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Bruce sparks Reds comeback in double-header sweep of Cubs

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CINCINNATI -- Jay Bruce homered again for a first-game win. Billy Hamilton finished off Cincinnati's biggest comeback of the season for a doubleheader sweep.

Finally, the Reds sense they are making headway.

Bruce's homer sent Cincinnati to a 4-2 win in the opener on Tuesday, and Hamilton's ninth-inning single gave the Reds a 6-5 victory and a sweep of the last-place Chicago Cubs.

With three wins in two days over Chicago, the Reds moved within 3 1/2 games of first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central, their smallest deficit since April 9.

"It just unifies all of us," manager Bryan Price said. "We just feel really good right now."

So good that some of them wanted to keep going at the end of a very long day.

"Let's play three!" Hamilton said. "I'm ready to go right now."

The Reds fell behind 5-0 in the third inning of the nightcap. Their biggest comeback of the season had been two runs. They took advantage of a struggling team, sending Chicago to its fifth straight loss.

Bruce doubled home the tying run in the eighth. Hamilton then had a broken-bat RBI single in the ninth off Hector Rondon (1-3) for the Reds' first doubleheader sweep since 2009 against Pittsburgh.

Hamilton has driven in six runs during the series, relishing the clutch situations.

"I love `em," Hamilton said. "I want to be the guy in a situation like that."

The Cubs have been swept in all three of their doubleheaders this season. They haven't won a game since trading starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for a package of prospects.

In the opener, Bruce returned to right field and hit another two-run homer, connecting off Travis Wood (7-7) during a three-run first inning.

Johnny Cueto (9-6) extended his stretch of success against the Cubs. He is 5-0 in his last seven starts against Chicago with a 1.19 ERA.

Chris Coghlan homered in both games and helped the Cubs get in position for a split, but Chicago's bullpen couldn't hold on.

Coghlan hit the first of three homers off left-hander David Holmberg, who lasted only 2 2/3 innings in his Reds debut. Coghlan is 7 for 12 in the series with two homers and two doubles.

Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada made his major league debut and gave up an unearned run in five innings, leaving with a 5-1 lead. Hamilton's RBI triple cut it to 5-4 in the seventh, and Bruce -- playing first base in the nightcap -- had another pivotal extra-base hit against Pedro Strop.

Rondon gave up a pair of singles to open the ninth, and Hamilton singled to the opposite field for the win.

The Reds put first baseman Joey Votto back on the disabled list before Game 1, hoping a strained muscle above his left knee will heal enough to let him play this season. They're using different players -- including Bruce -- at the position for now.

"The only thing you can see that's positive out of this is it's creating opportunities for other guys to play and they're taking advantage of it," Price said.

Bruce played right field in the first game and connected in the first inning off Wood. That made three straight games in which the left-handed hitter had a two-run homer off a lefty.

Bruce has 50 homers off lefties during the last five seasons, the most by any player in the majors.

Cueto gave up six hits in 6 1/3 innings, including back-to-back homers in the sixth by Coghlan and Ryan Sweeney.

Manny Parra pitched out of a one-out, bases-loaded threat in the seventh. Aroldis Chapman gave up a hit and a walk in the ninth while getting his 18th save in 20 chances.

Notes

The opening game made up an April 28 postponement. ... The start of the second game was delayed 35 minutes because of a forecast of rain. ... Junior Lake snapped an 0 for 20 slump with a single in the ninth off Chapman in the opening game. ... Reds C Brayan Pena was reinstated from the paternity list, filling Votto's roster spot. ... Reds 3B Todd Frazier will participate in the All-Star Home Run Derby.

