly disgusted Latos said. "They deserve it. I felt all right. I didn't allow myself to have my best stuff. I was aggravated with myself. It was a poor performance."

Latos got two hits and scored twice.

"I could't care less," he said. "I gave up seven runs. ... I couldn't care less about the hits."

Latos almost didn't last long enough to qualify for the win, Baker said.

"I was tempted (to pull Latos) in the fifth," Baker said. "I told him, `You're about to blow this victory.' We helped him."

Latos gave up a homer to Segura with one out in the first and Aramis Ramirez hit an RBI double off the wall later in the inning.

Baker believes the Brewers are even more dangerous with Segura, who's in his first full season with Milwaukee after being acquired from the Angels in the Zack Greinke deal last July.

"With Segura,you've got to score even more," Baker said. "He's a heck of a player. That was a heck of a trade."

After Bruce opened the Reds' second with a 437-foot homer for his second shot in three games, Braun allowed what looked like an easy fly ball by Xavier Paul to drop behind him for a two-base error. Braun later overthrew the cutoff man on Zack Cozart's sacrifice fly, allowing runners to advance and setting up Joey Votto's RBI groundout.

Milwaukee got two runs back in the third on Braun's RBI double and Ramirez's run-scoring single, but the Reds pulled away in the bottom half.

Cincinnati's spree included Latos' RBI groundball single up the middle through a drawn-in infield.

Aoki added his fourth homer of the season in the sixth.

Notes

  • The win clinched the three-game series for the Reds, giving them six wins in seven home series this season.
  • Reds OF Chris Heisey is scheduled to start a rehab assignment Monday at Double-A Pensacola. Heisey has been on the disabled list since April 29 with a strained right hamstring.
  • For the first time in franchise history, the Reds wore red jerseys with "Los Rojos" written in script across the front.
  • Aoki's strikeout leading off the game snapped at 37 his streak of consecutive plate appearances without fanning.
  • RHP Bronson Arroyo (2-4) starts Sunday's series finale for the Reds against RHP Wily Peralta (3-2).
 
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Jay Bruce collects a pair of doubles to go with a home run as six Reds players notch two RBI.  (USATSI)
Jay Bruce collects a pair of doubles to go with a home run as six Reds players notch two RBI. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

J. Segura
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 1
Cincinnati

J. Bruce
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF5111010 .297
Jean Segura, SS5341001 .352
Ryan Braun, LF4211103 .316
    Jim Henderson, P0000000 .000
Aramis Ramirez, 3B2022100 .419
    Alex Gonzalez, PR-1B2110000 .183
Jonathan Lucroy, C4000113 .226
Carlos Gomez, CF5022022 .374
Rickie Weeks, 2B3000103 .179
Yuniesky Betancourt, 1B-3B4000012 .248
Hiram Burgos, P2000020 .000
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
   a- Martin Maldonado, PH1000000 .220
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Kintzler, P0000000 .000
   b- Logan Schafer, PH-LF1000000 .171
Totals38711747  
a-fouled out for Badenhop in the 6th
b-flied out for Kintzler in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jean Segura (5, Ondrusek), Ryan Braun (7, Latos), Aramis Ramirez (5, Latos), Carlos Gomez (10, Latos)
HR - Norichika Aoki (4, Latos), Jean Segura (6, Latos)
RBI - Norichika Aoki (8), Jean Segura (15), Ryan Braun (26), Aramis Ramirez 2 (6), Carlos Gomez 2 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Norichika Aoki (1)
SB - Jean Segura (9, 2nd base off Latos/Mesoraco)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
PB - Jonathan Lucroy (4)
E - Ryan Braun (1, Dropped fly)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hiram Burgos (L,1-1) 3111210321 6.86
Burke Badenhop 2100040 3.46
Mike Gonzalez 0.2211210 4.26
Brandon Kintzler 1.1000020 4.70
Jim Henderson 1000020 1.20
Pitches-Strikes - Hiram Burgos 88-52, Burke Badenhop 26-18, Mike Gonzalez 30-15, Brandon Kintzler 17-12, Jim Henderson 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiram Burgos 2-6, Burke Badenhop 1-1, Brandon Kintzler 2-1, Jim Henderson 1-0
Batters Faced - Hiram Burgos 24, Burke Badenhop 7, Mike Gonzalez 6, Brandon Kintzler 5, Jim Henderson 3
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, CF4112114 .316
Zack Cozart, SS3002003 .213
Joey Votto, 1B5122010 .312
Brandon Phillips, 2B5000033 .277
Jay Bruce, RF5232010 .258
Todd Frazier, 3B4321112 .244
    J.J. Hoover, P0000000 .000
Xavier Paul, LF3220100 .263
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
   a- Jack Hannahan, PH-3B1000010 .258
Devin Mesoraco, C4222121 .242
Mat Latos, P3222011 .211
   b- Derrick Robinson, PH-LF1000100 .304
Totals38131413511  
a-struck out for Ondrusek in the 8th
b-walked for Latos in the 6th
Batting
2B - Shin-Soo Choo (10, Burgos), Jay Bruce 2 (12, Burgos, Burgos), Todd Frazier (7, Burgos), Devin Mesoraco (5, Burgos)
HR - Jay Bruce (3, Burgos)
SF - Zack Cozart 2 (5)
RBI - Shin-Soo Choo 2 (17), Zack Cozart 2 (19), Joey Votto 2 (15), Jay Bruce 2 (20), Todd Frazier (25), Devin Mesoraco 2 (10), Mat Latos 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jay Bruce (4)
SB - Todd Frazier (3, 2nd base off Gonzalez/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-Cozart-Votto
E - Joey Votto (3, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mat Latos (W,4-0) 6976342 3.04
Logan Ondrusek 2200110 4.50
J.J. Hoover 1000020 3.57
Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 107-70, Logan Ondrusek 31-20, J.J. Hoover 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 8-6, Logan Ondrusek 2-3, J.J. Hoover 1-0
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 30, Logan Ondrusek 9, J.J. Hoover 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41678
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 55
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Gerry Davis