Over the long course of a baseball season games tend to run together. It takes a lot to stand out.

Tuesday's game had a lot.

There was Homer Bailey's brilliant start. There was Billy Hamilton's first stolen base -- in a critical moment against the best catcher going. There was the big hit from Todd Frazier. And there was Aroldis Chapman striking out the side for the save with 103 mph gas and nasty sliders.

It added up to a 1-0 victory for the Reds over the St. Louis Cardinals before a crowd of 20219 at Great American Ball Park. The victory moves the Reds to within 1 1/2 games of the Cards in the National League Central.

"That was an outstanding game" Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It was playoff-type atmosphere. I told these guys hopefully we get used to that."

The Reds are guaranteed a split in the four-game series thus their seven-series losing streak to the Cards is over.

"That's a moot point" Baker said. "We can't bring that back. All we can do is move forward. All that counts is the game we play today. (The series is) very important. We're chasing them."

Bailey went seven innings and allowed only two hits. He walked one and struck out eight. He retired the last 14 he faced. The outing came the day after Mat Latos threw a complete game Monday to beat the Cards 7-2.

Bailey shut the Cardinals out over 7 1/3 innings in his last start -- the 10-0 win to avoid a sweep in St. Louis on Wednesday. So he's gone 14 1/3 shutout innings against St. Louis in his last two outings. He's allowed seven hits walked three and struck out 15 in that span.