Alou homered twice and had a career-high six RBI, and Derrek
Lee hit a grand slam to lead the Cubs over Milwaukee 13-4 Tuesday
and send the Brewers to their seventh straight loss.
Alou hit a three-run homer in the first inning, a two-run homer
in the fourth and a sacrifice fly in the seventh as Chicago won for
the sixth time in seven games and opened a one-game lead in the NL
wild-card race over San Francisco. Alou, who has 31 homers, reached
30 for the third time in his career.
"We always knew we had a good lineup. I guess we needed a
wake-up call," Alou said. "Time is running out. Playoff chances
are right there, so let's go take it. We have some momentum going,
and everything is clicking."
Nomar Garciaparra, who had missed three straight games because
of a strained left wrist, went 0-for-4 and came out following a
1-hour, 4-minute rain delay in the seventh.
Matt Clement (9-11), who had been 0-2 in four starts since
winning at Milwaukee on July 26, struck out eight in six innings,
allowing seven hits.
"To get those runs with our pitching staff, I think we are
going to win a lot of games," Clement said.
"I think, if anything, I was trying to rush because of the
rain, just wanted to get the game completed," Clement said.
Clement has a 3.31 ERA, struggling to get wins because of a lack
of run support.
"He was struggling a little bit, but he got some runs he hadn't
got in a long time," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said.
Glendon Rusch finished for his second save.
Milwaukee is on its longest losing streak since dropping nine in
a row from July 15-23, 2002.
Chris Capuano (6-8) gave up seven runs and six hits in 1 1-3
innings, his shortest outing this season. Five days earlier, the
Cubs had eight runs and eight hits against him in 4 1-3 innings at
Capuano hurt his left elbow in the second inning.
"I don't know if he's a DL candidate or not," Brewers manager
Ned Yost said.
Capuano has been bothered by the elbow all season.
"The same thing as before. Stress, discomfort. It's just not
letting me pitch," he said.
Lee's second grand slam this season and this sixth of his career
gave the Cubs a 7-0 lead in the second. He also hit a slam against
Cincinnati on April 19.
Alou has three multihomer games this season and 10 in his
career. ... Lee increased his career RBI total to 501. ...
Milwaukee LF Geoff Jenkins left in the fifth inning with a bruised
right knee. He is day-to-day. ... Hall and 1B Lyle Overbay let a
routine infield fly ball drop right between them in the fifth
inning. Hall was charged with the error. ... Podsednik was 0-for-15
before his homer. ... Overbay injured a hamstring and is day to