McGriff, Cubs thwart Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- After a tough loss Wednesday night, the
Chicago Cubs weren't about to let this one slip away.

Matt Clement allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings, Fred McGriff hit
a three-run homer and the Cubs held on to beat the Philadelphia
Phillies 6-4 Thursday.

Antonio Alfonseca, who blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning
of Wednesday's 4-3 loss, allowed two runs in the ninth, but retired
Travis Lee on a fly out to center with runners on first and second
to end the game.

"This was a game we needed,'' Cubs manager Bruce Kimm said. "I
challenged the team after last night's game, told them we had to
win this one.''

Chicago snapped a two-game losing streak, winning for the sixth
time in nine games since Kimm replaced Don Baylor as manager.

The Phillies, who had won five of six, would've moved out of
last place for the first time in three months and would've been
within four games of .500 for the first time since May 13 if they

"We battled to the end, had the winning run at the plate,''
Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.

Clement (8-6) gave up five hits, struck out eight and walked
four to win for the third time in four starts. He improved to 6-1
in nine games against Philadelphia.

Tom Gordon pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings before giving way to

All-Star Vicente Padilla (10-6) allowed five runs -- four earned
-- and seven hits in six innings.

"I made two mistakes and it cost me some runs,'' Padilla said
through an interpreter.

After the Phillies scored just one run in the fourth despite
having runners on second and third with no outs, McGriff hit a
three-run homer to give the Cubs a 5-1 lead in the fifth.

Mark Bellhorn hit a single with one out and Sammy Sosa hit a
two-out single. McGriff followed with his 19th homer deep into the
right-center field seats.

"It was a 2-0 fastball,'' McGriff said. "He's a good pitcher.
It's the first time I've faced him.''

Bobby Abreu's RBI triple off Tom Gordon cut it to 5-2 in the
seventh, but Pat Burrell struck out to end the inning.

The Cubs took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on a RBI double by Moises Alou and an error by Lee at first base.

Sosa led off with a single and scored on Alou's double. With two
outs, Alou scored when Alex Gonzalez's grounder bounced off Lee's
glove for just his second error of the season.

Lee made it 2-1 with an RBI double in the fourth, but Clement
escaped further trouble by striking out the side.

Burrell and Scott Rolen each singled to start the inning and Lee
followed with a ground-rule double to right-center. Rolen could
have scored on the play, but the ball bounced over the wall.

Clement then struck out Todd Pratt, intentionally walked Marlon
Anderson to load the bases and fanned Padilla and Ricky Ledee to
end the inning.

"They were all sliders,'' Clement said of the strikeout
pitches. "I made a mistake to Padilla on 0-2, but he fouled off a

Since pitching the final two innings for the NL All-Stars,
Padilla has allowed eight earned runs and 16 hits in 13 1/3

Pinch-hitter Roosevelt Brown's RBI single off Carlos Silva in
the ninth made it 6-2.

Abreu had an RBI triple and Burrell had a run-scoring single
with two outs in the ninth, before Alfonseca retired Lee.

"We've been playing good since the All-Star break,'' Sosa said.
"We're getting more comfortable.''

Game notes
Attorney General John Ashcroft was a guest of Sosa before
the game and played catch with him in foul territory during batting
practice. ... Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier threw out the
first pitch. ... McGriff is one homer away from reaching 20 for the
15th time in his career. ... The Phillies are 25-23 at home after
starting 18-10. ... Abreu's two triples were a career-high. ... For
the seventh time this season, Philadelphia's pitchers didn't walk
any batters.