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Role reversal works fine for Reds

– Alfredo Simon making his first start in more than two years. Manny Parra stepping into the closer’s spot.

Simon pitched seven impressive innings and began the go-ahead rally with his second career hit and Parra got the final six outs for his first career save, helping the Reds beat the Mets 2-1 Sunday to salvage a win in the three-game series.

Simon (1-0) made 99 relief appearances for the Reds since his previous start, on Sept. 28, 2011, for Baltimore.

PIRATES 2, CARDINALS 1: In Pittsburgh, Tony Sanchez hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the seventh inning.

PADRES 4, MARLINS 2: In Miami, pinch-hitter Alexi Amarista celebrated his 25th birthday by delivering a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning.

NATIONALS 2, BRAVES 1: In Washington, Ian Desmond led off the seventh inning with a home run and Washington avoided a sweep.

DIAMONDBACKS 5, ROCKIES 3: In Denver, Mark Trumbo homered for the fourth straight game, and Arizona averted a sweep.

DODGERS 6, GIANTS 2: In Los Angeles, Matt Kemp hit his first two home runs at Dodger Stadium since 2012 and Hanley Ramirez hit his first two homers this season.


WHITE SOX 5, ROYALS 1: In Kansas City, Mo., Chris Sale gave up four singles in eight scoreless innings as Chicago won the series finale.

TWINS 10, INDIANS 7: In Cleveland, Chris Colabello drove in four runs and Brian Dozier scored three times for Minnesota.

ASTROS 7, ANGELS 4: In Houston, Scott Feldman threw seven strong innings, five Astros homered, and Houston snapped a three-game losing streak.

RANGERS 3, RAYS 0: In St. Petersburg, Fla., Yu Darvish allowed seven hits over seven innings in his season debut, Elvis Andrus hit a two-run homer and Texas avoided a three-game sweep.

YANKEES 6, BLUE JAYS 4: In Toronto, CC Sabathia pitched six innings for his first victory and Brett Gardner hit a two-run home run.

ATHLETICS 6, MARINERS 3: In Oakland, Calif., reigning AL saves leader Jim Johnson struck out two and closed it out this time after losing back-to-back outings to begin with his new team.


BREWERS 7, RED SOX 6, 11 inn.: In Boston, Khris Davis doubled in the 11th inning for his fourth hit of the game and scored on Logan Schafer’s double to lift Milwaukee.