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Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2003 2:08 AM EDT
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4 8 0
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W Clement (5-6)
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CHICAGO CUBS 4, CINCINNATI 3
 

CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Moises Alou and Eric Karros hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the sixth inning, powering the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds .

With one out in the sixth and the Cubs trailing, 3-2, Alou drilled a 1-1 pitch from Jimmy Anderson (1-3) over the left field fence to tie it. After taking a ball, Karros belted Anderson's next offering over the center field fence, giving the Cubs their first lead.

It was Karros' first homer since his three-run shot off Juan Acevedo of the New York Yankees cost Roger Clemens his 300th victory in Chicago on June 7.

"My motto is that it's better to be grey than bald," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "This game was exciting."

"I thought he (Anderson) pitched pretty well," Reds manager Bob Boone said. "He just made two mistakes and that was the ballgame."

The Reds got two runners on in the ninth, but Joe Borowski struck out Barry Larkin for his 14th save.

After retiring the first two hitters in the ninth, Borowski gave up a single to Jose Guillen and walked Adam Dunn , but he got Larkin to chase a 2-2 pitch down and away.

"I got the first two guys and put the pitch where I wanted to Guillen," Borowski said. "He just put a good swing on it. I was careful with Dunn. I was going to make him hit my pitch. Not that Larkin isn't a good clutch hitter but if I walk Dunn, so what?"

Alou and Karros each hit their seventh home runs of the season.

"Alou's was a changeup," Anderson said. "They both were. They didn't get down early enough. It's weird. I only threw about four of them."

Matt Clement (5-6) settled down after a shaky start to record the win. He allowed three runs and nine hits in six innings with a walk and nine strikeouts.

"It's nice to see all the work and talk with (pitching coach) Larry (Rothschild) has been paying off," Clement said. "To have a game like that against that lineup that battles you every time is nice."

"Matt's throwing the ball better and better," Baker added. "I'm glad we hung on to that lead. He's now 5-6. The next one, he'll be at 500, and he can go from there."

Kyle Farnsworth followed with two scoreless innings in relief for the Cubs.

"It's good to have a bullpen like ours, especially against a team that's been playing well and has come back late in games so often," Clement added.

The Reds grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first on Aaron Boone 's two-run single, but the Cubs got back a run in the second on consecutive singles by Troy O'Leary, Alex Gonzalez and Damian Miller .

Chicago pulled even in the third as Mark Grudzielanek led off with a double, moved to third on Ramon Martinez 's single and scored on Corey Patterson 's grounder.

The Reds regained the lead with two outs in the fifth when Ken Griffey Jr. doubled and scored on Austin Kearns ' single.


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