CINCINNATI – Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning and the Cincinnati Reds won their fourth game in a row, beating the New York Mets 3-0 Tuesday night.
The NL Central leaders and the Mets were a combined 0 for 18 with runners in scoring position before Bruce connected with no outs.
Brandon Phillips drew a leadoff walk in the ninth from Manny Acosta (1-3), New York’s fifth pitcher. Ryan Ludwick followed with single that sent Phillips to second.
Left-handed reliever Josh Edgin came in to face the lefty-hitting Bruce, who sent a drive into the left-field seats. It was Bruce’s 23rd homer of the season and second in the Reds’ last two games – both off lefties.
Jose Arredondo (5-2) wound up with the win.
ASTROS 10, CUBS 1: In Chicago, Brett Wallace and Fernando Martinez each hit three-run homers to back Lucas Harrell’s eight strong innings for Houston.
Harrell (10-8) scattered six hits and struck out six, helping the Astros win for only the third time in their last 28 road games.
Chris Volstad (0-9) lasted just five innings, allowing eight hits and four runs in his latest bid for his first big league win since July 10, 2011. He hasn’t won in his last 23 starts and is approaching the major league record of 28 held by Cliff Curtis, Matt Keough and Jo-Jo Reyes.
PHILLIES 1, MARLINS 0: In Miami, Kyle Kendrick pitched five-hit ball for seven innings and Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a home run off Josh Johnson, leading Philadelphia.
Charlie Manuel earned his 700th win as a manager with the Phillies’ second straight shutout. The Marlins have not scored in 27 innings.
BRAVES 6, PADRES 0: In Atlanta, Tim Hudson combined with three relievers for a five-hit shutout, Martin Prado hit a three-run homer, to lift Atlanta.
Hudson (12-4) allowed two hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings and won his sixth straight decision.
DODGERS 11, PIRATES 0: In Pittsburgh, Chad Billingsley pitched eight dominant innings and Los Angeles matched its highest-scoring game of the season.
The Dodgers have won five of six, pushing them atop of the NL West. Pittsburgh has lost five of six.
CARDINALS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 2: In St. Louis, rookie Joe Kelly pitched into the seventh inning of what could be his final start before Jaime Garcia comes off the disabled list.
St. Louis got home runs from Matt Holliday and Jon Jay.