Cincinnati, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Alfredo Simon tossed a career-high-tying eight innings of one-run ball to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday at Great American Ball Park.
Simon (9-3) allowed seven hits with no walk, one hit batter and five strikeouts to lower his ERA to 2.95 as the Reds (31-34) split the four-game series with the Dodgers and finished their 10-game homestand with a 5-5 record.
Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth for his 10th save of the season.
Zack Greinke (8-3) took the loss after giving up two runs on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts over six innings as the Dodgers dropped to 35-33.
The Dodgers challenged Simon over the first two innings, and ran him up quickly to 43 pitches. In a three-hit top of the first, it was Matt Kemp’s two-out single to center field that scored Justin Turner and made it a 1-0 game.
Facing Greinke, who came in with a 2.62 ERA overall and 2.06 on the road, the Reds countered well and took the lead.
In the bottom of the first, Skip Schumaker blooped a leadoff single into center field and Todd Frazier hit his team-leading 14th homer by lifting a two-run shot to the first row in right field on a first pitch.
In the seventh, Los Angeles had runners on the corners and no outs in the seventh following singles by Kemp and Andre Ethier, before Simon wiggled from danger.
With one out, Miguel Rojas bounced into a fielder’s choice at third base, where Frazier threw home to get Kemp in a rundown. Ethier narrowly reached third base on the play, but Simon struck out pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke to escape.
Simon returned for the eighth and gave up a one-out single, but got back-to-back fielder’s choice plays to get out of it.
Cincinnati added critical insurance runs in the eighth against Brandon League. Zack Cozart led off with a double to left field, moved to third base on a Billy Hamilton sacrifice bunt and scored on a wild pitch.
Schumaker hit a one-out double to left-center field and Votto was intentionally walked with two outs before pinch-hitter Ryan Ludwick lined an RBI single to center field.