Following the five-run second inning for the Cincinnati Reds, it looked like it would be a high-scoring affair for both teams. However, it would be all they needed as the Reds took game one of the three game series against Miami, 6-2.
Both Cincinnati and Miami plated a run in the first.
Brandon Phillips added to his RBI total with a run scoring single that plated Zack Cozart. Miami scored on a Derek Dietrich single that scored Juan Pierre.
Cincinnati did some major damage in the second. Ryan Hanigan started it off with a one-out single. Homer Bailey, who looked strong on the mound, advanced Hanigan with a sacrifice bunt. Shin-Soo Choo was then hit-by-pitch for the 12th time this season. Cozart then singled to load the bases. Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips then drew back-to-back walks to plate two more runs. Xavier Paul then stepped in and lined a bases clearing double to left to stretch the lead to 6-1.
Bailey had one of his best outings of since his no-hitter last year. He pitched a complete game giving up two earned runs and striking out 10.
"I've had two or three games this year where I felt like I could've gone nine," Bailey said. "Today, we jumped out ahead, and with that kind of lead, I was just trying to be aggressive."
With the nine-game road trip, Reds manager Dusty Baker was pleased that his bullpen wasn't needed.
"He saved my bullpen," Baker said. "That's a great way to start a road trip. We have eight more to go and those guys are fresh."
Jay Bruce was given his first day off this season and is expected to be in the lineup tomorrow. Mike Leake will be on the mound for tomorrow's game that is scheduled to start at 7:10 pm.
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