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CINCINNATI -- Homer Bailey knows he can pitch better, but he'll settle for a win in his major league debut.
The Cincinnati rookie struggled through five innings, but he benefited from three home runs, including the 577th of Ken Griffey Jr.'s career, to get the win in his first career appearance as the Reds beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 on Friday night.
"Not too good," said Bailey, Cincinnati's No. 1 pick in the 2004 draft, when asked to rate his performance. "I got behind a lot of hitters, but we got the win, and that's the most important thing."
"Everybody wanted to see him," manager Jerry Narron said. "He's got great stuff, and he made the pitches to get people out."
Bailey's biggest pitch was his last. The Indians loaded the bases with two outs against him in the fifth, but with the crowd of 38,696 standing and cheering, the right-hander struck out David Dellucci looking on a 93 mile-per-hour fastball.
"That was awesome," Bailey said. "You get that last strike, and everything shuts off, and you can really hear it."
"He was very effective," Dellucci said. "He had us going after pitchers up in the strike zone, and he had a little cutter that kept us (left-handers) off balance. He had me guessing, and I guessed wrong."
It was the 114th and final pitch of the night for Bailey (1-0), who allowed two runs and five hits with four walks and three strikeouts. He left with a 3-2 lead.
"He deserved every opportunity to get out of that inning, and he did," Narron said. "The only negative is he got his pitch count up. That's something he had problems with in the minor leagues, and we've got to get him out of it."
"I learned to not get behind hitters -- throw less," Bailey said.
Cliff Lee (2-4) has lost all four of his starts since beating the Reds 9-4 on May 18. He gave up four hits and four runs with three walks and three strikeouts in six innings.
Griffey led off the sixth against Lee with a home run to right field, his 14th of the season, to give Cincinnati a 4-2 lead.
Phillips led off the fourth against Lee with a double. One out later, Conine hit his third home run of the season into the left field seats to give Cincinnati a 3-2 lead.
Cleveland scored a run against Bailey with two outs in the first inning on Travis Hafner's single and
"We definitely had our opportunities, but we didn't take advantage," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. "We made the kid work, but we took a couple of two-strike pitches, and that's uncharacteristic for us. We need to do a little better job in two-strike situations."
Phillips tied the score in the bottom of the inning with his 11th homer of the season, an opposite-field liner to right.
"The story of the game was I couldn't keep it in the park," Lee said. "All in all, I thought my location was pretty good."
Cleveland regained a one-run lead in the fourth when Martinez led off with a single, moved to third on Trot Nixon's double and scored on Dellucci's sacrifice fly.
Ryan Garko hit a pinch-hit home run leading off the ninth -- his eighth of the year -- to make it 4-3.
|Homer Bailey delivers a win for the Reds in his debut, striking out three in five innings. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Grady Sizemore, CF||5||0||1||0||0||2||0||.276|
|Casey Blake, 3B||5||0||1||0||0||0||1||.278|
|Travis Hafner, 1B||4||1||1||0||1||1||1||.272|
|Victor Martinez, C||4||1||2||1||0||0||2||.318|
|Trot Nixon, RF||2||0||1||0||1||0||1||.268|
|a- Jason Michaels, PH-LF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.284|
|David Dellucci, LF||1||0||0||1||1||1||3||.247|
|b- Franklin Gutierrez, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.222|
|Josh Barfield, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.246|
|Mike Rouse, SS||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.116|
|c- Jhonny Peralta, PH-SS||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.290|
|Cliff Lee, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|Roberto Hernandez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joe Borowski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Ryan Garko, PH||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.324|
|a-singled for Nixon in the 8th|
|b-grounded into a double play for Dellucci in the 8th|
|c-struck out for Rouse in the 8th|
|d-homered for Borowski in the 9th|
|2B - Victor Martinez (11, Bailey), Trot Nixon (11, Bailey), Josh Barfield (9, Majewski)|
|HR - Ryan Garko (8, Weathers)|
|SF - David Dellucci (3)|
|RBI - Victor Martinez (52), David Dellucci (13), Ryan Garko (22)|
|2-OUT RBI - Victor Martinez (21)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Blake-Barfield-Hafner|
|E - Casey Blake (6, Misplayed grounder)|
|Cliff Lee (L,2-4)||6||3||4||3||3||3||3||6.11|
|Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 103-70, Roberto Hernandez 13-6, Joe Borowski 11-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 13-3, Roberto Hernandez 2-0, Joe Borowski 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 25, Roberto Hernandez 3, Joe Borowski 4|
|Norris Hopper, CF-LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.299|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||4||2||1||1||0||0||0||.283|
|Ken Griffey Jr., RF||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.281|
|Jeff Conine, 1B||3||1||2||2||1||0||0||.292|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.283|
|Adam Dunn, LF||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.252|
|Josh Hamilton, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.266|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.268|
|David Ross, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.191|
|Homer Bailey, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Chad Moeller, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.219|
|Mike Stanton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Scott Hatteberg, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.279|
|Jon Coutlangus, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Gary Majewski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|David Weathers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Bailey in the 5th|
|b-walked for Stanton in the 7th|
|2B - Jeff Conine (7, Borowski)|
|HR - Brandon Phillips (11, Lee), Ken Griffey Jr. (14, Lee), Jeff Conine (3, Lee)|
|RBI - Brandon Phillips (33), Ken Griffey Jr. (35), Jeff Conine 2 (20)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Norris Hopper 1|
|DP - Hopper-Conine-Encarnacion, B. Phillips-A. Gonzalez-Conine|
|Homer Bailey (W,1-0)||5||5||2||2||4||3||0||3.60|
|Mike Stanton (H,4)||2||1||0||0||0||2||0||4.63|
|Gary Majewski (H,2)||0.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||9.64|
|David Weathers (S,12)||1.1||1||1||1||0||2||1||3.99|
|IBB - Rouse by Homer Bailey|
|HBP - Barfield (by Homer Bailey)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 114-63, Mike Stanton 29-22, Jon Coutlangus 3-2, Gary Majewski 10-6, David Weathers 21-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 5-6, Mike Stanton 3-1, Gary Majewski 1-0, David Weathers 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 24, Mike Stanton 7, Jon Coutlangus 1, Gary Majewski 2, David Weathers 5|
|Attendance - 38696|
|Game Time - 3:05|
|Temperature - 82|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Troy Fullwood, Third Base - Ed Montague|