As job dictates, Bruce delivering when it counts

As job dictates, Bruce delivering when it counts

CINCINNATI -- In the Reds' first two victories over the Brewers in this series, right fielder Jay Bruce played big parts both times. In Monday's 3-1 win, Bruce's two-run double snapped a scoreless tie in the fourth inning. In the sixth inning of Tuesday's 4-3 win, Bruce's three-run home run to right field also broke open a game tied at zero.

"That's the key, especially in that fifth spot. That's the RBI man," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It's not the number of opportunities, it's coming through in as many opportunities as you can. That's big."

Bruce, who came into Wednesday's finale with hits in four straight games, had cooled since a strong April and was looking for consistency. But he hasn't been worn down mentally.

"Honestly, I never really felt bad," Bruce said. "In years' past when I felt bad, I felt like I didn't know why I was doing poorly or didn't know what it took to get out of it. I've pretty much felt the same.

"I've been in control of my at-bats for the most part, and I seem to have been able to slow the game down enough at least but just haven't been getting hits. Hopefully it's turning around. I feel good and just continue to try to put myself in a position to be successful."