The Reds are looking to get something going in Sunday's series finale against the Phillies at Great American Ball Park.
They won five of six games from May 28 to June 3 before dropping three consecutive games this week to the Giants and Phillies. They won Saturday with a chance to win the series with a victory on Sunday afternoon.
Reds manager Bryan Price has been trying to keep things positive in the clubhouse, but a win Sunday would be a nice boost.
"I try to provide emotional consistency myself," he said. "I'm sure there is, at times, a palpable frustration that we all share. The thing that gets so frustrating is to play so well and win five out of six and win four in a row and then come back and look almost lifeless. That's frustrating. It's certainly not because the guys don't care. Everybody here wants to win and play better."
Reds right-hander Homer Bailey (6-3, 4.99 ERA) faces Phillies right-hander David Buchanan (1-2, 6.11 ERA). Buchanan is trying to bounce back from easily the worst start of his brief, three-start career. He had a 3.86 ERA through two starts, but allowed 10 hits, seven runs, two walks, two home runs and struck out six in six innings last week in a loss to the Nationals.
"That's what happens," Buchanan said. "You get into hitters counts, leave the ball up and they started hitting it. So I tried to continue to battle. Unfortunately, the ball stayed up in the zone and we got hit around."
Phillies: Reds happy not to see Hamels again until 2015
Left-hander Cole Hamels on Friday improved to 9-0 with a 1.51 ERA in 12 career regular season starts against the Reds.
He finds himself in rare company.
Elias Sports Bureau said Hamels is the first pitcher to debut in the past 40 years to have at least nine wins, no losses and an ERA under 2.00 in his first dozen starts against one opponent since Pedro Martinez. He won each of his first 12 starts against the Mariners from 1998 to 2004 with a 1.26 ERA in those games.
Reds: Frazier wants cleaner play at first base
Normally a third baseman, Todd Frazier started at first base for the fourth time this season and the second consecutive game Saturday. On Friday, Frazier made his third error at first base. At third base, he's normally been very good, but is the move across the diamond that different?
"It would seem to everybody that you move from third base to first base and everything is the same. It's not," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Your area of coverage is different. You're having to make sure you cover the bag and plug that hole. Footwork and things of that nature are different. He's better than he's played at first base, I know that."
Frazier, who has filled in for the injured Joey Votto at first base along with catcher Brayan Pena, could not explain why he's had some trouble.
"When you're a utility guy, I guess, you're used to playing at all different positions and work at it a lot," Frazier said. "Not to make an excuse, I should've had all three, but I haven't been a utility guy for two years. I don't mind playing there at all.
• Domonic Brown has been struggling at the plate this season, but not with runners in scoring position. He entered Saturday hitting .333 (18-for-54) with four doubles, three home runs and 27 RBIs this season with runners in scoring position.
• The Reds entered Saturday with the highest fielding percentage (.988) and fewest errors (26) in Major League Baseball.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.