Before the ball even left the park, Mike Leake pounded his glove in frustration.

The way the Reds' offense was going – or more correctly not going – one bad pitch could ruin the whole day for a pitcher. The hanging curveball to Jorge Posada in the sixth inning certainly ruined Leake.

Posada hit the aforementioned pitch into the right-field seats for a two-run home run, and that was the margin of victory as the New York Yankees defeated the Reds 4-2 Tuesday afternoon before a crowd of 40,010 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Great American Ball Park.

The Reds scored nine runs in the first five games of the six-game homestand. Not coincidentally, the Reds fell to 1-4 on the homestand with the loss.

That makes it tough to pitch – , i.e, one mistake can beat you.

"It feels like it," Leake said. "But they'll get back on track soon.

"I'm not too worried about our offense. It's one of the top offenses out there. You've got to go out there and keep battling. Eventually, they'll score runs for you."

You would think so – the Reds went into the game leading the National League in runs scored and were second in on-base percentage. But they made Freddy Garcia look like an ace Tuesday afternoon. He joined Jo-Jo Reyes, Brandon Morrow and Ivan Nova on the list of pitchers who have stifled the Reds recently.

The Reds had only 33 hits and three walks in the first five games of the homestand.

"It's tough to beat somebody when they're in the windup all day," Reds manager Dusty Baker said, "especially starters. Relievers are used to it. Most starters don't like being in the stretch."