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Expos edge Cubs in 12 innings

CHICAGO (AP) -- Matt Clement left early with an injury, and it
signaled the start of a long, frustrating night for the Chicago
Cubs.

After losing Clement in the third inning to muscle discomfort in
his neck and right shoulder area, the Cubs ran through seven more
pitchers before losing to Montreal Expos 7-6 in 12 innings Tuesday
night.

"It was a tough loss tonight, but we're still in first place in
the wild card," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said after stranding 16
runners and losing the four-hour game on a chilly and blustery
night at Wrigley Field.

Brian Schneider hit a go-ahead single in the 12th, and Jamey
Carroll added a sacrifice fly for Montreal.

Chicago is a half-game ahead of San Francisco and Houston in the
NL wild-card race.

"Obviously with the wind blowing in, we were fortunate,"
Schneider said. "They're not going to change their game, they're a
power-hitting team. Just because of the wind, you can't change your
swing."

Corey Patterson homered twice to right for the Cubs, including a
solo shot in the bottom of the 12th that made it 7-6.

But with the wind blowing in at 18 mph from left field, several
balls were knocked back.

The Cubs loaded the bases in the 10th and Moises Alou's drive to
left field was held up and easily caught for the third out. The
same happened to Derrek Lee's long drive in the 11th.

"The wind wasn't our friend tonight. We hit five or six home
runs that didn't go out," Baker said.

The Expos won with some good smallball in the 12th.

Juan Rivera beat out an infield single against Todd Wellemeyer
(1-1), the Cubs' eighth pitcher, and advanced on pinch-hitter Henry
Mateo's sacrifice.

Schneider hit a hard single to center on a 2-2 pitch to give the
Expos the lead, and Carroll's sacrifice fly after another single
put Montreal up two.

Chad Cordero (5-3) got the victory with two innings of scoreless
relief on a windy night at Wrigley Field. Joe Horgan pitched the
12th for his second save, despite giving up Patterson's homer.

Clement left after he'd given up a solo homer to Terrmel Sledge
that put the Expos ahead 2-0. The stiffness is in his right
trapezoid muscle and is similar to the condition that forced him
out in his last start after 4 1-3 innings.

"Everything arm-wise feels all right. They noticed I was
favoring it and they got me out of there," said Clement, who will
be re-evalutated Wednesday.

"I'm not expecting to miss much (time), if any at all ... I'm
not overly concerned. I feel bad I made the bullpen work so hard."

The Cubs tied it at 5 in the seventh on Patterson's first homer
and an RBI grounder by Aramis Ramirez.

Montreal scored three in the top of inning, using four straight
singles and back-to-back bases-loaded walks off Mike Remlinger to
take a 5-3 lead.

Maicer Izturis and pinch-hitter Ryan Church singled off Jon
Leicester. Brad Wilkerson greeted Remlinger with another single to
load the bases and then Endy Chavez's grounder up the middle went
off Remlinger and ricocheted toward first for an infield hit, tying
it at 3.

Remlinger retired Tony Batista before walking Sledge and Rivera
to force in two runs.

Expos starter Sun Woo Kim, seeking his first win since June 10,
allowed seven hits and three runs -- none earned -- in six innings.

The Cubs made the most of some sloppy Expos fielding to push
across three runs in the fourth.

Two infield hits and a single by Michael Barrett loaded the
bases with two outs.

Pinch-hitter Jason Dubois sent a grounder to second baseman
Izturis, but when Expos first baseman Wilkerson ventured too close
to Izturis, he couldn't get back to the bag in time and the throw
went over his head for an error on Izturis.

Barrett then raced home on Kim's wild pitch to give the Cubs a
3-2 lead.

Game notes
Chavez had four hits for Montreal. ... Expos catcher
Schneider made his first error since July 2, 2003, a span of 166
games. After Kim's wild pitch, Schneider's throw to the plate got
by Kim, allowing Dubois to move to second. ... Cubs RF Sammy Sosa
missed his second straight game with a sore right hip. Ben Grieve,
who'd replaced Sosa in right on Monday, needed three stitches to
close a cut over his left eye and also had a sore shoulder after
hitting the Wrigley Field wall. He's expected to miss a couple of
games.