Mike Moustakas hit a two-run single as Cincinnati scored five times in the fourth inning on just one hit, and the Reds took advantage of wild Chicago White Sox pitching for a 7-3 win Sunday.
Aristides Aquino hit a two-run homer as the surging Reds stayed in contention for a playoff spot, taking two out of three from the the AL Central leaders for their seventh win in eight games.
Cincinnati broke away by turning six walks, a hit batter and Moustakas' single into a big inning. The playoff-bound White Sox issued a season-high 11 walks and hit three batters overall.
Chicago starter Dylan Cease (5-3) was pulled after walking the bases loaded with no outs in the fourth. At that point, he hadn't allowed a run or hit, but had walked a career-worst seven and struck out five.
Two runs scored on infield outs and another came home on a bases-loaded walk before the left-handed hitting Moustakas singled off lefty reliever Ross Detwiler for Cincinnati's first hit.
The White Sox scored on back-to-back RBI singles by Nick Madrigal and Jose Abreu in the fifth.
Aquino answered with an upper-deck drive to left. He celebrated his second homer with his trademark right arm flex as he rounded third.
Reds starter Michael Lorenzen struck out a career-high eight in 4 2-3 innings. He allowed two runs on two hits and two walks.
Lucas Sims (3-0) pitched 2 1-3 innings to get the win. He struck out the top three batters in Chicago's lineup, including Abreu in an 11-pitch at bat to end the seventh, after walking the first two batters.
Former Reds star Edwin Encarnacion lined an opposite-field homer into the right field seats for his 10th homer of the season in the eighth.
Joey Votto's three walks boosted him past Pete Rose for the franchise career walks record with 1,211.
Tim Anderson left the game with cramping in his left hamstring one pitch into his seventh inning at-bat.
Dane Dunning (2-0) makes his first career appearance against Cleveland on Monday.