CINCINNATI (AP) — Jay Bruce homered his first time up, then doubled twice during a seven-run burst as the Cincinnati Reds delighted a sellout crowd, battering the Milwaukee Brewers 13-7 on Saturday.
Six different Reds players drove in two runs each, including starting pitcher Mat Latos (4-0). The defending NL Central champions moved five games over .500 for the first time this season.
The bottom five hitters in Cincinnati’s lineup were a combined 8 for 9 in the first three innings alone, scoring 10 runs and driving in six against Hiram Burgos (1-1). The rookie allowed 12 runs on 11 hits and three walks in those three innings.
A promotion featuring Aroldis Chapman bobbleheads drew a crowd of 41,678. The Reds never needed their closer after romping early.
Bruce led off a five-run second that was helped by a pair of fielding mistakes by left fielder Ryan Braun. Bruce opened the seven-run third with a double and capped it with an RBI double that made it 12-4.
Bruce became the first Reds player with two hits in one inning since Drew Stubbs on April 25, 2011, at Milwaukee and the first Reds player with two doubles in one inning since Sean Casey on Aug. 7, 1998, also against Milwaukee.
Latos won his fourth straight start. He allowed a total of 14 runs in his previous seven starts, but gave up seven in this win, including solo homers by Jean Segura and Norichika Aoki.
Latos gave up a homer to Segura with one out in the first and Aramis Ramirez hit an RBI double off the wall later in the inning.
After Bruce opened the Reds’ second with a 437-foot homer for his second shot in three games, Braun allowed what looked like an easy fly ball by Xavier Paul to drop behind him for a two-base error. Braun later overthrew the cutoff man on Zack Cozart’s sacrifice fly, allowing runners to advance and setting up Joey Votto’s RBI groundout.
Milwaukee got two runs back in the third on Braun’s RBI double and Ramirez’s run-scoring single, but the Reds pulled away in the bottom half.
Cincinnati’s spree included Latos’ RBI groundball single up the middle through a drawn-in infield.
Aoki added his fourth homer of the season in the sixth.
NOTES: The win clinched the three-game series for the Reds, giving them six wins in seven home series this season. … Reds OF Chris Heisey is scheduled to start a rehab assignment Monday at Double-A Pensacola. Heisey has been on the disabled list since April 29 with a strained right hamstring. … For the first time in franchise history, the Reds wore red jerseys with “Los Rojos” written in script across the front. … Aoki’s strikeout leading off the game snapped at 37 his streak of consecutive plate appearances without fanning. … RHP Bronson Arroyo (2-4) starts Sunday’s series finale for the Reds against RHP Wily Peralta (3-2).