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July 3, 2013

Reds' Bailey adding up no-hitters - like idol Ryan

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CINCINNATI —

Last year was the season of the no-no with seven in all, tying a modern record. By July 2, five already had been thrown. Bailey contributed the last one of the bunch, a 1-0 win in Pittsburgh on Sept. 28.

Seventeen starts later, he threw the first one of 2013 and made his home state proud.

The last pitcher to throw such back-to-back no-hitters in the majors was Ryan, according to STATS. Baseball's career strikeout king did it for the California Angels on Sept. 28, 1974, against Minnesota, and again on June 1, 1975, vs. Baltimore.

This one was as easy as could be. The defending World Series champions are in a deep hitting funk — two runs or less in nine of their last 12 games. They only came close to a hit one time.

Bailey (5-6) walked Gregor Blanco leading off the seventh, the only Giants batter to reach base. Blanco advanced on a groundout then made the out that settled San Francisco's only close call.

Buster Posey hit a soft one-hopper that pulled Joey Votto away from first base. Bailey got a slow break off the mound to cover the bag, setting up what would have been a close play. Maybe Posey beats Bailey to the base for an infield hit.

"That would have been a sad way to lose a no-hitter," Baker said.

Instead, Votto saw Blanco break for third and threw him out.

"Joey had a great heads-up play. I was almost a little late getting to the bag," Bailey said.

Two innings later, Bailey finished it off so smoothly. He jumped to glove Brandon Crawford's high comebacker, struck out Tony Abreu and retired Blanco on a grounder to third baseman Todd Frazier.

Then, he raised his arms in celebration, just as he did in Pittsburgh only 10 months earlier.

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