CINCINNATI — Jay Bruce's 34th homer put the Reds ahead to stay, and they made good on their second chance to win the NL Central title by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-0 on Saturday without Dusty Baker.
The 63-year-old manager spent another day in a Chicago hospital getting treated for an irregular heartbeat. The Reds brought him his fifth division title as a manager, including two during the last three years with Cincinnati.
Bruce's leadoff homer in the ninth off Houston's Tim Byrdak clinched the title for Cincinnati in 2010. He led off the fourth with a homer off rookie Stephen Fife (0-2), and Cincinnati's main offseason acquisition made it stand up.
Mat Latos (13-4) allowed six hits in eight innings. Aroldis Chapman induced a clinching double play from Hanley Ramirez.