CINCINNATI - Much of the attention on the Cincinnati Reds lately has been whether Joey Votto can win the Triple Crown.
They have other hitters, too, as the Cubs found out in Friday night's 7-1 loss at the Great American Ball Park.
Jay Bruce, batting leadoff for the first time this year, went 3-for-3, with all 3 hits being home runs. Bruce drove in 5 runs as the first-place Reds handed new Cubs manager Mike Quade his first loss after 3 straight victories in Washington.
"Way more than I desired to see," Quade said of Bruce's power display. "He's good. He's real good - What a night. We made some mistakes, and he didn't miss them."
Bruce walked in the first inning against Cubs starting pitcher Tom Gorzelanny before homering in the third and fifth. His fifth-inning homer was a 3-run shot.
"I just want to continue what I'm doing and continue what we're doing because what we're doing is great," Bruce said. "We've got something pretty cool going on here."
Cubs reliever Scott Maine made his major-league debut in the seventh, and Bruce greeted him with a one-out homer.
Johnny Cueto pitched 8 innings for the first-place Reds, improving to 12-4. Gorzelanny fell to 7-8.
"I made bad pitches, got behind guys and didn't execute my pitches," Gorzelanny said. "It was just a bad outing, a very bad outing."
Gorzelanny lasted 5 innings. Rookies Thomas Diamond and Marcos Mateo also worked out of the bullpen for the Cubs.
"The kids got some work," Quade said. "Mateo, I thought, threw the ball great. Maine got his feet wet. He got involved in the Bruce thing, but what are you going to do? He threw the ball well."
Silva rehabs: Right-hander Carlos Silva made his first minor-league rehab start Friday as he comes back from treatment to repair an irregular heartbeat.
Pitching for Class A Peoria, Silva threw 50 pitches over 22/3 innings, giving up 2 hits while striking out one and walking none.
No rush on Colvin: Outfielder Tyler Colvin continues to take grounders at first base, but there is no hurry to get him into game action, especially with Micah Hoffpauir up from the minor leagues to replace Derrek Lee - who was traded to the Braves last week.
"There's no imminent thing going on," said Mike Quade. "It was funny because we talked about it on Monday. When Derrek left, that throws everything into a different mix for a while. He's done it before. Why not? We talked about his outfield play. I believe it would not affect that at all.
"Why not increase his value and our ability to use him in different possibilities? We needed to defuse the fact that this is going to happen now. No."