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Bruce homers, Reds beat slumping A's 3-1

7:56 PM, Aug 6, 2013   |    comments
Cincinnati Reds center fielder Shin-Soo Choo (17) is congratulated by bat boy Teddy Kremer after scoring during the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Great American Ball Park. (PHOTO: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports)
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CINCINNATI, OH - Jay Bruce homered and made a run-saving catch on the warning track, and Mat Latos pitched into the eighth inning against Oakland's slumping lineup on Tuesday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-1 victory over the Athletics.

The Reds had dropped seven of nine and were coming off what players called an embarrassing weekend against St. Louis - losses of 13-3 and 15-2.

They found an American League team struggling even more. The West-leading Athletics have lost five of six.

Latos (11-3) allowed four hits through 7 1-3 shutout innings, leaving him 3-0 in his last four starts. Aroldis Chapman gave up Derek Norris' two-out homer in the ninth while getting his 26th save in 30 chances.

The Associated Press

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