The Cincinnati Reds may have snapped out of their offensive funk. That has to be welcome news for Homer Bailey.
Bailey will make his first start at Wrigley Field in three seasons Friday when the Reds and Chicago Cubs renew their NL Central rivalry.
After scoring two runs or fewer in each loss during a 1-5 start to its 10-game trip, Cincinnati (5-8) hit a season-high three homers - one apiece from Brandon Phillips, Ryan Ludwick and Drew Stubbs - and avoided getting swept by St. Louis with Thursday's 6-3 victory.
The Reds had one total home run in their previous nine games.
"It's been so long since we played a game like that," manager Dusty Baker said. "I'm just glad our offense got clicking."
Bailey (0-2, 5.40 ERA) probably is too. The Reds have scored one run in each of his first two starts.
"We have good hitters, and it's going to come around," Bailey told the Reds' official website after allowing three runs in six innings of ...