CINCINNATI -- Jay Bruce has been hitting the ball hard continually this season with few positive results. But he appears to be turning things around.
Bruce has hit safely in four consecutive games, batting .357 with three homers and five RBIs in that stretch. Bruce hit two homers in a game for the sixth time in his career on Sunday at Pittsburgh.
In Thursday's win, Bruce went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and launched an Eephus pitch from Dodgers starter Vicente Padilla 349 feet into the visitors bullpen for a two-run home run that put the Reds ahead in the sixth.
"The last few games he's been finding holes and some of them are over the fence," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "Those are tough to catch. Two hits a night will cure most anything."