ST. LOUIS -- Following a hot first week when he had three home runs through his first three games, it's cooled off entirely at the plate for Reds right fielder Jay Bruce lately. Bruce entered Wednesday with a career-long hitless streak -- 0-for-19, then singled in his first at-bat in the second inning. Inconsistency at the plate has been a bugaboo for Bruce since he debuted in the Majors in 2008. "That's frustrating him," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He wants to be more consistent and not hot and cold. There are certain players like that and certain players that it takes a while to figure out how to remain consistent. Nobody remains hot all the time."