CINCINNATI — Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning that lifted the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-6 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.
Joey Votto led off the 11th against James Russell (1-6) with a double to left-center field. Bruce connected on the next pitch for his 31st homer of the season, giving the Reds their third straight win over Chicago after losing the opener of the four-game series.
Nick Masset (3-5) pitched the 11th for the win.
The Cubs handed Francisco Cordero his first blown save since July 10 by scoring twice in the ninth to make it 6-all. Tony Campana led off with a pinch-hit single and scored on pinch-hitter Alfonso Soriano's double. One out later, Darwin Barney chopped a tying single.
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Reds starter Homer Bailey, who hadn't allowed more than two home runs in any of his previous 19 starts this season, gave up a pair in a span of four batters in the first inning.
Bailey settled down and lasted six innings, giving up six hits and four runs with three walks and nine strikeouts, matching his season high.
The Reds reached Randy Wells for seven hits and five runs with two walks and three strikeouts in 41⁄3 innings. He also threw a wild pitch.