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Bruce hits 2 HRs, Reds beat Diamondbacks 7-2

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

The Reds' nine-year streak of losing seasons was their longest in a half-century. With each win, the NL Central leaders close in on another breakthrough - their first playoff appearance since 1995.

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.

Drew Stubbs, Joey Votto and Orlando Cabrera also homered.

Bronson Arroyo (15-10) gave up a pair of solo homers in six innings while reaching 15 wins for the third straight season.

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