Reds right-hander Homer Bailey had a no-hitter through eight innings Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
The Reds held a 3-0 lead heading to the bottom of the eighth.
Bailey had a perfect game through six innings, but he walked Gregor Blanco on a 3-2 pitch leading off the seventh. He retired the next three batters, ending the inning by striking out Pablo Sandoval swinging on the ninth pitch of the at-bat.
The one walk was the only baserunner Bailey allowed through eight innings. He had eight strikeouts.
The closest the Giants came to a hit through six innings was on Sandoval's fifth-inning grounder. Shortstop Zack Cozart ranged far to his left to field the ball behind second base and threw out Sandoval at first.
Bailey began the night 4-6 with a 3.88 ERA in 16 starts this year. However, over his previous six outings, he was 1-3 with a 5.26 ERA. He had one complete game on the season, a 6-2 victory over the Marlins in Miami on May 14. Bailey struck out a season-high 10 in that game.
The Reds took a 1-0 lead over the Giants in the first inning when Joey Votto's sacrifice fly scored Shin-Soo Choo. Choo hit a leadoff double that was initially was ruled a homer, but after a two-minute, 15-second review, the umpires concluded the ball caromed off Pence's glove and did not clear the fence.
Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer in the sixth after a Votto single, increasing Cincinnati's lead to 3-0.
Bailey was gunning for his second no-hitter in less than a year. On Sept. 28, he no-hit the Pirates in a 1-0 win at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. He struck out 10 and walked one in that game.