Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/21/12

Jay Bruce's nightmare streak is over.

The Reds right fielder doubled in the fourth inning Friday, snapping a career-worst, 19-at-bat hitless streak. He homered in the seventh in Cincinnati's 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

That was good news for the Bruce and the Reds.

"We need Jay," manager Dusty Baker said. "We need him badly."

The skid had weighed on Bruce.

"It's frustrating, it's embarrassing, it's a lot of things," Bruce told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "I expect a ton more out of myself, and I know everyone else expects a lot more out of me, which is fair."

Bruce made his second straight All-Star Game, but he's far from satisfied with his year.

"I've underachieved thus far," Bruce said. "I haven't been really close to the player I expect to be and want to be."

Baker thinks Bruce should adjust his approach a bit.

"One thing you'd like to see him do is start at the opposite field and work your way back," Baker said. "There's a lot more hits to the opposite field than on the pull side, unless you're Ted Williams or Hank Aaron. Most of the guys who hit high for an average perennially are straight-away to opposite-field hitters.

"That's something that Jay can do, but he has to get to the point of trusting himself that he can do it."

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