Homer Bailey allowed one run over eight innings and drove in the only two runs he needed as Cincinnati went on take the three game series from Philadelphia with a 4-1 victory on Sunday at Great American Ballpark.
Bailey (7-3) allowed just six hits in his eight innings and struck out seven en route to his fourth straight victory and fifth in his last six games. His counterpart David Buchanan (1-3) pitched well with the exception of a four run fifth inning that accounted for all of the Reds (29-32) runs. Buchanan allowed six hits in six innings with six strikeouts.
The Phillies (25-36) drew first blood as Chase Utley scored Ben Revere on a sacrifice fly in the third inning. Philadelphia had a big opportunity with runners on the corners and one out in the fourth, but Dominic Brown was thrown out at home and Buchanan bounced into a force out to end the threat.
The Reds started their big inning with a Todd Frazier double and then a one out double by Zack Cozart. That brought Bailey up to the plate and he took matters into his own hands with a ground ball that just went under the glove of a diving Jimmy Rollins to score two. Bailey was able to score himself when Billy Hamilton hit his second career homer that just cleared the right field wall to make it a 4-1 game.
Bailey allowed just one hit from that point on to set up a save situation for Aroldis Chapman. All Chapman did was strike out the side for his ninth save of the season to earn the Reds a split (3-3) with the Phillies for the season series.
The Reds now welcome a Los Angeles Dodgers (33-31) who are just 4-7 in their last 11 contests that includes a 3-2 loss to the Reds back on May 28. The Dodgers won that series as Cincinnati was baffled in the early going against Hyun-Jin Ryu and Zack Greinke. The Reds will face Ryu and Greinke again on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, but will first take on Dan Haren (5-4, 3.50 ERA) who will take the mound Monday against Tony Cingrani (2-6, 4.09 ERA) who is still looking for his first win since April.