Reds edge D-backs 2-1 heading into All-Star break

Starting pitcher Homer Bailey helped send the Reds into the All-Star break with a series win as Cincinnati topped the D-backs, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Chase Field. With the win, the Reds closed out the first half with a 4-3 record on their road trip.

Bailey picked up his second win of the season and dropped his ERA to 8.31 in his fourth start of the year. He threw 6 2/3 innings and struck out five while giving up one run on seven hits, with four walks and five strikeouts.

“It was just a good win for us in general,” Bailey said. “We split with Colorado and took two out of three from these guys right before the break. You have to be feeling pretty good about that.”

Bailey, who had a 27.00 ERA after his first two starts back from Feb. 18 elbow surgery — his third in less than three years — has a 1.42 ERA over his last two starts, both wins.

“The last two starts, he’s been fantastic,” Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart said. “I think the ball had a lot of velo today. In turn, his breaking balls were a lot sharper. He’s getting closer and closer to Homer.”

Billy Hamilton got the Reds on the board in the second when he drew a one-out walk, swiped second base for his 39th steal of the season, then scored on Joey Votto’s bloop single to left, Votto’s 68th RBI this year.

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