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Tuesday, May 31st (All times Eastern)

Milwaukee Brewers (29-25) at Cincinnati Reds (28-27), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Zack Greinke (3-1, 5.79) Cincinnati - Chad Reineke (0-0, 0.00)

(Sports Network) - Joey Votto may be the National League's reigning MVP, but teammate Jay Bruce is the one carrying the offense right now for the Reds.

Bruce looks to continue his rapid run production this evening and help Cincinnati win two straight for the first time in two weeks as it resumes a three-game series with the road-challenged Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park.

Bruce continued his recent surge in Monday's opener, posting three hits and falling a double shy of the cycle in a 7-3 victory. The left-handed slugger clubbed a three-run homer and leads the NL with 16 homers and 43 RBI. He has six homers and 16 RBI in his past nine games.

"If you don't swing at the pitches they are trying to get you to chase, you're going to have a much easier time up there." Bruce said.

Travis Wood gave up three runs over six innings to help the Reds snap a two- game slide and win the opener of a nine-game homestand. Cincinnati will now try to win back-to-back games for the first time since a five-game win streak from May 13-17.

The Brewers, meanwhile, continue to struggle on the road as they lost for the 11th time in their past 14 games as the guest. They had just wrapped an 8-1 homestand prior to Monday's game.

Carlos Gomez and Josh Wilson homered for the Brewers, while Prince Fielder added three hits. Chris Narveson went only four innings in defeat, giving up five runs.

"We just have to stay away from that one big inning." Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "I don't know what it is -- what happens to him when we get people on base and they have those big innings, but (Narveson) is going to have to figure out how to make pitches when he needs to. That's the difference between him cruising through games and him all of a sudden having a really bad inning."

Corey Hart started the game for Milwaukee, but left before the end of the fifth inning due to an illness he has been battling for the past few days. His status for this game is unknown.

Bruce is 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his career versus Zack Greinke, who hopes to earn his fourth straight winning decision this evening for the Brewers.

Greinke did it with his arm and his bat in his last start, going seven innings and striking out a season-high 10 batters in besting the Nationals on Wednesday. The right-hander gave up three runs -- all on a homer in the fourth inning -- and posted his 10th career double-digit strikeout game, and also connected on his second career home run.

"(Zack) had the one inning that got away from him. It happened quickly," said Roenicke.

Greinke is 3-1 with a 5.79 earned run average this season and has struck out 39 batters in 28 innings to just three walks. The Reds know how rapidly he can rack up strikeouts considering they fanned 12 times against him in his only career start versus the club on June 13 of last year. The 27-year-old went the distance in getting the win, scattering three runs on five hits while with the Royals.

With Homer Bailey landing on the disabled list due to a sprained right shoulder, the Reds are expected to recall Chad Reineke to make the start in this game.

The 29-year-old righty hasn't pitched in the majors since a one-game stint with the Athletics on Aug. 5, 2009. He has gone 5-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 10 games (nine starts) with Triple-A Louisville this season.

"The young man has been in our organization, [and] this is his second year of throwing the ball well," Reds manager Dusty Baker told his team's website. "He deserves an opportunity, especially in our present pitching situation."

Reineke will be looking to help the Reds get up their recent domination of Milwaukee as the Brewers are just 1-11 at Great American Ball Park since the start of the 2010 season. They were outscored 23-11 in getting swept three games there from March 31-April 3 and Cincinnati has taken 21 of the past 25 meetings overall.

05/31 10:51:22 ET

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