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CINCINNATI -- Right-fielder Jay Bruce hit his 24th home run and catcher Corky Miller doubled home two runs, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics in the finale of a two-game interleague series on Wednesday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

Josh Donaldson hit his 17th home run for Oakland. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 27th save.

Reds starter Homer Bailey (7-10) picked up the victory despite allowing five earned runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.

A's starter Bartolo Colon (14-4) had his shortest outing of the season, allowing five earned runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. The five earned runs were one shy of his season high. Colon had allowed three or fewer earned runs in 15 straight starts.

Cincinnati loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning but managed just one run when Shin-Soo Choo scored from third on a grounder to make it 1-0.

Oakland tied the score in the second when Donaldson homered on a 1-0 pitch from Bailey.

Zack Cozart singled and scored on Miller's double, putting the Reds on top 2-1.

Bruce made the score 4-1 in the third when he launched Colon's first pitch into the visiting bullpen for a two-run homer.

Miller doubled home Cozart again in the third, making the score 5-1.

Stephen Vogt delivered an RBI single for Oakland in the fourth, but Bruce threw out Alberto Callaspo at home on the play to end the inning.

Callaspo suffered a right quad contusion on the play and was replaced at second base by Eric Sogard.

Oakland's sputtering offense came to life during a three-run sixth. Sogard tripled to drive in two runs, making the score 6-5 and ending Bailey's outing. But the A's couldn't push across the tying run.

NOTES: The Reds reinstated RHP Jonathan Broxton from the 15-day disabled list and optioned RHP Pedro Villarreal to Triple-A Louisville. Broxton had been on the DL since June 15 with a flexor mass strain in his right elbow. "I'm excited to get back out there for the homestretch and help the team win," Broxton said. "It was tough being on the DL. It was a struggle the last seven or eight weeks." ... Reds 3B Todd Frazier, mired in an 0-for-28 skid, batted second for the first time in his career and went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. ... A's manager Bob Melvin changed his mind and decided not to start C Derek Norris against Bailey. "Derek has hit eight home runs, but they've all been against left-handers," Melvin said. "We decided to stick with our lineup against right-handers." Vogt started behind the plate. Norris entered the game in the sixth. ... Callaspo snapped an 0-for-18 skid with a double in the second inning. ... Miller doubled twice in a game for the first time in his career. He later left the game with a right forearm contusion. ... Sogard's triple extended his career-high hitting streak to 13 games.
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