Bad homestand ends well

For Reds pitcher Mike Leake, that went about as well as could be expected. The crowd supported him (I didn’t hear any booing) and he pitched well. And most important, there was a 7-4 Reds win that snapped a four-game losing streak and ended a rough home stand at 2-5.

Leake: 7 ip, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. He had first pitch strikes to 16 of 26 batters and retired 16 of his last 17 batters. He couldn’t talk at all about his arrest on shoplifting allegations or the details of his case but he shared a little of his feelings. See more later on MLB.com/Reds.com.

“It was nice to go out there and be able to erase some things and go out there and pitch and I don’t know, let some things go,” Leake said.

Notes:

*Arizona scored a run in the top of the first, making it the fifth-straight game Reds pitchers have given up at least one run in the first inning. Cincinnati leads the Majors with 23 first-inning runs allowed.

*This time the deficit was mitigated by the Reds scoring four in the bottom of the first and sending nine to the plate. It helped that Daniel Hudson walked three (including two with the bases loaded) and hit a batter.

*Jonny Gomes walked for the 16th time in the top of the first. His 16th walk last season did not come until June 9.

Quotes:

“I respect him. I love him to death. Regardless of what happens, he’s family. He’s not a distraction to the team. He had nothing to do with it [the losing streak]. We got the win today. I’m very proud of him. He kept his head up, went out there and pitched like he normally pitched and did a good job.” — Brandon Phillips on Mike Leake.

“I didn’t want to back down so I just went after them. I wanted them to hit my pitch. They got a pitch every once in a while but they didn’t really do much damage with it. I just attacked them.” — Leake on what he did to pitch well vs. Arizona

“That’s the most runs we’ve scored in an inning in a while. It’s seems like it’s been a won a game, seemed like a month. That’s the way to end a homestand. It wasn’t a good homestand but it was a good ending. Hopefully it can be the start of some big things on this very important, tough road trip.” — Dusty Baker

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