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Bailey leads Reds past Giants 4-0

SAN FRANCISCO -- Homer Bailey made a strong bid for yet another no-hitter, shutting down San Francisco until Buster Posey's two-out single in the seventh inning and pitching the Cincinnati Reds past the Giants 4-0 Sunday.

 

Bailey has thrown no-hitters in each of the last two seasons, and did it against the Giants at home last July 2. He came close to pitching the latest gem at AT&T Park -- the ballpark was the scene of Tim Lincecum's no-hitter Wednesday against San Diego.

 

Bailey (8-4) finished with a three-hitter as the Reds completed their first four-game sweep in San Francisco since doing it at Candlestick Park in 1972.

 

Billy Hamilton, Brandon Phillips, Brayan Pena and Skip Schumaker drove in runs as the Reds won their season-best fifth straight and eighth in nine overall.

 

The Giants were swept in a four-game series for the first time in their ballpark that opened in 2000.

 

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