Cincinnati Reds

Bailey can't shake blues against St. Louis

Homer Bailey has seen enough of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Lance Lynn won his 10th straight decision, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings Wednesday to lead the Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds and Bailey 4-2.

Bailey (1-3) gave up four runs and nine hits in 51⁄3 innings. He is 3-9 against St. Louis, including 0-5 with a 6.90 ERA at Busch Stadium.

"Those guys are just my Achilles heel right now," he said. "They've got my number."

After Bailey allowed one run and five hits through five innings, the Cardinals chased him with four singles and a walk in a three-run sixth inning.

"I broke a bat in about five different pieces and it falls over our second baseman," Bailey said. "Hopefully, down the road, they'll hit three missiles at someone and things will even out."

Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker thought Bailey was able to limit the damage.

"He threw well enough to win," Baker said. "They hit some good pitches in that sixth."

Brandon Phillips drove in both Reds' runs, hitting a solo homer in the ninth.

Lynn (5-0) struck out five and walked two, improving to 10-0 in 10 starts and one relief appearance since losing to Milwaukee on Sept. 7. He became the NL's first five-game winner.

"It's early — but it's fun so far," Lynn said.

He was 6-0 with a 1.48 ERA through May 7 last season, then went 12-7 with a 4.46 ERA the rest of the way.

Leading the NL Central at the start of May for the sixth straight year, St. Louis has won six of its last nine.

"To be able to pitch like this and win games, it feels good," Lynn said. "I just go out there, concentrate and keep trying to improve every day."

Lynn retired the leadoff hitter six times. He also slapped a fifth-inning single to break out of an 0 for 52 slump. In addition, he set down a perfect bunt in the sixth inning.

"We had opportunities, but he pitched out of it," Cincinnati's Todd Frazier said.

Trevor Rosenthal pitched a hitless eighth, and Edward Mujica finished the six-hitter for his sixth save in six chances.


Reds at Cubs

When: 2:20 p.m.

Pitchers: Reds, Leake (1-1); Cubs, Villanueva (1-1)

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