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Reds: Johnny and Jay lead the way



SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 27: Johnny Cueto #47 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the bottom of the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on June 27, 2014 in San Francisco, California. The Reds won the game 6-2. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Final: Reds 6 Giants 2 Boxscore  Highlights HERE
Johnny Cueto took a no-hitter to the 5th, and was backed by a five run 5th on the way to a 6-2 win over the Giants.
*Good news: Reds have won 3 in a row, 6 of 7, and 9 of 12 to move a season high three games over .500 to 41-38. Reds 16-9 in June.
*Bad news: Brewers won again, so the Reds remain 7.5 back in NL Central.
*Reds 6-1 since blowing 8-0 lead to Jays.
 *Since beating Brewers 2 weeks ago...and winning 5 straight series, Reds have lost a half game in standings.
*Cueto: 8.1 IN, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K, ERA 1.88 (actually went up), 106 pitches/68 strikes. He took a liner of his knee from Gregor Blanco leading off the game, but was ok.
*Aroldis Chapman got the final 2 outs for his 16th save, hitting 102 mph.
*31st time Reds have allowed 2 runs or fewer (25-6).
*Reds offense continued to do what they do: Rack up hits, up and down the order, score first, and pile up runs in big innings.
*Reds scored first for 14th time in last 16 games.
*Jay Bruce stayed hot: 8 game hit streak, 2 for 4, 2 RBI.
*Bruce hitting .452-2-9 during hit streak.
*Bruce in 24 June games: .315-.364-.584-.949, 12 2B, 4 HR, 17 RBI
*Bruce 10 RBI in last 9 games, had 10 RBI in previous 35 games.
*Billy Hamilton: 3 for 5, 2 RBI.
*Todd Frazier: 3 for 4, R, RBI, BB.
*Top 2 in order: 6 for 9, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, 2 SB.
*SB: Frazier 11th, Bruce 9th, Hamilton 33rd....Bill CS, Frazier CS.
*Joey Votto got his first day since returning from the DL, with Brayan Pena playing 1B and Mesoraco catching Cueto.
*Zack Cozart made a heck of a play in the 9th, fielder a grounder and getting a force at 3B.
T5: Cozart RBI 1B 1-0, Hamilton 2-RBI 2B, 3-0, Frazier RBI 1B, 4-0, Bruce RBI 1B 5-0.
B6: Colvin RBI 3B, 5-1
B6: Pence RBI GO, 5-2
T7: Bruce RBI 1B, 6-2
Piling it on
Reds have score 2 or more runs in an inning 22 times in last 18 games:
2 run inning: 9 times
3 run inning: 6 times
4 run inning: 2 times
5 run inning: 3 times
7 run inning: 1 time
8 run inning: 1 time

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 27: Jay Bruce #32 of the Cincinnati Reds hits an RBI single scoring Billy Hamilton #6 in the top of the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on June 27, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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