Final in 12

Series: Game 1 of 3

Chicago leads 1-0 (as of 8/2)

Game 1: Friday, August 2
Colorado 4Final
in 12
Chicago 6
Game 2: Saturday, August 3
Colorado 2Final
Chicago 1
Game 3: Sunday, August 4
Colorado 1Final
Chicago 4

Rockies 4

(49-60, 17-40 away)

Cubs 6

(46-61, 25-30 home)

    3:20 PM ET, August 2, 2002

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: J. Borowski (3-4)

    L: V. Santos (0-1)

    Alou makes sure Wood's gem not for nothing

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Moises Alou knows when Kerry Wood is at his best.

    Alou hit a game-winning, two-run homer in the 12th inning and Wood struck out 13 batters as the Chicago Cubs overcame a blown lead in the ninth to beat the Colorado Rockies 6-4 Friday.

    "That's the Kerry Wood that I hated to face when I was in Houston,'' Alou said.

    Alou was a member of the Astros team that struck out 20 times against Wood on May 6, 1998.

    Wood went seven innings but was denied the victory when Jack Cust hit first career homer to tie it in the ninth against Antonio Alfonseca.

    Cubs interim manager Bruce Kimm is not thinking about moving Alfonseca out of the closer's role.

    "Not yet, this guy has done it before,'' Kimm said.

    Wood wasn't upset that the bullpen cost him a win.

    "It's part of the game, those things are going to happen,'' Wood said.

    Sammy Sosa drew a leadoff walk in the 12th, and Alou hit the next pitch from Victor Santos (0-1) over the wall in left field to win it.

    "I didn't try to do too much, sometimes you try to get overaggressive and you overswing,'' Alou said.

    The Rockies have lost nine of 10.

    Joe Borowski (3-4) pitched the 12th for the win.

    Sosa hit his NL-leading 33rd homer and Angel Echevarria also hit a solo shot in the seventh inning against Mike Hampton to give the Cubs a 4-2 lead.

    But Alfonseca walked Todd Zeile to start the ninth, and Cust followed with a homer in his fifth career at-bat. Cust was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs before the game.

    "He just left it up a little bit,'' Cust said. "I just wanted to put the ball in play.''

    Wood allowed one run, two hits and two walks in the first, then retired 17 of his next 18 batters. He reached double digits in strikeouts for the fourth time this season, giving up two runs, four hits and two walks in seven innings.

    "We were confused by the strike zone all game,'' Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.

    Hampton, 5-13, nearly set a career high for losses. The left-hander, winless since July 5 against San Diego, allowed four runs and 10 hits in seven innings.

    Larry Walker's RBI single put Colorado ahead in the first, but Chicago took a 2-1 lead in the bottom half on run-scoring singles by Alou and Chris Stynes.

    Juan Uribe's homer tied it in the seventh.

    Game notes


    Cubs RHP Jon Lieber was placed on the 15-day disabled list and RHP Francis Beltran was recalled from Double-A West Tennessee. ... Walker was selected NL player of the month for July, when he hit .438 with five homers and 17 RBIs. ... The Rockies optioned C Ben Petrick back to Triple-A to make room for Cust.

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