Scott Rolen and Todd Frazier hit back-to-back home runs, and Mike Leake pitched his second complete game of the season, helping the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-1 win over the Mets on Wednesday night.
The NL Central leaders and the Mets were a combined 0 for 18 with runners in scoring position before Bruce connected with no outs in the ninth.
In a season with two extra playoff teams and a great deal of parity, virtually every franchise has hope heading into the season’s second half. That’s why you should care about Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic.
Jonathon Niese surrendered a three-run homer, but the Mets were unable to back their starter and lost 4-1 on Saturday.
New York starter Dillon Gee (4-5) gave up four runs — three earned — and five hits in six innings.
On the whole, Jay Bruce has accomplished a lot already in his career, but there is still room for him to grow.
Reds right fielder Jay Bruce missed a seventh-inning line drive after losing the ball in the lights, allowing two runs to score, and the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage of Cincinnati’s shoddy fielding to earn a 7-4 win Friday night.