Homer Bailey pitched brilliantly Thursday night – and survived a scary moment with his jaw bruised but his sense of humor in tact.

Bailey went seven innings in a 4-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians before a crowd of 31,862 at Great American Ball Park. He allowed four hits, walked one and struck out eight to earn his first win since June 29.

This could have been an entirely different story. In the fifth, Jose Ramirez hit a line drive right at Bailey's head. It went off his jaw. He recovered the ball and threw to first. Ramirez reached when Todd Frazier dropped the ball. Manager Bryan Price and trainer Paul Lessard came out to check on Bailey. He stayed in and retired the next five in a row.

"It got me on the jaw," Bailey said. "Hell, I've been bit worse by bed bugs down in Saltillo."

Saltillo is a town in Mexico. The bed bugs would have to be huge to leave the big red mark Bailey had on his jaw. He also had the imprint of the seams from the ball. Bailey admitted he was a bit shaken up.

"You see that light in your eyes when you get hit real hard in the head," Bailey said. "You just try to find the ball. I almost caught it. I think I surprised Frazier by throwing it over there. It's just part of it. I don't think we need protective hats. It's part of the game."

Bailey (9-5) has 1.62 ERA over his last seven starts. To say he's had a little hard luck in that span is an understatement. The Reds won only the first and last of the seven.