Bruce had two hits and knocked in the final run of the decisive three-run fifth inning against Charlie Morton (0-3) that gave the Reds a 4-2 lead. Billy Hamilton also had two hits for Cincinnati, which has won seven of 10 games since a 3-7 start.
Jonathan Broxton pitched a scoreless ninth inning, despite allowing two hits, for his third save.
NATIONALS 5, ANGELS 4
WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam LaRoche's tiebreaking RBI single off the first pitch from Fernando Salas capped a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning that kept Washington from getting swept.
Los Angeles led 4-1 entering the ninth, and closer Ernesto Frieri (0-2) went in, seeking his third save.
Instead, he left with his second blown chance, charged with all four runs Washington scored in that inning.
Jose Lobaton led off with his first homer of the season. One out later, Denard Span singled, then Anthony Rendon walked. Frieri then gave up Jayson Werth's two-run double to make it 4-all.
Salas entered, and LaRoche greeted him with a liner to left that scored Werth.
Drew Storen (2-0) got one out in the ninth for the victory.