That hasn't been the case during a five-game losing streak.
Cincinnati's struggling lineup seeks to bust out of its slump as Bailey takes the mound against the host San Diego Padres on Wednesday afternoon looking to avoid dropping a fifth straight start.
Bailey (5-10, 3.77 ERA) tossed his second career no-hitter in a 3-0 win over San Francisco on July 2, but he's lost each of his four starts since while posting a 4.68 ERA.
The right-hander is 1-6 with a 4.25 ERA over his last eight outings, but he has a dismal 1.87 run-support average in that stretch and received more than two runs of help for the only time during his gem versus the Giants.
Bailey gave up two runs in seven innings Friday but fell 2-1 to the Los Angeles Dodgers .
"We haven't been scoring much for Homer," manager Dusty Baker said. "You hate to keep saying it, but if he keeps pitching like that, we'll get him a victory and us a victory."
Cincinnati hasn't had much trouble scoring against the Padres with Bailey on the mound, though. He's 4-0 with a 4.30 ERA in seven career starts versus San Diego while boasting a 9.82 run-support average.
The Reds (59-49) hope that trend continues after falling 4-2 on Tuesday. They've scored five runs during their skid and are on the verge of being swept by the Padres for the first time since May 15-17, 2009.
Brandon Phillips went 0 for 3 and is hitting .135 over his last 10 games."We get runners on and we can't push them over or across," Baker said. "We get runners on late, but can't move them. It's just another tough one to lose. We didn't play really good. We made some mistakes."The club is down. We need a victory."
San Diego (50-58), meanwhile, has won four straight after Nick Hundley hit a two-run double with two outs in the eighth, one night after former Red Chris Denorfia crushed a two-run homer for a walkoff 2-1 victory.
Will Venable went 3 for 3 with an RBI on Tuesday and is hitting .458 over his last eight."We got a couple of big swings early and then the real big one late from Nick," manager Bud Black said. "That's what it comes down to, a very clutch hit late in the game."
The Padres will look to provide more offense for starter Eric Stults , who has received two or fewer runs of support in 17 of his 22 starts.
Neither Stults (8-9, 3.65) or the lineup performed well Friday, though, as he allowed a career-worst seven runs - five earned - and 11 hits in five innings of a 10-0 loss at Arizona."I didn't give us a chance to win from the start," Stults said. "The first inning to give them the two runs, then in the second inning to not come out and give us a shut-down inning, that was tough."
The left-hander hasn't started against the Reds since 2008 while with the Dodgers, but he had a 3.86 ERA in three relief appearances versus Cincinnati last season.
|July 20, 2013||Derrick Robinson||Day-to-Day||Sore left shoulder|
|July 10, 2013||Ryan Hanigan||15-Day DL||Sprained left wrist|
|June 29, 2013||Johnny Cueto||15-Day DL||Strained right lat|
|June 28, 2013||Johnny Cueto||Day-to-Day||Left game - tight right lat|
|June 14, 2013||Jonathan Broxton||15-Day DL||Right elbow flexor mass strain|
|June 01, 2013||Johnny Cueto||15-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
|San Diego Padres|
|July 23, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Sore right wrist|
|July 20, 2013||Jason Marquis||15-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|July 12, 2013||Kyle Blanks||15-Day DL||Left Achilles tendinitis|
|July 07, 2013||Yasmani Grandal||60-Day DL||Right knee sprain|
|June 22, 2013||Clayton Richard||60-Day DL||Left shoulder surgery - out for season|
|June 17, 2013||Everth Cabrera||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- 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."
"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.