Bruce, Reds edge A’s

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Updated: August 7, 2013

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer and knocked in
three runs as the Cincinnati Reds held off the Oakland Athletics, 6-5, on
Wednesday.

Corky Miller hit a pair of RBI doubles before leaving with a right quad
contusion for the Reds, who swept this brief two-game set. Devin Mesoraco, who
replaced Miller, drove in a run.

“He epitomizes, I think, what we do as baseball players,” Bruce said of
Miller. “He’s been around forever, he’s a grinder, he does things the right
way. For him to come out and have a big day is awesome.”

Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey (7-10) allowed five runs on nine hits over 5
1/3 innings.

Josh Donaldson hit a solo homer and knocked in two runs for the A’s, who have
lost three in a row. Eric Sogard, who came in for an injured Alberto Callaspo,
went 2-for-2 with two RBI.

Oakland starter Bartolo Colon (14-4) had a rough outing, giving up five runs
on seven hits over 2 2/3 innings. The right-hander had tossed six or more
innings and allowed three runs or fewer in each of his previous 15 starts.

The Reds got on the board in the first inning. Shin-Soo Choo singled, Todd
Frazier walked and Joey Votto singled to load the bases with no outs. Bruce
grounded into a fielder’s choice to plate the first run of the contest.

After Donaldson homered in the top of the second, Cincinnati scored another
run in the bottom half. Zack Cozart singled and raced home on Miller’s double
to right.

The Reds tacked on three more runs in the third to take a 5-1 lead. Votto
singled and scored on Bruce’s one-out homer to right. Cozart worked a two-out
walk and crossed the plate on Miller’s double to left.

Oakland got one run back in the fourth. Brandon Moss reached base on an
infield single and moved to third on Callaspo’s two-out double to right.
Stephen Vogt followed with a single to right that scored Moss. Callaspo also
tried to score but suffered a left forearm contusion while being tagged out at
the plate.

Cincinnati scored another run in the fifth to go back up by four. Xavier Paul
led off with a ground-rule double to right, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt
and raced home when pinch-hitter Mesoraco reached first on third baseman
Donaldson’s fielding error.

The A’s made things interesting by putting up a three-spot in the sixth. Jed
Lowrie doubled and Moss singled to put men on the corners with one out.
Donaldson’s RBI single to left and Sogard’s two-run triple to right cut the
gap to 6-5.

“That would have been an easy game to just hang your head and say ‘here we go
again’ but they didn’t,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said of his club rallying
late. “You try to take something positive from that.”

Oakland put men on first and second with two outs in the eighth, but Josh
Reddick flied out.

Aroldis Chapman pitched a perfect ninth to record his 27th save of the season.

Game Notes

Oakland is 10-6 all-time versus the Reds … Colon, who fell to 3-1 lifetime
against the Reds, was trying to win his seventh straight road start … The
Reds activated reliever Jonathan Broxton from the 15-day disabled list and
optioned pitcher Pedro Villarreal to Triple-A Louisville … Cincinnati won
consecutive games for the first time since July 24 in San Francisco and July
25 in Los Angeles.