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Reds swept Giants in second-place

Bryant Kizer | 7/2/2014, 12:37 p.m.

Cincinnati -- Homer Bailey capped off a Cincinnati Reds dominating pitching performance against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. Bailey blanked the Giants to three hits as the Reds completed a four-game sweep with a 4-0 victory at San Francisco. This was the Reds first sweep in San Francisco since 1972.

The Reds (43-38) moved into a second-place tie with the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central Division. The Reds, who have won five in a row and eight out of nine, are just 6 ½ games behind front runner Milwaukee Brewers (51-33), who have the best record in the NL. The Reds have won six series in the month of June. They are 17-9 in June.

Bailey, who was locked into a pitching battle with veteran Tim Hudson, went the distance. He did not allow a hit until the seventh inning.

The Reds, who led 1-0 after eight, got three runs in the top on the ninth. Bailey (8-4) finished with three hits and striking out seven.

“We had pretty good stuff today. Brayan (Pena) did a good job behind the plate. We have beat them three in a row. You can imagine they’re not feeling their best. We try to be aggressive. We have a lot of early outs and our pitch count was pretty low,” said Bailey, who pitched his fourth career shutout.

In the four-game sweep, the Reds had the knack off scoring late. In their Saturday’s 7-3 11th inning victory, they scored two in the ninth and five in the 11th. On Friday, the Reds scored five of their six runs in the fifth, for a 6-2 victory. Then on Thursday, the scored two in the seventh for their 3-1 win.

All of their victories had another situation in common, the command and the deepness of their starting pitching. Mike Leake (6-6, 3.41 ERA) started the parade on Thursday by going eight innings, on one-run, four hits and striking out 12. Leake has won his last three games.

On Friday, Johnny Cueto (8-5, 1.88) went 8 plus, giving up two runs on four hits. On Saturday, Alfredo Simon (10-3, 2.81) lasted seven innings, surrendering one run on three hits, fanning four.

The Reds will finish their ten-games in ten days road trip today at San Diego. The Reds will return home on Friday to begin an 11-game in 10-day home-stand, a home-stand that will lead them to the All-Star break. The Reds will take on Milwaukee Brewers, in a three-game weekend series.

Hot at the plate…Red’s lead-off hitter, Billy Hamilton. The switch-hitter was 8-for-18 (.444) with four RBI’s in the four-game series with the Giants.

Despite going 0-6 on Saturday, Todd Frazier still had a pretty good series. He was 7-12 (.583) in the other three.

Jay Bruce went 7-for-15 (.466) with two RBI’s. Bruce is batting .421 (16-38) in his last ten games. Bruce has raised his average to .246 at the end of May he was batting .146. He was coming off a torn meniscus in his left knee that allowed him to play only 12 games.

Also at Cincinnati…The Chicago Cubs (34-46) begin a four-game series. On Tuesday, it would be a split-game double-header. In the weekend series, the Pittsburgh Pirates (42-40) will be in town.