Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/5)

Game 1: Friday, July 4
St. Louis11Final
Chi Cubs8
Game 2: Saturday, July 5
St. Louis5Final
Chi Cubs6
Game 3: Sunday, July 6
St. Louis4Final
Chi Cubs1

Cardinals 5

(45-41, 19-23 away)

Cubs 6

(44-42, 21-20 home)

    1:15 PM ET, July 5, 2003

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    STL 140000000 5 9 0
    CHC 010120101 6 12 0

    W: M. Remlinger (5-2)

    L: J. Fassero (1-4)

    Cubs rally from five down, close on division leaders

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Alex Gonzalez's infield single with the bases loaded in the ninth inning gave the Chicago Cubs a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.

    Sammy Sosa and Moises Alou homered for the Cubs, who pulled within one game of the NL Central-leading Cardinals.

    St. Louis' Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds connected for the second day in a row at Wrigley Field.

    With one out, Gonzalez hit a slow grounder past a diving Scott Rolen that just snuck by the third baseman. Shortstop Edgar Renteria failed to field the ball cleanly and didn't attempt a throw as Corey Patterson raced home and was mobbed by teammates.

    It was the first time since May 25, 2000, that the Cubs rallied from a 5-0 deficit to win. For Gonzalez, it was the ninth time he's won a game for the Cubs in his last at-bat.

    Patterson, a last-minute scratch from the lineup because of an illness, led off the ninth with a pinch-hit single that bounced high off the plate. After Tom Goodwin struck out trying to bunt, Patterson went to third on Mark Grudzielanek's double down the left-field line, brining Sosa to the plate.

    Esteban Yan came on to relieve Jeff Fassero (1-4) and struck out Sosa. Yan then intentionally walked Alou -- who had four homers in his last eight at-bats -- to get to Gonzalez.

    The Cubs trailed by five after two innings, but chipped away at the deficit on homers by Sosa and Alou and tied it when reliever Cal Eldred threw consecutive wild pitches in the seventh.

    Trailing 5-4, Goodwin walked to lead off the seventh and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Grudzielanek.

    With one out, Goodwin made it to third easily on a wild pitch by Cal Eldred, then sprinted home when Eldred uncorked a second wild pitch -- barely beating the throw from catcher Mike Matheny.

    Mark Remlinger (5-2), who came on in the eighth, got the win.

    The Cardinals came out slugging, taking a 5-0 lead on a three-run homer Pujols and solo shot by Edmonds, his 27th.

    Edmonds gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead in the first inning, hitting a homer to deep right-center for his second in as many days.

    Pujols then drove the first pitch he saw in the second over the left-field fence and onto Waveland Avenue, capping a four-run inning that gave the Cardinals a 5-0 lead. Matheny, who led off the inning with a single, scored earlier on a single by Edmonds.

    With starter Shawn Estes laboring on a humid afternoon, it seemed likely the Cubs would have to make an early call to their beleaguered bullpen for the second straight game. The Cubs used five relievers Friday in an 11-8 loss to the Cardinals.

    Estes eventually found his rhythm and didn't let the game get out of hand. He allowed just two hits after the second and went six innings, allowing five runs on nine hits while throwing 112 pitches.

    Down 5-0, Alou hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second, and Sosa scored on a grounder by Hee Seop Choi in the fourth to bring the Cubs within three.

    After Goodwin singled to center in the fifth, Sosa connected for his 13th homer of the season to make it 5-4. In his last 23 games, Sosa has seven home runs and 17 RBI.

    Cardinals right-hander Matt Morris lasted just five innings in his first start since he was scratched because of tenderness in his right shoulder. Morris gave up four runs on eight hits, the seventh start in a row he's allowed at least four runs.

    Game notes


    Edmonds' 27 home runs are the most he's ever hit before the All-Star break. ... Eric Karros, who entered 0-for-9 as a pinch-hitter, had a pinch-hit single in the eighth. ... Edmonds has homered in eight of his last 11 games. ... Alou hit three homers Friday.

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