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Bailey takes shutout into 9th in 4-1 Reds win

SAN DIEGO – Homer Bailey came within two outs of a five-hit shutout to end his four-start losing streak and the Cincinnati 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.

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. The right-hander got Chris Denorfia to fly out before Chase Headley doubled in Cabrera. Manager Dusty Baker pulled Bailey, and Aroldis Chapman got the final two outs for his 25th save in 29 chances.

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 (6-10) allowed six hits and one unearned run, struck out seven and walked none.

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.

Stults allowed four runs, one earned, on 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out five and walked none.

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