CINCINNATI (AP) — Homer Bailey went seven innings, singled and scored, and knocked down a liner coming right at his head. Quite a lot went into ending this losing streak.
Bailey pitched seven innings to end his slide against Cleveland, and Billy Hamilton had an RBI triple and scored a run Thursday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-0 victory over the intrastate rival Indians.
The Reds won three of four in the annual series, splitting two games in Cleveland and sweeping a pair at Great American Ball Park.
Bailey (9-5) had lost his last three starts against the Indians. After pitching out of trouble in the first, he settled in and allowed four hits while fanning eight. He also singled and scored.
“He pitched a really great game,” manager Bryan Price said. “He scuffled early with his command, but he came back strong and gave us a great chance to win.”
Bailey overcame an unsettling moment in the fifth inning, when Jose Ramirez lined a pitch directly at his face. The right-hander turned away and knocked down the ball with his glove, recovered and threw to first from his knees. Three times, Bailey shook his head as he regained his composure.