Bruce’s solo shot lifts Reds over Brewers in 10th

Published 11:19 pm Saturday, July 9, 2011

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jay Bruce hit a solo homer to start the 10th inning and Cincinnati exploded for five runs to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4 on Saturday night after the Reds met before the game to clear the air following more than a week of frustration.

The Reds, who also got a home run from Ramon Hernandez early, had lost six of their previous eight to fall a season-worst two games under .500 and appeared to be in trouble several times in this one.

But Bruce hit a towering homer off Marco Estrada (2-6) to right field, his 21st this season, and the Reds added four insurance runs in the inning by sending 10 men to the plate.

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Milwaukee was again without Ryan Braun and blew a big opportunity in the ninth.