MLB: Cincinnati 10, Houston 0

Sept. 17, 2013 at 11:37 PM

HOUSTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Jay Bruce blasted a grand slam to back Mike Leake's eight shutout innings Tuesday, staking Cincinnati to a 10-0 interleague rout of Houston.

Bruce also supplied a first-inning RBI single to open the scoring for the Reds, who rapped out 12 hits in the one-sided affair.

Zack Cozart went 2-for-3 with three RBI as third-place Cincinnati clinched the three-game series.

The triumph temporarily pulled the Reds within two games of National League-leading St. Louis while also allowing them to maintain a 4 1/2-game advantage over Washington in the NL wild card race.

Leake (14-6) scattered five hits in the dominating start, lowering his ERA to 3.21. The right-hander walked two and struck out six.

Houston's Jordan Lyles (7-8) was scorched for nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits in a 3 1/3-inning effort.

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