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One streak ends, one continues for Bruce

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Right fielder Jay Bruce saw one hitting streak end and another continue in the same game on Friday.

A 2-for-4, two-RBI game helped give the Reds a 6-2 win over the Giants and extended Bruce's hitting streak to a season-high eight games. The bad news? Both hits were singles, so his streak of games with an extra-base hit ended at seven.

"He's been terrific," manager Bryan Price said. "When the season's over, we'll look up and be really pleased with what Jay's accomplished and what type of season he's had. It couldn't come at a better time."

It's not just that he's started to hit well after a prolonged slump that lasted most of the season, it's how he's getting hits. Bruce, who hit seven doubles during his streak, is making good contact and hitting the ball hard to the gaps.

"I'm feeling good. I feel like myself," Bruce said. "That's something that I'm looking to build on -- I'm looking to be better than just myself. I'm taking steps toward that every single day. Every day it's not going to jump out, but it's something I try to build on. [You] take what they give you and continue to work and continue to expect the preparation to be there and live with the results."

The club-record streak of extra-base hits is nine, held by Pete Rose (1966) and Sam Crawford (1900). No Reds player has had an eight-game streak since Dave Parker, in 1986.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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