The Reds needed a win in the worst way Sunday. It meant avoiding a sweep at the hands of the New York Mets, who came into the series 0-3. It meant avoiding going to St. Louis on a four-game losing streak.

The Reds got the much-needed win, a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets before a crowd of 26,928 at Citi Field.

"It makes for a much better flight to St. Louis," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "We've been in every single game. Unfortunately, we went into today 1-4. . . What was nice is we came out of here with a victory. It was a well-pitched game. We didn't tax our bullpen a great deal. That makes a big difference going into our next series."

The victory came thanks largely to a great start by Alfredo Simon. Simon, the 32-year-old right-hander, was making his first start as a Red. He's in the rotation because Mat Latos is on the disabled list.

Simon pitched like Latos. He went seven innings and allowed one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out six. He also singled and scored a run. Manny Parra pitched the eighth and ninth for the save for his first save as a professional.