Postgame extra: Offense humming

Some notes out of the 10-3 Reds win over the Indians that has them on a four-game win streak:

*Jay Bruce is some kind of nice tear these days — 9-for-12 in his last four games. Bruce had two doubles, a walk, a sac fly and three runs scored. His average is up to .287.

*Orlando Cabrera was 2-for-5, which snapped his 0-for-19 skid.

*Drew Stubbs ended his 0-for-14 with a two-run homer to right field in the second inning and was 2-for-4, four RBI night. His long ball was responsible for the go-ahead runs. The four RBIs tied a career high which he set in April.

*Scott Rolen hit homer No. 16, giving him the team lead. He led off with sixth by clocking a 1-0 pitch deep to left field.

*The last few games since the Seattle debacle, the Reds have been spreading the offense around pretty well. Four players had two hits and every starting position player except for Joey Votto had at least one hit. In these last four games, the lineup has produced 23 runs.

*Aaron Harang walked five but had an otherwise decent outing. He allowed three runs and eight hits over seven innings. At 6-7, his win total is equal to what he had in both 2008 and 2009.

*And the Cardinals lost in Kansas City, which means the Reds are back in first place, a half-game up. 

Quotes —

*Dusty Baker was asked if the signing of Gary Matthews Jr. to a minor league contract would push Stubbs to better performance.

“Not really, it probably just gives us some insurance in the minor leagues,” Baker said. “I don’t think Stubbs has to worry too much about that. He’s been working hard. He’s been up and down, mostly up, the last few weeks. The thing about him is no matter what he’s hitting, he seems to drive in runs. We need that down in the seventh spot because you’re going to come up, especially with the guys we have in Gomes and Votto and Bruce getting on base – you need some RBIs down there. It’s a very important part of your lineup.”

“The season is just a course of ups and downs. You try to ride the ups as long as you can and minimize the low points. Any time that you can get a little something going you just try to keep up with it and string it out as long as possible.” — Drew Stubbs

“When you get out there and guys put some runs on the board for you early, it always makes it easier to go out there and try to pitch and not have to worry too much about making maybe one or two mistakes.” — Aaron Harang.

Have a good rest of the weekend, I’m off. See you on Monday.

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