CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 4: Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds catches a fly ball hit by Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers during the sixth inning at Great American Ball Park on July 4, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Milwaukee 4-2. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
Final: Reds 4 Brewers 2 Boxscore
Alfredo Simon won his 11th game, while Billy Hamilton and Skip Schumaker supplied the needed bats and gloves as the Reds moved as close to first place as they have been since May 24, with a 4-2 win over the Brewers Friday night.
*Simon: 7.1 innings, 6 H, 2 R, tying Adam Wainright/Zack Grienke for NL lead in wins, and dropped ERA to 2.78. Reds have won Simon's last 7 starts.
*Reds 6 back of Brewers, closest since 5.5 back, 38 games ago.
*Reds end 3-game skid....move to 28-22 vs teams .500 or better.
*Simon danced around early trouble, allowed 2 hits and 2 walks in first 3 innings.
*Simon for season:
26 ER in 52.2 innings in innings 1 through 4 (4.16)
7 ER in 43.1 innings in innings 4-8, (1.46)
*Simon's 15 QS in 17 starts, 2nd in MLB to 16 Cueto, Tanaka, Felix H and Teheran.
*Simon at 110 innings after 87.2 last year.
*Reds lead season series over Brewers 6-2, outscoring 43-24.
*Brewers have lost 4 games in a row.
*Reds had scored 2 runs in previous 27 innings entering Friday.
*Billy Hamilton HR #5...his career high is 6 (2013 Louisville)....HR year: 0,2,3,3,6,5.
*Hamilton crashed into wall to make catch in 6th.
*Skip Schumaker 3 hits, SB, big catch in 8th.
*Bullpen: Broxton .2, ERA drops to 0.67. Chapman 1-2-3 9th, save 17.
*Kyle Lohse struck out the side in 1st inning for Brewers.
*Joey Votto hobbled and wobbled his way to 1 for 4, 2B, RBI, K.
*Jay Bruce 0 for last 20 over last 5 games, following 9 game hit streak: 16 for 35, .457.
*2 hits Todd Frazier.
*5th sellout of year: 42,120.....Reds 53-48 in sellouts at GABP.
*Both teams threw 118 pitches.
B3: Billy Hamilton 2-run HR, #5, 2-0 Reds.
B4: Mesoraco 2B and Frazier RBI 2B, 3-0 Reds.
B5: Votto RBI 2B, 4-0 Reds.
T7: Segura RBI 1B, 4-1 Reds.
T8: Lucroy HR, 4-2 Reds.