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Simon ends streak, Reds beat Braves 5-3

Simon ends streak, Reds beat Braves 5-3
Posted Sunday, August 24th 2014 @ 5pm

CINCINNATI -- Alfredo Simon pitched seven strong innings to earn his first win in eight starts since the All-Star break and Todd Frazier homered as the Cincinnati Reds held on for a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

Simon (13-8), who was 0-5 since pitching in the All-Star Game, opened with six shutout innings before yielding a run in the seventh. He allowed five hits with one walk and six strikeouts over seven innings.

Manny Parra and Jumbo Diaz pitched the eighth. Logan Ondrusek allowed Evan Gattis's 20th homer leading off the ninth and Jonathan Broxton gave up Jason Heyward's RBI single before coaxing Justin Upton into grounding into a base-loaded forceout for his seventh save for the Reds, who salvaged a split of the four-game series after dropping the first two games.

The Reds have won back-to-back games for the first time since winning three straight against Cleveland August 5-7. The Braves hadn't lost two straight games since August 11-12 against the Dodgers.

The Reds strung together five hits -- as many as they totalled in their 1-0 win on Saturday -- and scored three runs -- one more than their combined total in their previous three games -- to break up a scoreless tie in the fourth. After Ryan Ludwick came up with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, Brayan Pena and Zack Cozart added RBI singles while sending Aaron Harang to his first loss in four career starts against his former team.

Harang (10-8), who's lost two his last three starts, left with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth. He allowed eight hits and four runs with two walks and five strikeouts.

Cozart cashed in on that opportunity, beating out a potential double-play ball to allow Jay Bruce to score from third for a 4-0 lead.

The Braves avoided a shutout on back-to-back one-out doubles by Gattis and Tommy La Stella in the seventh, but Frazier got that back with a 419-foot solo homer off of David Hale in the bottom of the inning -- Frazier's 22nd of the season.

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