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CIN@NYY: Bailey fans seven over 6 1/3 innings

Randall Delgado and Homer Bailey last met 10 days ago in Atlanta. Both right-handers pitched well, combining to allow two runs in 13 1/3 innings. While the Reds won the game, 3-1, neither starter factored into the decision.

For both Delgado and Bailey, last Monday was among their best starts of the season. Bailey was able to build off it and help the Reds beat the Yankees, 6-5, on Saturday in New York. Delgado, meanwhile, pitched only four innings and gave up a grand slam in the Braves' 5-2 loss to the Rays.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez called it a "learning start" for Delgado.

"He just fell behind hitters," Gonzalez said. "It's a learning process. You give up a run, you're not giving up four. I think that's a learning thing, minimizing the damage."

Against the Yankees, Bailey made his fifth quality start in six tries, allowing three runs in 6 1/3 innings. He did allow two home runs, both solo shots.

"I pitched a good game," Bailey said Saturday. "At parks like this, especially in right field, it's hard to keep the ball in. If you're going to give them up, make sure no one is on."

Braves: Braves stress caution with ailing Jones
• After appearing only as a pinch-hitter Wednesday, Chipper Jones has just one more chance to play in the field with the special bases the Reds are using this series to honor him. Jones has not played third base since a hard ground ball left him with a severely bruised left calf in the Braves' 5-3 victory Friday at Tampa Bay.

The bases have a commemorative jewel on the side with the words "Celebrating the career of #10 Chipper Jones" flanked by the Reds and Braves logos. The Reds plan to present Jones with one of the bases in a pregame ceremony Thursday.

Jones is still considered day to day, though Gonzalez said the Braves will be cautious with him.

• Catcher Brian McCann missed his second straight game with flu-like symptoms Wednesday. He remains day to day.

• Thursday is the final game of a seven-game road trip for the Braves. It will be the 16th time they have played on the road in their last 20 games.

The Braves return to Atlanta to play the Nationals on Friday.

Reds: Despite power surge, Reds' offense still sputtering
• Thanks to Todd Frazier's game-winning home run on Wednesday night, the Reds have hit 11 home runs in their last five games.

Though the Reds have shown plenty of power lately, their offense has struggled this season. They are hitting .237 and, going into Wednesday, ranked 12th in the National League in runs with 163. But manager Dusty Baker is hopeful the recent surge in power is a sign they are starting to heat up.

"You can't figure out why sometimes," Baker said. "You hope it's the repetition from getting AB's and playing and that you're getting better timing and that timing breeds success and success breeds confidence. You see one guy doing it and then the next guy gets excited and it's a contagious thing. We've still got some work to do."

• The Reds are on a season-high five-game winning streak. It is their longest winning streak since winning five straight from May 13-17 last year.

Worth noting
• The Reds have not swept a four-game series at home against the Braves since April 9-13, 1980. Comments