CINCINNATI -- Right fielder Jay Bruce and third baseman Todd Frazier homered to revive Cincinnati's slumping offense, lifting the Reds to a 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on a sun-splashed Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.
Cincinnati (28-32) snapped its three-game losing streak and a 17-inning scoreless streak.
Philadelphia (25-35) hit three home runs, including two-run shots by shortstop Jimmy Rollins and right fielder Marlon Byrd and a solo blast by catcher Carlos Ruiz.
Simon (8-3) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings, retiring nine straight in one stretch.
Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 14th save of the season.
With the Reds leading 6-3 in the sixth, Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown doubled, but Byrd was thrown out at home by second baseman Brandon Phillips, who relayed a throw from center fielder Billy Hamilton for the final out of the inning.
Crew chief Tom Hallion called for a review to determine whether catcher Devin Mesoraco had blocked the plate in violation of Rule 7.13. After a two-minute, 21-second review, Byrd was ruled out. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg was ejected for the first time in his career when he exited the dugout to discuss the ruling and didn't immediately retreat as requested by Hallion.
In the seventh, Mesoraco again took a throw from Phillips, this time up the line, and made a swipe tag to retire Ruiz attempting to score the tying run on second baseman Chase Utley's double.
Byrd's two-run homer, his ninth home run of the season, put the Phillies ahead 2-1 in the second inning. The lead was short-lived when Frazier tied the score 2-2 with a 416-foot solo blast to center, his 13th of the season.
Shortstop Zack Cozart doubled home Frazier, who had singled and then stole second, putting the Reds ahead 3-2 in the fourth. Cozart later scored the fourth run on Hamilton's sacrifice fly.
Phillies starter Roberto Hernandez (2-4) exited after four innings, having allowed four earned runs with three walks and two strikeouts.
Bruce's two-run homer in the fifth, his 100th home run at Great American Ball Park, came off reliever Ethan Martin and made the score 6-2.
NOTES: Reds 1B Joey Votto, on the disabled list since May 21 with a quadriceps strain in his left knee, will begin a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Sunday and play five or six innings. "We'll see how he comes through it, then re-evaluate," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "We need to test the knee and the quad in a game environment and see how he holds up." ... According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Phillies LHP Cole Hamels is one of two pitchers in the past 40 years (Pedro Martinez vs. Seattle) to have at least nine wins, no losses and an ERA below 2.00 in his first 12 starts against one opponent. On Friday, Hamels improved to 9-0 with a 1.51 ERA in 12 career starts against the Reds. ... Price remains even-keeled despite a frustrating season thus far in Cincinnati. "I try to provide emotional consistency," he said. "There's a palpable frustration that we all share. The thing that gets frustrating is to play so well ... then come back and look almost lifeless. We get behind and it takes our spirit away. That can't happen."