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Ex-Red Jay Bruce hits first home run with the Mets

New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce watched his fifth-inning, three-run home run — Bruce’s first hit as a Met — during Thursday night’s game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The Cincinnati Reds traded Bruce to the Mets at Monday’s trade deadline.
New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce watched his fifth-inning, three-run home run — Bruce’s first hit as a Met — during Thursday night’s game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The Cincinnati Reds traded Bruce to the Mets at Monday’s trade deadline. AP

Jay Bruce’s first hit as a New York Met? A home run.

The former Cincinnati Reds right fielder, who was traded to the Mets on Monday for two prospects, went hitless in his first two games with his new team. He ran that drought to 0-for-10 on Thursday before belting a three-run homer to right-center off New York Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi.

The home run gave the Mets a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium.

Bruce increased his National League-leading RBI total to 83.

The Reds received two minor-leaguers in the trade: infielder Dilson Herrera and left-hander Max Wotell.

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