Homer Bailey allowed just one run on three hits in eight innings of work and the Reds bats came alive on Sunday in Milwaukee to win 9-1.
Bailey (8-10) has now won his last three decisions, but pitched beyond the seventh inning for the first time since July 31 in San Diego. The three hits were also the fewest he's allowed since his no-hitter on July 2.
After being shutout by Yovani Gallardo on Saturday, the Reds (70-54) jumped all over Wily Peralta (8-13), who pitched a three-hit complete game shutout in his last outing against the Reds.
It started in the second inning with four straight singles by Jay Bruce, Chris Heisey, Jack Hannahan, and Ryan Hanigan to give the Reds a 2-0 lead. With the bases loaded, Hannahan came in to score on a passed ball. Brandon Phillips capped the inning with a two run single to make it 5-0.
That score held until Chris Heisey singled home Phillips in the fifth inning to finally chase Peralta. Tyler Thornberg didn't fare much better as Hanigan drove in his third run of the game to extend the lead to 7-0. Thornberg then walked Cesar Izturis with the bases loaded and walked in another run with Joey Votto at the plate for a 9-0 lead.
Khris Davis gave Bailey the only blemish on his outing to give the Brewers (54-70) their lone run of the day in the bottom of the fifth.
The Reds were also the beneficiaries of a rough week for the first place Pirates (72-51) who have lost seven of nine. Cincinnati is now 2.5 games out of first and 1.5 behind the Cardinals (71-52) for second.
Cincinnati returns home for the week as they will square off against the Arizona Diamondbacks (64-58) for four games and then Milwaukee again for three. The Diamondbacks are coming off a series victory in Pittsburgh including a 15-5 drubbing on Saturday. Randall Delgado (4-3) will face Bronson Arroyo (11-9) in the series opener on Monday.