Starting pitching was supposed to be a strength for the Reds, but there was little evidence of that until lately.
Travis Wood continued the upward trend Monday, going 6 2/3 shutout innings in a 6-1 victory over the Houston Astros. He allowed six hits, walked one and struck out six. He threw 106 pitches, 71 strikes. And he hit a three-run homer.
The Reds' starting pitchers have only allowed one run over their last 20 1/3 innings. Over the last six games, the starters are 4-0 with a 1.70 ERA. Not coincidentally, the Reds have won five of the six.
"It starts with the starters," Baker said. "Then guys get to rolling. They start feeling good about themselves. Catchers and pitchers are on the same page. We started much like this last year. Once we got it together, we kept it together for the remainder of the season.
"It's always nice when you have good starting pitching. That's the name of the game. Our guys are throwing the ball well. They're cutting down on the walks."
Wood (2-3) had not won since April 2.
"My pitches were working well," Wood said. "I was able to keep them off balance. The defense made some plays behind me. We put together a together a quality ballgame."
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