Reds 4, Padres 1

Homer Bailey gave the struggling Cincinnati Reds exactly what

they needed.

The right-hander came within two outs of a five-hit shutout to

end his four-start losing streak and the 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.

”Before the game I said the law of averages were on our side to

win on the road, and for Homer to win,” manager Dusty Baker said.

”It’s been a long time since he’s won. There were some big hits

that we got today that we have been missing the past few days.

”It’s great to have a great flight home, have a great day off

and sort of take it easy and lick our wounds, so to speak, and get

back at it again,” Baker said.

The performance by Bailey was just what the Reds needed to end a

10-game West Coast trip on a positive note. Not only had the Reds

lost five straight after winning the first four 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 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. He got Chris Denorfia to fly out before

Chase Headley doubled in Cabrera. Baker pulled Bailey, and Aroldis

Chapman got the final two outs for his 25th save in 29 chances.

”It’s good to get a win,” Bailey said. ”We didn’t want to

come in here and get swept. We’ve been playing and pitching really

well; just trying to go out there and end this trip on a good

note.”

Bailey said he felt fine going into the ninth.

”I cooled down a little bit when they changed pitchers. I

definitely wished I could have finished that one,” Bailey said.

”But you got a pretty good closer coming in behind me.”

Bailey (6-10) allowed six hits and one unearned run, struck out

seven and walked none.

Baker said Bailey had good command and ”a good tempo that helps

our team stay sharp behind him. Sheer determination. Homer really,

really wanted it bad because he knew we needed it and he needed it.

That was big for us.”

Manager Bud Black said the Padres ”just couldn’t seem to square

the fastball up” against Bailey. ”He had good movement, pitched

well. He’s got that capability. He’s got a good arm.”

Headley agreed.

”He always has good velocity but I thought his fastball today

had even a little bit more life than it usually does,” Headley

said. ”The pitches you felt like you got to hit, a lot of times

you were fouling off because it had such good life, and then he

threw his good stuff at you. He made a pitch or threw a good slider

on you and you were in trouble. He’s one of those guys when he’s

able to locate his pitches and throw pretty much everything he has

for strikes, it’s going to be a tough day. There are some times

when you’ve got to tip your cap and he was pretty good

tonight.”

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.

The Reds are off Thursday before opening an eight-game

homestand.

”This off day is going to be really big for us,” Bailey said.

”Especially after a long trip, different time zones. We started

off really well. We just couldn’t quite seem to squeeze out those

wins in L.A., and even here, for a couple of days. It feels good to

end it on a good note. You always like traveling after a win.”

Stults allowed four runs, one earned, on 10 hits in 6 2-3

innings. He struck out five and walked none.

NOTES: On Friday, the Reds play 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.