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Bailey leads Reds to 4-1 win
Monday, June 09, 2014 11:00 AM
CINCINNATI (AP) - Homer Bailey finally beat the Philadelphia Phillies - and he has nobody but himself to thank.
Bailey pitched eight effective innings and drove in the go-ahead runs as the Cincinnati Reds came from behind for a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
"The bullpen has picked me up so much this year that the big thing I wanted to do today was give them a day off," he said.
Manager Bryan Price was happy to see his starter rewarded.
"What an effort," Price said. "What impressed me most was he went out in the eighth with 108 pitches against the middle of their lineup. He wanted to be the guy. He was all in."
Billy Hamilton added a two-run homer for the Reds, who won their second straight against the reeling Phillies after a three-game losing streak.
Bailey (7-3) allowed just six hits and one run with three walks and seven strikeouts while matching his season high in innings and picking up his first career win in five decisions over 10 games against Philadelphia. He threw a season-high 121 pitches, four short of tying his career high.
The Phillies had at least one runner on base in six of those innings, but they couldn't capitalize enough to avoid their eighth loss in nine games. Manager Ryne Sandberg blamed a lack of "execution and focus."
"I see potential now and then, but we need to be consistent," the first-year manager said
Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth for his ninth save.
Trailing 1-0 in the fifth, Todd Frazier led off with a bloop single to center field and went to third on Zack Cozart's opposite-field double down the right-field line. Against a drawn-in Phillies infield, Bailey grounded a two-run single up the middle, just out of reach of diving shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
"I think a starting pitcher should at least be able to handle a bat," Bailey said.
Hamilton, hitless in his previous 12 at bats, followed with his second home run of the season, a 348-foot drive into the right-field seats on what he said was a full-count changeup. He wasn't sure it was going out.
"I don't hit home runs," Hamilton pointed out. "Didn't you see me running? I was rolling. I looked up and Homer was right there."
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