Homer Bailey didn’t allow a hit until the seventh inning and out-dueled Tim Hudson to help the Reds earn a sweep of the Giants in San Francisco with a 4-0 win on Sunday.
The Reds (43-38) have now won five straight and have also won five consecutive series. Cincinnati made a living in the series roughing up the Giants (46-36) top arms as they got to Hudson (7-5) and Jeremy Affeldt on Sunday, Jean Machi on Friday and Saturday, and closer Sergio Romo on Saturday. Affeldt hadn’t allowed a run since June 8, but was scored on twice in the ninth. Machi entered the series with a 0.29 ERA and only one run allowed, but was scored on four times in two appearances over the weekend.
The scoring started in the third for the Reds when Skip Schumaker singled to start the inning and then was moved over by Bailey on a sac bunt and brought home Billy Hamilton on a double to right. Hudson stranded Hamilton when he got Todd Frazier to ground out to end the inning.
Neither team would score again until the ninth, but the Giants had a golden opportunity in the fourth when Gregor Blanco walked and moved to second on a ground ball by Hunter Pence. With one out, Blanco was picked off attempting to steal third and then Bailey (8-4) struck out Buster Posey to end the inning.
Each team had a chance to score in the seventh as Brayan Pena tripled for the Reds in the top half of the inning and the Giants recorded back-to-back hits to end Bailey’s no-hit bid. Hudson escaped by getting Schumaker to groundout to end the Reds threat, while Bailey struck out Michael Morse with runners on the corner to end the Giants seventh.
Hudson stayed on to face one hitter in the ninth, but was quickly removed when Frazier singled. Affedlt came on and was far from effective as he balked, allowed a single to Joey Votto, then threw a wild pitch to advance Votto to second. After a sac fly by Brandon Phillips scored Frazier, Affeldt hit Jay Bruce then allowed back-to-back singles by Pena and Schumaker before being pulled for Santiago Casilla. Casilla loaded the bases, but got Bailey to ground into an inning ending double play.
Bailey came out and retired the first two hitters before Pence recorded just the Giants third hit of the game. Posey, who tied the game in the ninth against Aroldis Chapman on Saturday, sent a live drive to center, but Hamilton tracked it down and sealed the complete game shutout for Bailey.
Mat Latos (1-0) looks to continue the hot streak against his former team, the Padres (35-47), when the Reds head to San Diego to finish off their ten-game road trip. Jesse Hahn (3-1) looks to make it back-to-back wins for the Padres after they snapped a three-game losing skid. San Diego ranks dead last in runs scored and batting average.