Bruce delivers game winner for Reds
Bruce hit a go-ahead single as a pinch-hitter in his return from the disabled list and
Making his first appearance in more than two months, Bruce bounced a two-run single through the right side to give Cincinnati a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning.
“That was a lot of fun,” he said. “It was pretty exciting to be out that long and come back and help the team win.”
The bases-loaded grounder barely eluded first baseman
“Sometimes placement is better than hitting the ball hard,”
Bruce broke his wrist making a diving catch against the
Arroyo (13-12) allowed six hits and one run with no walks and six strikeouts in seven innings. He also hit a batter with a pitch.
“You don’t get too many games where you leave the game losing by one and end up winning,” Arroyo said. “It was nice to steal that one back.”
Arroyo is 5-4 with a 2.11 ERA over his last 13 starts. Baker was glad to see his right-hander get rewarded for pitching well.
“Bronson deserved to win that one,” Baker said. “He’s been pitching great, especially in the second half of the season. He was masterful tonight.”
Phillips added an insurance run with a one-out solo homer off
Rodriguez scattered four hits and allowed one runner past second base before the
“Wandy deserved a better fate than what he received,” Cooper said. “I take the blame for that. He was close to 100 pitches. You can’t let your starter lose the game.”
Rodriguez wanted the chance to pitch out of the jam.
“I have no control over that,” he said. “He says go, I go. That’s what I do.”
Samuel Gervachio was brought in with Gomes on second and Rolen on third. The right-hander struck out pinch-hitter Juan Francisco before intentionally walking pinch-hitter
“I’d rather be lucky than good,” Bruce said of the seeing-eye single. “My teammates battled all game, and I was glad to see that ball get through and drive those guys in.”
Arroyo had retired seven consecutive batters and 12 of 13 when Berkman grounded a broken-bat single through the hole into left field with two outs in the sixth.
Back in the dugout,
Tejada lined a single to center, too sharply for Lee to score from second, and after Cincinnati pitching coach Dick Pole visited Arroyo on the mound,