Alou's career-high five hits carry Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) -- Moises Alou was angry when he arrived at Wrigley

Field on Wednesday and took it out on the St. Louis Cardinals.

Alou had a career-high five hits, including a go-ahead single in

the eighth inning that capped a comeback from a six-run deficit and

led the Chicago Cubs over the Cardinals 8-7.

"Against St. Louis, right in the middle of a pennant race, for

me to come up clutch and get the game-winning hit was awesome," he

said. "It was a huge game. Down 6-0 this team really showed a lot

of heart."

Before the game, Alou said he was still upset over an umpire's

call that the Cubs felt cost them the second game of Tuesday's

doubleheader. A bases-loaded drive down the line by Alou was called

foul -- even though a photo appeared to show it hit the line -- and

the Cubs lost 2-0.

Alou then went out and drove in four runs to lead the Cubs to a

big win in a tension-filled game that included a shouting match

between managers and the two starting pitchers hitting each other

with pitches.

"That was a great, great victory for us," Cubs manager Dusty

Baker said. "We were hitting the ball hard all day long and had

nothing to show for it. The guy's kept battling and fighting and

grinding and grinding.

"This was the ultimate comeback in a big game and a big

series," Baker added.

Chicago trailed 6-0 before scoring three runs in the sixth, then

allowed a run in the seventh before closing to 7-6 with three more

runs in the bottom half.

Mark Grudzielanek hit an RBI triple in the eighth and scored on

Alou's single. Both hits came off Woody Williams (14-8), making his

first relief appearance since pitching for Toronto at the New York

Yankees on June 6, 1996.

"We had nobody else available," St. Louis manager Tony La

Russa said. "It was his day to throw in the bullpen. It's a shame

that he had to go in that tough of a situation."

Williams, who started in Monday's loss to the Cubs, said he's

always ready to help out.

"I had a chance to do some good for the team and it didn't

happen," he said.

Chicago is one game behind NL Central-leading Houston, which

beat Los Angeles late Wednesday night, and a half-game behind the

second-place Cardinals.

Joe Borowski (2-2) retired the final four St. Louis batters for

the win.

"When we got those three runs back in the bottom of the sixth

there was just a feeling. I was sitting in the (dugout) saying

there's no way we're losing this game," said Chicago starter Matt

Clement, lifted in the sixth inning after giving up four runs. "As

the runs scored and the momentum built, the crowd got louder and

everybody was so excited."

Baker and La Russa got into a shouting match in the third inning

after Clement was hit by Dan Haren -- who had been hit by Clement

the previous inning. On Tuesday night Chicago's Kerry Wood twice

knocked down Cardinals pitcher Matt Morris but didn't hit him.

Plate umpire Mike Reilly issued a warning to both benches after

Clement was hit Wednesday. La Russa came out of the dugout and had

a discussion with Reilly, and Baker did the same after La Russa


Baker then began pointing and gesturing toward La Russa. Reilly

escorted Baker back to his dugout, where he and others continued to

scream and point at La Russa -- who responded by screaming back.

Baker said he was upset by comments La Russa made to reporters

Tuesday night implying he would retaliate if he thought his

pitchers were targeted. La Russa didn't want to talk about it after

Wednesday's game.

"I'd rather talk to Dusty about it personally," he said.

St. Louis built its lead on Tino Martinez's two-run single in

the first and J.D. Drew's grand slam in the sixth.

Drew played his first game since a stint on the disabled list

with a muscle strain in his side and was a late addition to the

lineup, subbing for an injured Jim Edmonds. He singled, doubled and

hit the grand slam off reliever Felix Sanchez in the sixth inning.

Alou began the comeback with an RBI single in the sixth, and

Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run homer off Jeff Fassero.

Edgar Renteria made it 7-3 with an RBI single in the seventh off

Antonio Alfonseca. Alou hit a two-run homer in the bottom half off

Russ Springer, and Alex Gonzalez followed three batters later with

a solo shot.Game notes
Edmonds pinch hit with two outs in the ninth and struck

out. ... Pujols is 2-for-15 in the five-game series, which ends

Thursday. ... With a run-scoring single in the seventh, Renteria

tied the team record for RBI by a shortstop (82), a mark he shares

with Doc Lavan (1921).