The Reds, powered by a strong start from Anthony Descalfani, snapped a three-game losing streak Tuesday night defeating the Chicago Cubs, 3-2.
Descalfani went seven scoreless innings, giving up only two hits with five strikeouts.
The Reds scored all three runs in the fourth inning. Billy Hamilton led off with a single and promptly stole second. Joey Votto scored Hamilton on a RBI single. Later in the inning, three-straight singles by Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce and Marlon Byrd added two more runs, giving Cincinnati a 3-0 lead.
The Reds did not get out of the inning unscathed. Cubs Shortstop Starlin Castro's knee went into the back of Phillips' head as he was sliding into third. Phillips stayed in the game, but was eventually pulled for what the Reds called light-headedness.
After the game, Manager Bryan Price said Phillips passed concussion protocol.
The game stayed 3-0 until the 8th inning. Kevin Gregg surrendered a lead-off walk. The next batter, Wellington Castillo, sent a homer over the centerfield fence. The combination of Gregg and Tony Cingrani were able to escape the inning without any damage.
Aroldis Chapman closed the door in the ninth for his third save of the year.
"At the end of the day you've got to win the game. It was a little more dramatic than we would have liked, but we need to stockpile wins," said Price.
The Reds improved to 5-3 on the season and look to win the series against Chicago Wednesday night at 8:05 p.m.