Tigers starter Drew Smyly has allowed four runs in each of his past five outings and hasn't earned a quality start since a six-inning, one-run performance against the Mariners on May 9. Since then, he has raised his ERA from 1.59 to 3.71.
Though Reds starter Homer Bailey hasn't had a down streak as long as Smyly's, he enters Sunday's game on the heels of his worst start of the season.
Against the Pirates on June 5, he lasted just three innings, giving up six runs on eight hits. It was just the third time in 11 starts this season that Bailey failed to pitch at least six innings, and it was his first loss since May 8 against the Brewers.
"I'm not too worried about it at all," Bailey said. "With the way myself and our pitching coach [Bryan Price] and assistant pitching coach [Mack Jenkins] really work well together, I think this is something that can be cured quickly."
Tigers: Peralta on paternity leave
Shortstop Jhonny Peralta was placed on Major League Baseball's paternity leave list before Saturday's win against the Reds so that he could be with his wife, who is due to give birth to twins.
Ramon Santiago took over in Peralta's absence and went 2-for-4 at the plate, including a solo home run in the second inning.
Reds: Votto extends career-best hitting streak
After a 1-for-2 day on Saturday, first baseman Joey Votto extended his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games.
He's batting .558 (29-for-52) during the streak with three home runs and 10 RBIs. During his three-hit performance in Friday's game, the 2010 National League MVP hit a three-run home run in the Reds' 6-5 extra-inning win over Detroit.
"I felt really good lately," Votto said. "A lot of the stuff I was working on earlier in the season I was having trouble with, I think that I've cleared it up. You're always battling in this game to get back to neutral and in the past stretch I feel like I have been, but you can never explain when you go through these hot stretches why it happens."
After missing Friday's game because of back spasms, third baseman Todd Frazier was starting on Saturday against the Tigers. He knocked in the only two runs of the game for Cincinnati on a two-run single in the fourth inning.
After Santiago's second-inning homer, at least one home run has been hit in 55 consecutive games at Great American Ball Park. The streak dates back to a homerless game on July 29, 2011, between the Reds and Giants. It's the longest active streak in the Majors.
Saturday's game vs. the Tigers was the fifth sellout of the 2012 season for the Reds and second consecutive sellout at Great American Ball Park. The crowd of 43,443 marked the largest regular-season, non-Opening Day attendance at the stadium.