Simon, Mesoraco lead Reds over Phillies

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 16, 2014 at 9:45 pm •  Published: May 16, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Alfredo Simon invented new pitches to baffle hitters.

Simon allowed five hits over 7 2-3 strong innings, Devin Mesoraco hit a three-run homer and the Cincinnati Reds beat the struggling Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 on Friday night.

Simon (5-2) had a season-high eight strikeouts, walked one and hit one batter. Manny Parra got one out in the eighth and Aroldis Chapman struck out pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez on a 102 mph fastball with runners on second and third for his second save in two tries.

Simon mixed a strong fastball with a slider and assorted off-speed pitches to keep the Phillies off-balance.

"I was trying to have fun out there," Simon said.

A couple of pitches were clocked in the low 70s.

"I don't know what he was throwing half the time," Mesoraco said. "I was just catching it and throwing it back."

The Phillies haven't scored a run in the last 20 innings and were shut out for the fifth time this season. They have lost four straight and eight of 10 to fall a season-worst five games under .500 at 17-22.

Kyle Kendrick (0-4) lost his ninth straight decision, dating to last Aug. 11. He allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings.

Kendrick hasn't had much help from the offense, however. The Phillies have been shut out five times in those 15 starts and have scored one run or less eight times.

"Main thing is I want the team to win," Kendrick said. "Just have to go out there, take care of my job and give my team a chance to win."

The Reds didn't have slugger Joey Votto because of a left distal quadriceps strain. The 2010 NL MVP remained in Cincinnati.

With Jay Bruce on the disabled list, it was the first time the Reds didn't have Votto and Bruce in their lineup since Sept. 20, 2012, at the Cubs.

Mesoraco provided all the support they would need. He ripped a three-run shot in his first at-bat since returning from his second trip to the disabled list.

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