Bruce's Home Run in 9th Lifts Reds Over Mets 3-0
The NL Central leaders and the Mets were a combined 0 for 18 with runners in scoring position before Bruce connected with no outs
New York Mets David Wright reacts after striking out against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Matt Latos in the third inning.
Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning and the Cincinnati Reds won their fourth game in a row, beating the New York Mets 3-0 Tuesday night.
The NL Central leaders and the Mets were a combined 0 for 18 with runners in scoring position before Bruce connected with no outs.
Brandon Phillips drew a leadoff walk in the ninth from Manny Acosta (1-3), New York's fifth pitcher. Ryan Ludwick followed with single that sent Phillips to second.
Left-handed reliever Josh Edgin came in to face the lefty-hitting Bruce, who sent a drive into the left-field seats. It was Bruce's 23rd homer of the season and second in the Reds' last two games — both off lefties.
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Published at 10:56 PM EDT on Aug 14, 2012
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