Homer Bailey got the Cincinnati Reds back on track by firing 8 1/3 outstanding innings in a 4-1 victory over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
Bailey (6-10) yielded just six hits and one unearned run to halt a four-start losing streak and put an end to five straight Cincinnati losses that included setbacks in each of the first two tests of this three-game set. The hard- throwing righty took a shutout bid into the ninth that was spoiled by Chase Headley's one-out RBI double.
The Reds mustered a mere five runs during the slide, but collected 11 hits in the finale and scored three times with the aid of a San Diego error in the seventh inning. Brandon Phillips led the charge by going 3-for-5 with a solo home run, while Joey Votto came through with a two-run double in the triumph.
"We battled and battled, and Homer gave us all we needed," said Reds manager Dusty Baker.
Eric Stults (8-10) threw 6 2/3 innings in a solid performance for the Padres, but was charged with all four runs -- only one of which was earned -- while permitting 10 hits.
"Stults matched [Bailey] all the way through until the seventh, but Bailey was good," said Padres manager Bud Black.
Yonder Alonso and Alexi Amarista each had two hits for San Diego, which had a four-game win streak snapped.
While Bailey silenced the Padres bats for much of the afternoon, San Diego did make some noise prior to Wednesday's trade deadline by acquiring former 21- game winner Ian Kennedy from Arizona in exchange for lefty reliever Joe Thatcher and minor league pitcher Matt Stites.
Bailey faced the minimum through the first three innings and allowed a runner to reach second only once until the ninth. That came in the fourth, when Chris Denorfia and Alonso each singled but were left stranded.
He was staked to an early 1-0 edge courtesy of Phillips, who ended a 1-for-17 skid by hammering a Stults slider over the wall in straightaway center to begin the top of the second.
The Reds had a chance to extend the lead a frame later after Derrick Robinson and Chris Heisey opened the third with consecutive singles. Robinson was thrown out attempting to steal third, however, two batters before Phillips delivered a base hit that likely would have drove in a run.
Cincinnati finally broke out of its scoring slump in the seventh, capitalizing on a costly throwing error by Headley that lengthened the inning.
With one on and two out, Headley fielded a grounder off the bat of Robinson near the third-base bag but was off the mark with his throw to first. Heisey followed with a bloop single to left that plated a run, then Votto ended Stults' day with a double to right that scored both Robinson and Heisey for a 4-0 advantage.
Bailey entered the ninth having set down 10 of the last 11 men he faced, but the Padres put the lead runner on when Votto mishandled Everth Cabrera's grounder to first. One out later, Headley drove a pitch into the gap in left center to finally get San Diego on the board and prompt Baker to summon closer Aroldis Chapman to the mound.
"I felt fine," said Bailey. "I definitely wish I could have finished that one, but we've got a pretty good closer coming in behind me."
Chapman, who served up a game-winning two-run homer to Denorfia in Monday's opener, bounced back by retiring the next two hitters to notch his 25th save.