Simon allowed six earned runs on seven hits in five innings. His ERA climbed to 9.11. He regained the major-league lead in earned runs allowed (53).
“It didn’t seem like he really settled in,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “Even in some of the innings when he was able to be competitive, from a command standpoint, he was very erratic.”
Simon could be the odd-man out when Anthony DeSclafani returns to the rotation Friday.
“The reason (Simon) has had so much rope is he was with us for three years and was a terrific performer,” Price said. “He always wanted to pitch. He just hasn’t gotten on a roll. It’s been a battle for him really since the inception of the season.”
The Reds rallied from the early deficit, tying the game at 4-4 in the fourth on a home run by Zack Cozart.
The tie game didn’t last for long. Simon gave up a two-run home to Brandon Moss in the fifth. The blast landed about five rows from the top of the right-field stands, or just short of Kentucky.
The Reds cut the Cardinals’ lead to 6-5 in the fifth with a home run by Tucker Barnhart. Steve Selsky recorded his first big league hit, a double to center, in the same inning.
The Cardinals extended their lead in the seventh and eighth, scoring six runs against relievers Josh Smith and JC Ramirez.