Cozart looking for answers at the plate

Cozart looking for answers at the plate

CHICAGO -- Reds shortstop Zack Cozart entered Saturday's game 5-for-27 on the road trip, but his eighth-inning RBI single in Friday's 6-5 win over the Cubs snapped a 0-for-14 skid. Cozart entered the day batting .200 in 27 games.

What's the way out of the slump for Cozart?

"I'd like to see him be more aggressive and swing earlier in the count," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "When in doubt, from a hitter's standpoint, attack. Right now, they're attacking him. He's getting behind taking. He'll take a pitch and then [either] foul one off or the umpire will call [a strike] and you're 0-2. It's hard to hit like that."

Baker showed no indication he planned to move Cozart out of the lineup's second spot.

"There are a lot of guys struggling," Baker said. "That's one of the perils of changing the lineup around because you go from one guy struggling to another guy struggling."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.