Jay Bruce snapped out of a career-high 0-for-26 skid with a bang.

A big, big bang.

Bruce's two-run home run in the eighth inning lifted the Reds to a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers before a crowd of 27,923 at Great American Ball Park. The victory gave the Reds the series and was their seventh in 10 games against the Brewers.

"Honestly, I was just happy we didn't have to play extra innings," Bruce said. "No one likes to go 0-for-26. I didn't even know that was the case until, like, last night or this morning. It's one of those things. It's baseball. It was a great time to be able to out of it and secure a win."

The Brewers had tied it in the top of the eighth.

"It was an immediate turn of the tide," said Reds manager Bryan Price. "It was certainly a big win for us."

The victory gave the Reds the series and was their seventh in 10 games with the Brewers. It means the Reds are back within six games of the Brewers in the National League Central.