Frazier homers, Simon gets NL-best 9th win
Friday, June 13, 2014 11:00 AM
CINCINNATI (AP) - Zack Greinke had never lost at Great American Ball Park. Todd Frazier wasn't going to give him time to settle in on the mound again.
Frazier swung at the first pitch he got from Greinke and hit a two-run homer on Thursday, sending Cincinnati to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and a split of their series.
The Reds won the last two games to finish a 5-5 homestand that left them stuck closer to the bottom of the NL Central than the top.
Alfredo Simon (9-3) gave up seven singles in eight innings, joining the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright as the NL's only nine-game winners.
Greinke (8-3) had been 4-0 in five games at Great American. A slow start cost him his perfect mark. Skip Schumaker opened the Reds' first with a single, and Frazier followed with his team-high 14th homer on Greinke's fifth pitch of the game. Joey Votto doubled on the next pitch as well.
"I was just trying to electrify us and get us going," said Frazier, who has five homers in his last 11 games. "First pitch, I was ready to attack."
Greinke gave the third baseman credit for hitting a pitch that ended up where it was intended.
"It wasn't necessarily any worse pitches than the rest of the game, just that Frazier's hot," Greinke said.
Cincinnati would get only one more hit off Greinke, who went six innings before leaving for a pinch-hitter.
The Reds added a pair of runs in the eighth, when Zack Cozart doubled and scored on Brandon League's wild pitch. Ryan Ludwick had an RBI single.
Simon matched his career high with eight innings and held the lead by pitching out of a threat in the seventh with a 2-1 lead. Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier opened with singles. Tim Federowicz flied out too shallow to score the run, and Kemp was caught in a rundown after he tried to score on Miguel Rojas' grounder. Pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke struck out to end the threat.
"What he's he doing that's most surprising to me is pitching effectively into the seventh and eighth innings," manager Bryan Price said. "He's pitching deep into games and continuing to stay aggressive with his stuff. He looks very comfortable in high-leverage situations."
"I feel like my arm is only 20 years old," Simon, 33, said. "I feel like I can throw 200 innings."
Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 11 chances.
Simon's nine wins match his total for his last two seasons as a reliever with Cincinnati.
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