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Bruce fans five times as Reds rout Cubs in finale

Bruce fans five times as Reds rout Cubs in finale

CINCINNATI -- It was an overall splendid day for a Reds lineup that tallied 11 hits on Thursday in a 7-2 victory over the Cubs to win a three-game series.

Take away the victory, and it would be a miserable afternoon at the plate for Jay Bruce. The right fielder went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts -- the rare platinum sombrero, perhaps.

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A five-strikeout game has happened only seven times in Reds history since 1900, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It last happened on the club to Adam Dunn at Arizona on Aug. 20, 2002.

Here are the others, which all happened in games that lasted longer than nine innings:

Eric Davis on April 25, 1987, vs. the Astros (10 innings).
George Foster on Aug. 8, 1972, vs. the Dodgers (19 innings).
Pete Rose on Aug. 15, 1970, vs. the Phillies (14 innings).

Deron Johnson did it twice in just over one month of the 1964 season -- on Aug. 29 vs. the Astros in 11 innings and Sept. 30 vs. the Pirates in a 16-inning game.

Bruce went down swinging in four of his five strikeouts and ended an inning three times. In the sixth inning, after he got the golden sombrero with strikeout No. 4 while facing Wesley Wright, boos echoed from the 21,316 fans at Great American Ball Park. In the eighth, Bruce chased a Kyuji Fujikawa pitch outside for his fifth strikeout and heard more boos.

Only two of the Reds eight position players came up hitless on Thursday -- Bruce and Skip Schumaker.

Bruce, who went 3-for-25 on the homestand, is batting .218 with 14 home runs and 55 RBIs this season.

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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