CHICAGO (Ticker) --
's infield single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning scored
rallied from a five-run deficit for a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
"I was just looking to make some good contact there," Gonzalez said. "I know I have to hit the ball hard or else it's going to be extra innings. I think I hit the ball off the end of my bat and luckily, they couldn't make the play in the hole."
"To me it was a no-brainer, you have to pitch to one guy and walk the hot guy," Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
said. "You hope you get the other guy to make an out, but it just wasn't in the cards for us today."
It was Chicago's largest come-from-behind win since rallying from another five-run deficit for a 6-5 victory at Colorado on May 25, 2000.
Alou hit his fourth home run in two games and Sosa added a two-run shot for Chicago, which won for just the third time in 11 tries.
Remlinger (5-2) struck out two in two perfect innings as the Cubs moved within one game of the first-place Cardinals in the National League Central.
was trying to defeat the Cubs for the third time in as many starts this season but allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings. The righthander threw 90 pitches in his first start since June 25 after missing a scheduled turn to work on his mechanics.
"I certainly didn't have my best stuff, but I didn't think I would after 10 days," Morris said. "I noticed my legs weren't strong enough toward the end of my five innings. To be honest, there's no way we should've lost that game."
Winless since June 10, Chicago starter
was reached for five runs and nine hits with four walks and five strikeouts in six innings. After
's single put runners on the corners with one out in the fifth, Estes got Morris to bounce into a double play and the Cardinals did not have another baserunner thereafter.
"That's about the biggest game we've won all year," Estes said. "To come back after I put us in that big hole and win is a giant turnaround for us. That's a huge win."
set down the Cubs in order in the sixth inning but walked Goodwin to start the seventh and was replaced by
. Grudzielanek sacrficed Goodwin to second and Eldred uncorked two wild pitches, allowing the center fielder to score the tying run.
The Cardinals grabbed a quick lead with one out in the first when
sent Estes' first pitch over the right-center field fence for his league-leading 27th home run.
Matheny led off the second with a single and was sacrificed by Morris. Rookie
followed with an infield hit and Edmonds delivered a run-scoring single to left-center field for a 2-0 lead.
sent Estes' next offering over the left-field wall for his 26th homer.
Pujols leads the NL with a .377 batting average and 77 RBI.
The Cubs got their first run when Alou led off the bottom of the second with his 14th homer and fourth in two games. Rookie
Hee Seop Choi
had an RBI groundout in the fourth to cut the deficit to 5-2.
Goodwin had a one-out single in the fifth and, after Grudzielanek flied out, Sosa sent a 2-2 pitch over the left-center field wall for his second homer in as many games and 13th this season. It was his 512th career homer, tying him with Hall of Famers
for 14th place on the all-time list. Sosa needs 29 homers to tie Banks for the most as a Cub.
"No, I'm still just Mr. Sammy," answered Sosa when asked if he was the new "Mr. Cub," Banks' nickname. "Today was a lucky day in a couple of ways. I tied their record and my home run helped us win a game."