Alfredo Simon picked up his first win since July 9th and Todd Frazier homered as the Reds (63-68) beat the Braves 5-3 on Sunday to split the four-game series.
Simon's 13th win of the season was his first winning performance in his last eight starts and first since the All-Star break. He allowed one earned run, five hits and struck out six in seven strong innings.
"You have to be strong in your mind and keep doing what you're doing," said Simon. "Today I felt great and all of my pitching was really good."
Zack Cozart drove in two runs and went 3-for-4 in a huge day at the plate, but it was Frazier's 22nd home run of the season in the seventh that gave the Reds a commanding 5-1 lead.
"It was a great win for [Simon]. He's been pitching well," said Fraizer. "Let's take it a day at a time. Let's keep winning and focus on the task at hand."
The Braves created some drama in the ninth after Logan Ondrusek gave up two earned runs on two hits to make it 5-3. A call to the bullpen brought Jonathan Broxton in the game who would then load the bases. With Atlanta threatening, Broxton forced Justin Upton to ground into a fielder's choice to end the game and earn his seventh save.
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