PITTSBURGH -- Reds third baseman Scott Rolen is heating up. He has hit safely in 10 of the past 13 games entering play on Wednesday and is batting .272 with six home runs and 15 RBIs.

"I went through a little skid there," Rolen said. "I try to stay consistent with my swings so I have good at-bats and hopefully good things will come."

Rolen's veteran presence is a big factor for the Reds.

"He's starting to swing the bat a lot in the clutch," manager Dusty Baker said. "He's a steadying influence, period. He's probably been like that most of his life. He's good for our club because he's been where we're trying to go. A lot of guys here haven't been there yet. He's been to All-Star Games and the World Series, the playoffs. There is not too much that he hasn't experienced, and he can pass that knowledge on to our young guys."

Heisey beaming after first big league homer

PITTSBURGH -- Reds outfielder Chris Heisey collected his first three Major League hits Tuesday night, including a two-run homer, and is still basking in the afterglow of his big night.

"It's feels pretty good," Heisey said. "Obviously, I just wanted to get that first hit out of the way and to get three in one game and hit a home run, it feels pretty good."

Heisey has been used sparingly since being promoted from Triple-A Louisville after outfielder Chris Dickerson went on the disabled list. He is hoping the big night on Tuesday will induce manager Dusty Baker to use him more.

"I don't think he was afraid before," Heisey said. "He knows I can hit and I'm always going to be ready, whatever my role is going to be. I'm just happy to be here and help whatever way I can."

Heisey was selected in the 17th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft after playing at tiny Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. It has been an interesting road to the big leagues.

"It was a little different than most guys, I guess," Heisey explained. "But I didn't get a lot of looks out of high school and I went to a small Christian school in Pennsylvania, and luckily, the Reds gave me a chance and since I got that chance, I've tried to take full advantage of it and it's been a really good time."

Bruce improving against lefties

PITTSBURGH -- Reds outfielder Jay Bruce has hit safely in six straight games and is hitting .321 in his last 21 contests. One of the big keys for the left-hand-hitting Bruce is his improved numbers against left-handed pitching. He is batting .250 against lefties with two home runs and six RBIs.

Last season, Bruce hit .210 against southpaws with two home runs and 14 RBIs.

"He's been much better," manager Dusty Baker said. "We try to give him some theories and philosophies. He's talked to a lot of left-handed hitters. I tried to have him talk to as many left-handed hitters that can hit lefties, people like Luis Gonzalez, Raul Ibanez and get a theory and a philosophy on how to hit lefties. Where to aim and how to stay in there and recognize the pitch as early as possible. It's a process, but he's getting better and the only way to get better is to let him face them."

Worth noting

Class A Lynchburg catcher Devin Mesoraco missed hitting for the cycle by a double Tuesday during a four-RBI night. On Monday, the 21-year-old backstop missed by a triple during a four-hit game. Mesoraco has gone 7-for-10 over the past two contests. ... The last two days have been pretty good for Luis Terrero, but the last five days have been even better for the Triple-A Louisville Bats. The Bats left fielder drove in five runs including a three-run homer in the sixth as Louisville extended its season-long winning streak to five with an 11-0 rout of Buffalo. Making consecutive starts for the first time this season, Terrero went 5-for-5 with three singles, a double and the three-run blast. Terrero had a game-winning three-run homer on Monday night.