Mike Moustakas hit a two-run single while Cincinnati scored five times in the fourth inning with one hit, and the Reds took advantage of the Chicago White Sox’s wild pitch for a 7-3 win on Sunday.
Aristides Aquino scored a two-run homer as the growing Reds remained in contention for a place in the playoffs, taking two out of three from the leaders of AL Central for their seventh win in eight games.
“It’s a good result whenever you can take two out of three from a good team,” said Reds manager David Bell.
Cincinnati broke away turning six walks, a hit hitter and Moustakas’ single into one big inning. The White Sox tied to the playoffs have issued a record of 11 walks and three overall hitters.
“Today was very strange,” said Chicago manager Rick Renteria. “Luckily, we didn’t have many of these – just one shot in that particular inning when they scored five runs. In the end we thought we could try to shred a little, get to the bullpen and do something. Frustrating? We are trying to move forward in a positive way. We will throw it in the garbage and move on. “
Chicago holder Dylan Cease (5-3) was withdrawn after walking on loaded bases without eliminations in the fourth. At that point, he hadn’t allowed a run or a hit, but he had run a career worse than seven and knocked out five.
“I was jerking my fastball today,” Cease said. “Having no feeling for my fastball is what it did to me. At the end of the day, the mistakes were all the same, so I need to figure out what my fit is for my tugs.”
Two points scored on court outs and another came home on a base-laden walk before southpaw Moustakas hit left-handed relief Ross Detwiler for Cincinnati’s first shot.
“Every race is so important against any team, but especially this team,” Bell said. “It was a great Moustakas hit.”
The White Sox scored on Nick Madrigal and José Abreu’s back-to-back RBI singles in the fifth.
Aquino responded with a drive to the left from the upper deck. He celebrated his second homer with his signature right arm flex as he turned the third.
Reds owner Michael Lorenzen scored a career eight in 4 2-3 innings. It allowed two runs on two shots and two walks. He was disappointed that he had not responded well to the long bottom of the fourth.
“It looked like it was the longest game in baseball history,” Lorenzen said. “I think I managed pretty well. My goal was to get them out as fast as possible, but I haven’t been able to do that, so I’ll learn from it.”
Lucas Sims (3-0) pitched 2 1-3 innings to take the win. He knocked out the top three batters in the Chicago lineup, including Abreu in an 11-shot at bat to finish seventh, after walking over the top two batters.
“That battle with Abreu was great,” Bell said. “He stayed with it. It was a big hit right there.”
Former Reds star Edwin Encarnacion fielded a homer on the opposite court in the right places for his tenth homer of the season in the eighth.
Joey Votto’s three walks pushed him past Pete Rose for the franchise career walk record with 1,211.
Cincinnati’s Brian Goodwin was sent off by chief referee Mike Estabrook for arguing after being knocked out to finish the fourth. The expulsion was the first of Goodwin’s career.
Abreu’s RBI was their 53rd major league leader in Chicago’s 53 games this season.
White Sox: Tim Anderson left the game with left hamstring cramps a shot in his seventh inning at bat.
Rossi: Freddy Galvis was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs in the second inning. Galvis has been hit by shots six times this season.
White Sox: Rookie RHP Dane Dunning (2-0) makes his first career appearance against Cleveland on Monday.
Rossi: RHP Luis Castillo (3-5) is 3-5 in 10 career starts against Milwaukee, including 1-3 in five debuts over the past two seasons.