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Reds’ slumping slugger blasts 2-run homer to lift Cincinnati vs. Brewers


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CINCINNATI — Jay Bruce emerged from the deepest slump of his career — 0 for 26 — with a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning on Sunday, rallying Mat Latos and the Cincinnati Reds against the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2.

The Reds gained a game on the NL Central leaders by taking two of three in their series, moving to six back. Cincinnati has won 10 of 15 overall.

The Brewers have lost five of six but still have the NL’s best record and a comfortable lead.

 

Bruce hit a two-run shot with one out in the eighth off left-hander Will Smith (1-2), who took over for Yovani Gallardo.

A replay review overturned Ramon Santiago’s inside-the-park homer in the Reds second.

A fan reached his mitt onto the field and hit right fielder Logan Schafer’s glove as he tried to catch the fly ball in front of the wall. The umpires initially ruled the ball in play, and Santiago circled the bases as Schafer and the ball fell to the ground.

Following a 3-minute, 46-second review, Santiago was ruled out because of the fan’s interference.

Marlins 1

Cardinals 0

ST. LOUIS — Henderson Alvarez worked seven stingy innings and started the key rally with the first of his career-best three hits, helping the Miami Marlins beat

the St. Louis Cardinals to take two of three from their spring training partners.

Casey McGehee extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games with an RBI single in the first. Marcell Ozuna had a two-run single in a three-run sixth that made it 4-0, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s three-run homer off Jason Motte put Miami up 8-1 in the eighth.

The first two games of the series were decided by one run.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

White Sox 1

Mariners 0

CHICAGO — Hector Noesi pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning for his first win in a month, leading the Chicago White Sox to a victory against the Seattle Mariners.

Noesi (3-6) struck out five and walked two in 62/3 innings, a crisp performance against one of his former teams. The right-hander pitched for Seattle for parts of three seasons before he was cut in April.

Indians 4

Royals 1

 CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber allowed four hits and struck out 10 in 8 1-3 innings, and Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes homered, leading the Cleveland Indians to a win against the Kansas City Royals.

Kluber (8-6) took a three-hitter into the ninth before Eric Hosmer started the inning with a double. The right-hander, who gave up a solo homer to Mike Moustakas in the fifth, was pulled after striking out Salvador Perez.

Cody Allen recorded the final two outs for his ninth save.

Both of Cleveland’s home runs came off Danny Duffy (5-8) in the second. Santana led off the inning with a line drive that barely cleared the fence in right.

Gomes followed with a two-run homer to center.

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