It would be hard to come up with two more disparate starts than Homer Bailey's last two.
The right-hander will look to bounce back and lead the Cincinnati Reds to a second straight victory over a depleted Atlanta Braves squad on Saturday.
Bailey (5-7, 3.70 ERA) followed his no-hitter against San Francisco on July 2 by giving up a season-high 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings in Milwaukee on Monday. Despite surrendering 14 baserunners, he ultimately allowed just four runs in a 4-3 loss.
"He got out of some tough jams," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
Bailey walked three, hit a batter and struck out three.
"It was just one of those days," he said. "Just never could find a rhythm."
Bailey also wasn't in rhythm in his lone start of the season against the Braves on May 7, when he gave up four runs, five hits and a season-high four walks in five innings of a 5-4 loss but didn't get the decision. He was 2-0 with a 2.41 ERA in his first three starts versus At...