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Simon struggles again, Reds lose to Marlins 4-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 9, 2014 at 10:34 pm •  Published: August 9, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) — Alfredo Simon hasn't won since his first All-Star selection. The rest of the Cincinnati Reds aren't doing all that much better.

Brad Penny rejoined the Marlins for the first time in 10 years and pitched five solid innings to get a notable win Saturday night, 4-3 over Simon and the slumping Reds.

Cincinnati is 8-14 since the All-Star break, leaving the Reds stranded in fourth place in the NL Central. Simon went into the break with a 12-3 mark, but is 0-4 with a no-decision since then. Four times, he's gone five innings or less.

On Saturday, he allowed two runs and matched his season high with five walks in five innings.

"He got to two strikes on a handful of guys, but he would leave the ball up," manager Bryan Price said. "He's not executing like he was. His arm is behind him and he's getting balls up."

The offense wasn't much help again.

Penny (1-0) was called up before the game to make his first appearance in the majors since 2012. The 36-year-old helped the Marlins win the World Series in 2003 and played one more season in Miami before moving on.

Penny gave up Jay Bruce's solo homer and an unearned run in five innings, fanning three while throwing 95 pitches.

"We were surprised to hear that (Penny was starting) when we got in today," Bruce said. "Other than minus 2 miles per hour, he was pretty much the same guy. He didn't throw quite as hard, but he had the same style. You are who you are when it comes to that kind of stuff."

Bryan Morris gave up two hits and a run in the eighth. Steve Cishek pitched the ninth for his 29th save in 32 chances.

Chris Heisey singled to open the ninth but got caught off first base and was out in a rundown.

"A mistake," Price said. "That's all it was. Nobody feels worse than him."

Christian Yelich had two hits, scored a run, and drove in two with a groundout and a sacrifice fly off reliever Sam LeCure (1-4). Giancarlo Stanton also had a sacrifice fly, and Donovan Solano doubled home the final run.

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