 
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B. Hamilton
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H 2
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Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Junior Lake, CF5000015 .222
Justin Ruggiano, RF4010112 .294
Anthony Rizzo, 1B5131002 .277
Starlin Castro, SS5110014 .280
Welington Castillo, C3000212 .232
Mike Olt, 3B3212114 .150
   a-Luis Valbuena, PH-3B1000000 .255
Chris Coghlan, LF4122110 .262
Darwin Barney, 2B5030021 .224
Tsuyoshi Wada, P1000101 .000
   Brian Schlitter, P00000001.000
   b-Nate Schierholtz, PH1000011 .209
   Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
   Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .000
   Pedro Strop, P0000000 .000
   Hector Rondon, P0000000 .000
Totals37511569  
a-lined out for Olt in the 9th
b-struck out for Schlitter in the 7th
Batting
2B - Anthony Rizzo (14, Hoover), Darwin Barney (10, Holmberg)
HR - Anthony Rizzo (19, Holmberg), Mike Olt (12, Holmberg), Chris Coghlan (4, Holmberg)
SH - Tsuyoshi Wada (1)
RBI - Anthony Rizzo (48), Mike Olt 2 (29), Chris Coghlan 2 (10)
SB - Justin Ruggiano (1, 2nd base off Contreras/Barnhart)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Castro-Barney-Rizzo, Castro-Barney-Rizzo-Castro-Barney-Rizzo
E - Junior Lake (6, Throwing)
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tsuyoshi Wada 5510130 0.00
Brian Schlitter 1111000 2.61
Wesley Wright 0011100 2.59
Carlos Villanueva (H,2) 1111200 6.47
Pedro Strop (BS,2) 1211020 3.23
Hector Rondon (L,1-3) 0311000 3.90
Pitches-Strikes - Tsuyoshi Wada 87-58, Brian Schlitter 11-7, Wesley Wright 5-1, Carlos Villanueva 22-9, Pedro Strop 20-13, Hector Rondon 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tsuyoshi Wada 5-5, Brian Schlitter 3-0, Carlos Villanueva 2-0
Batters Faced - Tsuyoshi Wada 19, Brian Schlitter 4, Wesley Wright 1, Carlos Villanueva 5, Pedro Strop 5, Hector Rondon 3
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Billy Hamilton, CF4022100 .280
Todd Frazier, 3B4110002 .289
Brandon Phillips, 2B4110011 .269
Jay Bruce, 1B4012000 .233
Ryan Ludwick, LF4010011 .257
Skip Schumaker, RF3210112 .254
Zack Cozart, SS3120101 .237
Tucker Barnhart, C2010102 .133
   Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
   a-Brayan Pena, PH1010000 .260
   Mike Leake, PR0100000 .125
David Holmberg, P0000000 .000
   Carlos Contreras, P1000010 .000
   b-Chris Heisey, PH1000013 .225
   J.J. Hoover, P0000000 .000
   c-Devin Mesoraco, PH-C2010000 .313
Totals33612445  
a-singled for Ondrusek in the 9th
b-struck out for Contreras in the 5th
c-grounded into a double play for Hoover in the 7th
Batting
2B - Todd Frazier (17, Schlitter), Jay Bruce (18, Strop), Ryan Ludwick (12, Wada)
3B - Billy Hamilton (5, Villanueva)
RBI - Billy Hamilton 2 (36), Jay Bruce 2 (40)
2-OUT RBI - Billy Hamilton (10)
PK - Tucker Barnhart (1, Wada)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - Tucker Barnhart (2)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Holmberg 2.2755313 16.88
Carlos Contreras 2.1100200 2.08
J.J. Hoover 2200160 4.75
Logan Ondrusek (W,3-2) 2100020 4.45
WP - David Holmberg (1)
Pitches-Strikes - David Holmberg 62-33, Carlos Contreras 44-24, J.J. Hoover 44-26, Logan Ondrusek 18-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Holmberg 3-4, Logan Ondrusek 2-2
Batters Faced - David Holmberg 18, Carlos Contreras 10, J.J. Hoover 9, Logan Ondrusek 7
Game Information
Attendance - 29991
Game Time - 3:33
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Toby Basner