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Bailey, Reds end trip on an up note

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SAN DIEGO -- The Cincinnati Reds ended their 11-game swing West Coast swing on a high note Wednesday.

Homer Bailey blanked the San Diego Padres for eight innings before giving up an unearned run, and the Reds halted their five-game skid with a 4-1 victory before 26,450 fans at Petco Park.

"We really didn't want to come in here and get swept," said Bailey, who recorded his first road win since beating the Chicago Cubs on June 10. "We've been pitching really well. Just trying to go out there and end this trip on a good note."

Bailey (6-10) had struggled since throwing a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants on July 2. He was 0-4 with a 4.68 ERA entering Wednesday's game, but he had little trouble with the Padres.

"Homer pitched well," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Bailey was good. Held his velocity. Good fastball command. We just couldn't seem to square the fastball up."

Chase Headley's RBI double scored Everth Cabrera -- who reached on an error by first baseman Joey Votto -- with one out in the ninth and ended Bailey's day. The right-hander finished with seven strikeouts and a walk on 116 pitches (79 strikes) in 8 1/3 innings.

Closer Aroldis Chapman came on and induced a flyout to center from Yonder Alonso before striking out Jesus Guzman for his 25th save.

"I'm very relieved," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We left some runners out there early, but we battled and battled. Homer gave us all we needed. It's been a long time since he's won. It was some big hits we got today that had been eluding us."

Phillips, who went 3-for-5, led off the second by driving a 1-2 pitch from Padres starter Eric Stults into the San Diego bullpen in left-center for a 1-0 Cincinnati lead. It was Phillips' 13th home run of the season.

"Brandon looked good. He put us on the board. It's good to see him swinging again," Baker said.

In the seventh, the Reds scored three unearned runs after a throwing error by Headley allowed Derrick Robinson to reach and extend the inning.

Chris Heisey blooped a single over the head of Cabrera to score Zack Cozart before Votto lined a two-run double to right to bring home Robinson and Heisey for a 4-0 Cincinnati lead with two outs.

That chased Stults (8-10), who allowed four runs (one earned) on 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked none on 109 pitches (73 strikes).

The Padres had won eight of nine when Stults pitched at Petco before Wednesday's setback. Stults hadn't dropped a home decision since April 10, when he lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"I thought 'Stultsy' threw the ball great," Black said. "Not many hard-hit balls again him. A couple of line drives, but overall he threw the ball well."

The Reds (60-49) hadn't produced more than two runs in any game during their losing streak. The loss ended a four-game winning streak for San Diego (50-59).

"We started the road trip off strong and we ended it relatively strong today," said Baker, whose club went 5-6 after opening the trip by winning four of five, including three of four against the Giants, before stumbling against the Dodgers and Padres. "Now it's time to go back home."

NOTES: The Padres acquired RHP Ian Kennedy from the Arizona Diamondbacks for LHP Joe Thatcher and minor league RHP Matt Stites on Wednesday. Kennedy is 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts. Thatcher is 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA in 50 games. "We're excited to add a starting pitcher of Ian's pedigree," Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said. "He is under club control through 2015, and we feel he will help us take another step forward as a team." ... Reds RHP Jonathan Broxton was scheduled to pitch one inning Wednesday night for Triple-A Louisville. Broxton has been on the disabled list since June 15 with a flexor mass strain in his right elbow. ... The Padres open a three-game series Friday against the New York Yankees, who will be visiting Petco for the first time. Yankees LHP CC Sabathia will face off against Padres RHP Andrew Cashner in the opener. ... The Reds host the Cardinals in a three-game set beginning Friday. St. Louis RHP Shelby Miller and Cincinnati RHP Bronson Arroyo will square off to start the series.
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