Homer Bailey is suddenly looking a lot like the pitcher who led off July with his second career no-hitter.
Bailey hopes to help the Cincinnati Reds avoid a fourth loss in five games Saturday when they visit the Milwaukee Brewers.
Cincinnati had its lead for the final wild-card spot cut to 4 12 games over streaking Washington with Friday's 5-1 loss. Ryan Ludwick lost a ball in the lights to help Milwaukee jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first and the Reds (83-65) were limited to four hits in Kyle Lohse's complete game.
Despite being fourth in the NL with 4.3 runs per game, it was the third time in four contests the Reds had scored one or fewer runs.
Second baseman Brandon Phillips is 6 for 39 (.154) with two extra-base hits in his last 10 games.
Carlos Gomez, batting .116 against the Reds to start the night, had three hits - including a pair of bloopers - for Milwaukee.
"I guess that was (Gomez's) night when things like that happen over and over," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "...