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Bruce homers twice in Reds 4-0 win over Padres

(Source: FOX19 NOW file) (Source: FOX19 NOW file)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Two giant swings by Jay Bruce and a near perfect outing by Johnny Cueto lifted the Reds to a 4-0 win over the Padres on Sunday to avoid the sweep.
 
“We have plenty on confidence,” said Bruce. “The teams that don't let the tough losses get to them for too long are the ones that can push forward and win games they're supposed to win.”
 
Bruce hit a solo home run in the second inning, but it was a three-run homer in the sixth inning, with Joey Votto and Todd Frazier aboard, that gave the Reds (24-31) and Cueto the insurance they needed to put the Padres away.
 
“That's so big in that situation,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “It's a huge relief to create the separation and give the bullpen a little more wiggle room at the back end.”
 
Cueto (4-4, 2.64 ERA) pitched seven strong innings in his eleventh start of the season. He gave up just four hits and struck out nine with two walks.
 
“I'm feeling really good,” Cueto said. “I feel really well with how things went today. We need this and this is what I'm here for. I want my team to stand up and continue doing this.” 
 
Bruce recorded a multi-homer game for the first time since September 2014 and the 16th time in his career. Joey Votto had two hits in the Reds' win extending his on-base streak to a season-high 16 straight games.

The Reds host the Phillies on Monday at 7:10 p.m. Mike Leake will get the start against Philadelphia's Cole Hamels.

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