Alfredo Simon added another line to his starting pitcher resume: The ability to get by on a night when you don't have your best stuff.

Simon struggled with his command Wednesday, but he still managed to go 6 2/3 innings and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 before a crowd of 16,705 at chilly PNC Park. Simon, 3-1 with a 1.30 ERA, allowed four hits, walked five and struck out three.

The five walks were one more than he had total in his first three starts of the season.

"Great win," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Both pitching staffs held offenses down as far as multiple-hit innings. We were able to scratch out some runs. The big thing was Alfredo Simon. He had that tough first inning. But he found his command and found a way to keep himself in there. It was pretty impressive."

The Reds have won six of eight. They have a chance to win the four-game series with the Pirates by winning Thursday's 12:35 p.m. game.

Simon didn't have his usual good control from the start. He walked three, including one to force in a run.

"The cold weather," he said. "I really didn't feel the ball very well. I got out of that inning. I focused on keeping the ball down and put it in play."

Simon is only in the rotation because of Mat Latos' injuries. He is not surprised by his success.