SAN DIEGO (AP) — Homer Bailey came within two outs of a five-hit shutout to end his four-start losing streak and the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Diego Padres 4-1 Wednesday to snap a five-game skid.
Brandon Phillips homered and Joey Votto hit a two-run double for the Reds, who avoided a three-game sweep and ended San Diego’s four-game winning streak.
Bailey had allowed just five singles going into the ninth, when Everth Cabrera reached on a fielding error by first baseman Votto leading off the inning. The right-hander got Chris Denorfia to fly out before Chase Headley doubled in Cabrera. Manager Dusty Baker pulled Bailey, and Aroldis Chapman got the final two outs for his 25th save in 29 chances.
The performance by Bailey was just what the Reds needed to end a 11-game West Coast trip on a positive note. Not only had the Reds lost five straight after winning four of the first five games of the trip, but Bailey hadn’t won since throwing the second no-hitter of his career July 2 at home against San Francisco. Three of his four losses since then had come on the road.
Bailey (6-10) allowed six hits and one unearned run, struck out seven and walked none.
Phillips homered to center field off lefty Eric Stults (8-10) leading off the second, his 13th.
The Reds added three more runs in the seventh, all unearned because of third baseman Headley’s throwing error on Derrick Robinson’s grounder. The error put runners on first and third, and Chris Heisey singled to left to score Zack Cosart, aboard on a leadoff single. Votto followed with a double to right to bring in Robinson and Heisey.
Stults allowed four runs, one earned, on 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out five and walked none.
NOTES: The Reds are off Thursday before opening an eight-game homestand with the first of three games against the NL Central rival St. Louis Cardinals. RHP Bronson Arroyo (9-8, 3.26 ERA) is scheduled to start against RHP Shelby Miller (10-7, 2.79). … The Padres are off Thursday before welcoming the New York Yankees to Petco Park for the first time. Scheduled starters are LHP CC Sabathia (9-9, 4.65) against RHP Andrew Cashner (7-5, 3.88)….Sunday’s Padres starter will be RHP Ian Kennedy, acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks before Wednesday’s deadline for lefty reliever Joe Thatcher, a minor leaguer and a 2014 draft pick.