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Reds rout Pirates; Simon first 10-game winner in NL

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PITTSBURGH -- Bryan Price put his faith in Alfredo Simon at the start of the season. The Cincinnati Reds manager has been rewarded -- and then some.

Simon became the NL's first 10-game winner and Billy Hamilton had three hits and three RBI in the Reds' 11-4 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.

Simon (10-3) allowed three runs on five hits and three walks in 6⅓ innings to break a tie with the Dodgers' Zack Greinke and Cardinals' Adam Wainwright for the NL lead in victories.

Simon went to spring training as a relief pitcher and moved into the starting rotation when Mat Latos was recovering from elbow and knee surgeries.

"I had a lot of confidence that he would do well as a starter and give us a consistent effort, but I don't think anyone expects to take a pitcher out of the bullpen, put him in the rotation, and see him have 10 wins in the middle of June," Price said. "He's obviously done a great job."

Simon started 16 games with the Baltimore Orioles in 2011, but all 99 of his appearances with the Reds in 2012-13 were in relief.

"It feels really good to have 10 wins, but I have confidence in myself," Simon said. "I felt I could do a really good job and win a lot of games as a starter. I'm thankful for the opportunity and am trying to make the most of it."

Brandon Phillips, Skip Schumaker and Zack Cozart each had two of the Reds' 14 hits in the game, which was delayed 1 hour, 15 minutes by rain in the bottom of the seventh inning. Schumaker also had three RBI in helping Cincinnati win for the sixth time in seven games.

Pittsburgh's Gregory Polanco went 2 for 4 and became the second player in Pirates' history -- joining Spencer Adams (1923) -- to have a hit in each of his first eight major-league games.

Edinson Volquez (4-6) was tagged for eight runs in 2⅔ innings after going 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in his previous five starts.

"The game got away from us tonight and we weren't able to recover," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

Pirates reserve outfielder Travis Snider pitched the ninth inning in his first major league appearance on the mound. He allowed two runs, but struck out 2010 NL MVP Joey Votto on a 2-2 changeup to end the inning.

Andrew McCutchen had his 12-game hitting streak end as he went 0 for 3 before being pulled after six innings with Pittsburgh trailing 9-1. Starling Marte had two hits while running his hitting streak to nine games.

The Reds broke open the game in the third inning, sending 12 men to the plate.

Phillips doubled in the first run and another scored on a wild pitch by Volquez before Schumaker and Cozart hit consecutive RBI singles to make it 5-0.

The Reds' next run came on a disputed call and resulted in Hurdle's ejection. Simon hit a nubber to the left of the mound with the bases loaded that right-hander Stolmy Pimentel, who had just relieved Volquez, made a diving play on and then flipped the ball to catcher Russell Martin at home plate for an apparent force out on Devin Mesoraco.

Mesoraco, however, was ruled safe following a 3-minute, 33-second video review in which it was determined that Martin had illegally blocked home plate.

"I really don't know what else [Martin] could have done there because you have to put your foot on the plate when there's a force play," said Mesoraco, the Reds' catcher. "There wasn't any intent on his part to do something not in the rules."

Hamilton followed with a two-run single that capped the inning.

Notes

Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole threw a 60-pitch simulated game Wednesday the first time he faced batters since going on the 15-day disabled list June 4 with right shoulder fatigue. ... Cincinnati RF Ryan Ludwick was rested despite going 7 for 12 in the previous three games. He was replaced by Schumaker. ... Reds RHP Homer Bailey (7-3, 4.68) faces LHP Jeff Locke (0-1, 3.96) in the finale of the three-gamer series on Thursday.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

G. Polanco
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Cincinnati

B. Hamilton
AB 6
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Billy Hamilton, CF6033010 .278
Todd Frazier, 3B6111024 .273
Joey Votto, 1B4110223 .274
Brandon Phillips, 2B5121002 .281
Jay Bruce, RF4210112 .215
Devin Mesoraco, C3210112 .306
Skip Schumaker, LF4123010 .232
Zack Cozart, SS4221112 .232
Alfredo Simon, P4011012 .103
   J.J. Hoover, P0100100 .000
Totals40111410610  
Batting
2B - Billy Hamilton (10, Snider), Brandon Phillips (18, Volquez), Devin Mesoraco (9, Pimentel)
SF - Skip Schumaker (1)
RBI - Billy Hamilton 3 (21), Todd Frazier (41), Brandon Phillips (30), Skip Schumaker 3 (11), Zack Cozart (17), Alfredo Simon (1)
2-OUT RBI - Skip Schumaker (2)
Team LOB - 10
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alfredo Simon (W,10-3) 6.1533350 3.05
J.J. Hoover 2.2211110 5.23
IBB - Mercer by Alfredo Simon
HBP - Martin (by Alfredo Simon)
Pitches-Strikes - Alfredo Simon 110-69, J.J. Hoover 40-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alfredo Simon 8-6, J.J. Hoover 3-4
Batters Faced - Alfredo Simon 29, J.J. Hoover 11
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregory Polanco, RF4121100 .385
Starling Marte, LF-CF4011101 .264
Andrew McCutchen, CF3000013 .321
   Jose Tabata, LF1012000 .299
Ike Davis, 1B4000112 .240
Russell Martin, C3000012 .272
Josh Harrison, 2B-3B4010001 .317
Pedro Alvarez, 3B3110012 .233
   Jeanmar Gomez, P00000001.000
   a-Travis Snider, PH-P1000000 .228
Jordy Mercer, SS3110101 .231
Edinson Volquez, P1000012 .050
   Stolmy Pimentel, P1000011 .000
   Clint Barmes, 2B1100000 .227
Totals3347446  
a-grounded out for Gomez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Gregory Polanco (1, Hoover), Pedro Alvarez (7, Simon)
SF - Jose Tabata (2)
RBI - Gregory Polanco (6), Starling Marte (25), Jose Tabata 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Gregory Polanco (2), Jose Tabata (5)
SB - Starling Marte (17, 2nd base off Simon/Mesoraco), Josh Harrison (4, 2nd base off Simon/Mesoraco)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Gregory Polanco (1, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edinson Volquez (L,4-6) 2.1688320 4.67
Stolmy Pimentel 4.1611150 4.67
Jeanmar Gomez 1.1100020 3.49
Travis Snider 1122210 18.00
WP - Edinson Volquez 2 (9)
HBP - Mesoraco (by Edinson Volquez)
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 64-35, Stolmy Pimentel 78-53, Jeanmar Gomez 17-13, Travis Snider 19-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 1-4, Stolmy Pimentel 4-4, Travis Snider 2-0
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 17, Stolmy Pimentel 20, Jeanmar Gomez 5, Travis Snider 6
Game Information
Attendance - 23329
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Adam Hamari