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Trade Jay Bruce? Not after what he did Thursday

Trade Jay Bruce? Not after what he did Thursday
Trade Jay Bruce? Not after what he did Thursday
Trade Jay Bruce? Not after what he did Thursday
Posted at 5:00 PM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 17:03:16-04

CINCINNATI (AP) — Jay Bruce homered twice and matched a career high with five RBIs, and the Cincinnati Reds made a winner of their top pitching prospect in his major league debut Thursday afternoon.

Eugenio Suarez hit his first career grand slam and Bruce connected for a three-run shot as the Reds scored eight times in the fourth inning to sweep the Philadelphia Phillies 10-6.  Bruce capped the 13-batter outburst with an RBI single.

The Reds tried to trade Bruce in the offseason, but a deal with Toronto fell through when a Jay prospect failed a medical exam.

The Reds' homer barrage helped Robert Stephenson win his first major-league start despite a shaky five-inning performance.  The Reds'  first-round draft pick in 2011 was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on March 18 and recalled on Opening Day to fill in for one start. The right-hander allowed six hits and four runs — three earned — with two walks and one strikeout.

Cedric Hunter hit a leadoff homer in the fourth and Ryan Howard had a two-run shot in the fifth for Philadelphia.

WCPO will update this story.