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MLB: Cincinnati 8, Atlanta 4

July 14, 2013 at 5:52 PM   |   Comments

ATLANTA, July 14 (UPI) -- Jay Bruce highlighted a big third inning with a two-run homer Sunday and the Cincinnati Reds breezed to an 8-4 victory over Atlanta.

The Reds had forged a 2-1 lead on RBI from Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips earlier in the third and Bruce (3-for-5) then broke it open, golfing a 1-0 pitch over the right field fence with Votto aboard.

Phillips later added a two-run double, finishing with three RBI, and Shin-Soo Choo added solo shot for Cincinnati, which earned a four-game split against the Braves.

Lyle Ondrusek (3-0) was credited with the decision thanks to two scoreless inning in relief of ineffective starter Tony Cingrani.

Atlanta's Julio Teheran (7-5) absorbed the loss, surrendering five runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Andrelton Simmons and Dan Uggla each socked a solo homer for the National League East-leading Braves.

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