Alou belts three-run homer

CHICAGO (AP) -- Matt Clement pitched a two-hitter and Moises Alou hit a three-run homer in the first inning to lead the Chicago Cubs over the San Francisco Giants 3-0 Tuesday night.

Clement (8-9) struck out eight and walked two in his third career shutout, his first since a three-hitter against Arizona on Aug. 24. He had been 2-4 with a 6.98 ERA against the Giants.

Clement struck out the side in the fifth inning and received a standing ovation when he batted in the eighth. He matched the low-hit game of his career, on May 28 last year against Pittsburgh. While Clement has pitched at least six innings and allowed three runs or fewer in his last seven starts, he is just 3-2 in that span.

San Francisco had won 10 of its previous 11 games. The only hits for the Giants were a fourth-inning infield single by Marquis Grissom and a seventh-inning single to right by Andres Galarraga.

Alou hit his 16th homer of the year after singles by Mark Grudzielanek and Sammy Sosa off Damian Moss (9-7), who allowed just five hits in seven innings.

After Grissom singled in the fourth, Clement walked Barry Bonds and retired Benito Santiago on an inning-ending lineout.

San Francisco put runners on second and third in the seventh inning when third baseman Aramis Ramirez booted Santiago's grounder for his 26th error of the season, the most in the major leagues, and Galarraga blooped a single. Clement then struck out Jose Cruz Jr. and retired Edgardo Alfonzo on an inning-ending groundout.

Bonds, who entered with a .429 average and three homers against Clement, went 0-for-3 with two flyouts.

Game notes
The Giants activated Santiago from the 15-day disabled list. C Alberto Castillo was put on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Sunday, with a bruised right wrist. Santiago, who was 0-for-4, was placed on the disabled list July 17 with a dislocated left pinkie. Castillo's contract was purchased from Triple-A Fresno on July 6. He was 3-for-10 with a home run and four RBI. ... Chicago has won just seven of 21 home games and is 25-27 overall at Wrigley Field.