Reds' Bailey nearly throws third no-no, Posey breaks it up in 7th
Bailey takes no-hit bid into 7th, Reds beat Giants
SAN FRANCISCO —
Homer Bailey heard frequent reminders that he had a no-hit bid in progress. Not anyone on the Cincinnati bench mentioned it, however.
"I wasn't really thinking about it, other than the fan just above our dugout who kept yelling at me about it," Bailey said. "That was nice of him."
Bailey made a strong bid for yet another no-hitter, shutting down San Francisco until Buster Posey's two-out single in the seventh inning and pitching the Reds past the Giants 4-0 Sunday.
Bailey has thrown no-hitters in each of the last two seasons, and did it against the Giants at home last July 2. He came close to pitching the latest gem at AT&T Park -- the ballpark was the scene of Tim Lincecum's no-hitter Wednesday against San Diego.
"We ran into four starters as dominant as four starters I've ever seen before," Giants' manager Bruce Bochy said. "They caught everything we hit. They are as hot as any team, and as cold as we are, it's what we have to deal with."
Bailey was trying to become just the sixth pitcher with at least three career no-hitters. Nolan Ryan leads that list with seven.
"He pitched efficiently and we played great defense," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "When the outs are coming so early in the count, he has a chance."
Tim Hudson (7-5) allowed two runs on five hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out six. He's lost his last two starts at home after opening the season with seven straight wins.
"My delivery felt a lot better and my timing was good," Hudson said. "They had one or two opportunities to score and they took advantage. I felt like I made a pretty good pitch on Hamilton. Every little run counts in a game like this."
Hamilton's two-out double in the third drove in the Reds' first run, and with the way Hudson was pitching -- he retired 12 of 13 following the double -- Bailey needed to be nearly perfect.
The Reds tacked on three runs in the ninth against Jeremy Affledt, who took over for Hudson after Todd Frazier started the frame with a single.
Affledt balked, hit a batter, threw a wild pitch, allowed three hits and an inherited runner to score and got his only out on Phillips' sacrifice fly.
Bochy announced before the game he would be going with a closer-by-committee for the time being, with RHP Sergio Romo in the mix. "I think it's time to tweak it a little bit, get guys on track," Bochy said. ... Giants 1B Brandon Belt (thumb) could rejoin the team Friday in San Diego, but not likely before then. ... Lincecum (6-5, 4.42) makes his first start since throwing his second career no-hitter. He'll face the Cardinals and Marco Gonzales (0-0, 9.00) on Tuesday night. ... Mat Latos (1-0, 2.89) will start Monday night's game in San Diego for the Reds. ... The Reds have won their last five series and are 6-0-1 in their past seven. ... Hamilton's 16th double gives him the lead among NL rookies, breaking a tie with Arizona's Chris Owings, who is on the DL. ... The other pitchers with three or more no-hitters: Sandy Koufax with four and Cy Young, Bob Feller and 1880s pitcher Larry Corcoran with three.