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
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
"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
Joe Borowski (2-2) retired the final four St. Louis batters for
"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
"I'd rather talk to Dusty about it personally," he said.
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.
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.
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).
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