Xuri Zhao fired the leaders in front on eight minutes before Xu Yang levelled after 28, but Lucas Barrios' strike in the 64th minute ensured victory for the visitors.
Third-placed Beijing Guoan fell off the pace of the leaders as they went down to a 2-0 defeat at home to Hangzhou Greentown, Marcelino (13) and Renatinho (81) with the goals.
Peter Utaka hit a hat-trick as Dalian Aerbin ran out 5-2 winners against Shandong Luneng.
Utaka netted on the stroke of the break and twice in the second half, while Yu Dabao (22) and Fabio Rochemback (76) also found the target.
Wang Yongpo (62pen) and Du Wei (68) replied for Shandong.