CLEVELAND — Homer Bailey pitched five innings for his first major-league win in nearly two years, and Jay Bruce hit his 18th home run for Cincinnati to help the Reds beat the Cleveland Indians 7-3 Saturday.
Bailey (1-0) was recalled from Triple-A earlier in the day to make his second start of the year and won for the first time since Sept. 20, 2007, against the Chicago Cubs.
He labored through five innings, giving up three runs on three hits and seven walks, giving him 13 in 91⁄3 innings this year. Bailey's first start this season was also against the Indians.
This one went better. In the first one, he didn't get a decision, but allowed six runs in 41⁄3 innings in a 7-6 loss on May 23.
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Indians starter Tomo Ohka (0-2) needed 27 pitches to record an out in the second inning. By then, the Reds had a 4-0 lead on Bruce's solo homer, RBI doubles by Chris Dickerson and Jerry Hairston and a groundout from Joey Votto.
Those three, Cincinnati's first three batters, went a combined 7-for-15. Laynce Nix doubled twice and scored twice for the Reds.
Ohka, who also hasn't won since 2007, was making his third start for Cleveland. He has allowed 10 runs in his last two outings.
Cleveland had runners in four of the five innings against Bailey, but Grady Sizemore's two-run single in the fourth was the only real damage. The Indians stranded seven runners through the first four innings.
Sizemore has eight RBI in four games since coming off the disabled list on Tuesday. He has driven in at least one run in all four games, but the Indians have still lost nine of their last 11.
Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips was hit by a pitch in the first inning, but plate umpire and crew chief Tim McClelland refused to award him first base after it appeared Phillips intentionally stuck his elbow in front of the pitch. Reds Manager Dusty Baker argued briefly before Phillips walked on the next pitch.
■ To make room for Bailey on the roster, the Reds optioned infielder Adam Rosales to Triple-A Louisville.
"I'm still here to play baseball," Rosales said. "It's a learning experience. I got to scuffling, and the game speeds up on you. You have to learn how to slow it down."
Rosales had been with the team since April 28. He hit just .197 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 42 games and was hitting .082 (4-for-49) in his past 18 games.
"We tried to play him as we could," Baker said. "He was struggling, which makes it even harder when he's not playing. He needs to make some adjustments."