It took one big swing by Brandon Phillips and one big start by Homer Bailey to snap the Reds' four-game losing streak.

Bailey out-dueled left-hander Clayton Kershaw to lift the Reds over the Los Angeles Dodgers before a crowd of 41,129 at Dodger Stadium Wednesday night.

The Reds needed this one. The season was beginning to feel like it was tweeting on the brink.

"It was a really big win," Bailey said. "We needed that. You don't ever want to get swept, I don't care where you're at, who you're playing. We needed that, especially with the road trip tonight, heading over to Phoenix. We need to start that series on a good note."

"We all needed this one," first baseman Brayan Pena said. "Bailey, he threw a great. Brandon Phillips with that homer, it was huge. We, as a team, need to continue to grind, to battle until everybody's healthy."

The Reds realize -- healthy or not -- it's not early anymore.

"We're kind of past that early part of that I've alluded to," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "We're getting into meat of this thing. We need to play better and secure wins. Here's great one-run victory, where we grinded it out and found a way. It's a huge win."

Bailey, 5-3, went seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits. He struck out six and walked one. It was Bailey's fifth quality start in his last five outings. He beat the Cardinals 5-3 on Friday for the Reds' last win before Wednesday.

Bailey called it his best outing.

"Probably so," he said. "I would have liked to put up a few more zeros. But doing it against Clayton."

The big blow offensively was Phillips' two-run homer in the first.