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Reds ruin Greinke's perfect mark in Cincy, split with LA

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CINCINNATI -- 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 afternoon, sending the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and a split of their four-game 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 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. It was good to get the lead for Alfredo.''

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. ''A first-pitch slider at the bottom of the zone, you take your chances. But he's a strong guy and got a homer out of it.''

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.''

The 33-year-old pitcher has been a reliever most of his career, but embraced the chance to start. So far, he hasn't shown any problems making the switch.

''I feel like my arm is only 20 years old,'' Simon 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 with Cincinnati, when he was a reliever. Simon moved into the rotation when Mat Latos tore knee cartilage and had surgery at the start of spring training. Latos is expected to bump left-hander Tony Cingrani from the rotation when he returns from the disabled list this weekend.

The Reds' offense was finally back together during the homestand, with Votto returning from a strained muscle above his left knee that landed him on the disabled list for 23 games. Votto had a double and a single on Thursday, leaving him 4 for 10 in his three games back.

The Dodgers completed a 4-3 trip to Colorado and Cincinnati, two hitter-friendly ballparks. Their pitching was solid, but the offense faded at the end, scoring one run in the last two games. They were limited to eight singles on Thursday, including Kemp's RBI hit in the first inning.

Notes

The Dodgers start a six-game homestand on Friday against Arizona. LHP Clayton Kershaw (5-2) faces Chase Anderson (5-0). ... The Reds play their next six games in Milwaukee and Pittsburgh. Homer Bailey (7-3) faces Matt Garza (4-4) on Friday. ... LA is 39-22 against the Reds since the start of the 2006 season. .... The Dodgers won a challenge in the first inning, when Brandon Phillips initially was called safe at first base. The replay showed he was out. ... SS Hanley Ramirez was out of the lineup for a second consecutive game with a sore throwing shoulder. He got an injection after Wednesday's game. ... Phillips left in the eighth inning with a sore right index finger, hurt on a defensive play earlier in the game. ... Cozart extended his hitting streak to seven games.

 
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Todd Frazier hits a two-run shot off Zack Greinke, who enters boasting a 4-0 record at Great American Ball Park. (USATSI)
Todd Frazier hits a two-run shot off Zack Greinke, who enters boasting a 4-0 record at Great American Ball Park. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

Z. Greinke
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 1
K 3
Cincinnati

T. Frazier
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, 2B4000001 .280
Justin Turner, 3B3120000 .285
Yasiel Puig, RF4010002 .328
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000014 .246
Matt Kemp, LF3021100 .254
Andre Ethier, CF4010013 .258
Tim Federowicz, C4010012 .131
Miguel Rojas, SS4010014 .300
Zack Greinke, P2000021 .185
   a-Scott Van Slyke, PH1000012 .267
   J.P. Howell, P0000000 .000
   Brandon League, P0000000 .000
   b-Jamie Romak, PH1000012 .083
Totals3418118  
a-struck out for Greinke in the 7th
b-struck out for League in the 9th
Batting
RBI - Matt Kemp (19)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Kemp (7)
CS - Yasiel Puig (5, 2nd base by Simon/Mesoraco)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Gordon-Rojas-Gonzalez
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Greinke (L,8-3) 6422131 2.65
J.P. Howell 1000010 1.52
Brandon League 1322100 2.38
IBB - Votto by Brandon League
WP - Brandon League (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 72-49, J.P. Howell 17-10, Brandon League 23-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 11-3, J.P. Howell 1-1, Brandon League 3-0
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 22, J.P. Howell 3, Brandon League 7
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Skip Schumaker, LF4220000 .222
   Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
Todd Frazier, 3B3112101 .272
Joey Votto, 1B3020101 .267
Brandon Phillips, 2B3000002 .270
   a-Ryan Ludwick, PH1011000 .253
   Ramon Santiago, PR-2B0000000 .209
Jay Bruce, RF4000003 .212
Devin Mesoraco, C3000021 .303
Roger Bernadina, CF-LF3000010 .158
Zack Cozart, SS3110000 .225
Alfredo Simon, P2000010 .080
   b-Billy Hamilton, PH-CF0000000 .252
Totals2947324  
a-singled for B. Phillips in the 8th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Simon in the 8th
Batting
2B - Skip Schumaker (4, League), Joey Votto (10, Greinke), Zack Cozart (11, League)
HR - Todd Frazier (14, Greinke)
SH - Billy Hamilton (4)
RBI - Todd Frazier 2 (34), Ryan Ludwick (20)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Ludwick (11)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Mesoraco-Cozart
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alfredo Simon (W,9-3) 8711050 2.95
Aroldis Chapman (S,10) 1100130 1.20
HBP - Turner (by Alfredo Simon)
Pitches-Strikes - Alfredo Simon 104-68, Aroldis Chapman 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alfredo Simon 13-5
Batters Faced - Alfredo Simon 31, Aroldis Chapman 5
Game Information
Attendance - 33557
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Manny Gonzalez, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Seth Buckminster