Jay Bruce's three-run homer keyed Cincinnati's five-run eighth inning and the National League Central-leading Reds rallied for a 5-3 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday.
Houston led by three entering the eighth before Drew Stubbs walked with one out and Brandon Phillips singled to chase Hector Ambriz. Left-hander Xavier Cedeno (0-1) came in and watched his first pitch sail into the seats in right field on Bruce's 29th homer to tie it at 3-all.
Bruce, who is from nearby Beaumont, Texas, has three homers and 10 RBIs in nine games here this season. Fans could be heard bellowing ''Bruuuuce,'' each time he came to the plate, and there were a group of five people with red shirts each sporting one letter of his last name in the crowd.
Pinch-hitter Chris Heisey's RBI double off the left field wall put the Reds up 4-3, before they tacked on an insurance run with a double by Miguel Cairo - their fifth straight hit of the inning.
Jose Arredondo (6-2) allowed two hits and two runs in the ...