Reds keep pace in playoff race with series victory vs. White Sox

Five-run fourth inning enough to win deciding game in three-game series

Credit: David Jablonski

Credit: David Jablonski

The Cincinnati Reds recorded their most important series victory against the Chicago White Sox in 101 years.

By beating the White Sox 7-3 on Sunday at Great American Ball Park, the Reds won two of three games against the best team in the American League and remained in contention for a postseason berth with six games to play.

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The Reds improved to 8-18 all time in interleague play against the White Sox. That record doesn’t include the games the teams played in the 1919 World Series. The Reds won that best-of-nine series 5-3, though it later emerged several members of the White Sox had conspired with gamblers to throw the series.

The Reds (27-27) began the day in position to get the No. 8 seed in the playoffs. The Cardinals led the Reds by one game through Saturday, and the Reds were tied with the Milwaukee Brewers (25-26) for third place but had a percentage point lead.

After failing to capitalize on four walks and a hit batter in the second and third innings, the Reds took a 3-0 lead in the fourth thanks to six walks and two fielder’s choice groundouts by Tucker Barnhart and Aristides Aquino.

Mike Moustakas then followed with a two-run single, the first hit of the game for the Reds.

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White Sox starter Dylan Cease walked seven batters in six innings. Reliever Ross Detwiler walked three in 1 1/3 innings.

Reds starter Michael Lorenzen delivered his second strong start in a row. He struck out eight and gave up two runs three hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Lorenzen left with runners at first and third and two outs in the fifth. The two runs scored with reliever Lucas Sims on the mound.

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