CHICAGO (Ticker) -- One day after his potential game-tying hit was called foul,
got his revenge.
Alou recorded a career-high five hits, including a tie-breaking single in the bottom of the eighth inning, as the
rallied from a six-run deficit for an 8-7 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
"Every day I've been coming to the ballpark trying to do my job and unfortunately, I've been a little cold," Alou said. "But I'm starting to come around. And in the meantime, guys have been picking it up for me."
The Cubs have won three of the first four in this five-game series and pulled back within one-half game of St. Louis, which trails first-place Houston by one-half game in the National League Central Division.
"The whole time, we never gave up, never quit," Cubs manager
said. "You can't when these flags are blowing out."
With the bases loaded in the seventh inning of the second game of Tuesday's day-night doubleheader, Alou drilled a line drive that appeared to kick up chalk on the left field foul line. But third base umpire Justin Klemm called it foul.
After flying out to end the inning, Alou got into a heated exchange with Klemm and was ejected. He appeared to spit at the umpire and could be facing a suspension.
"The umpires have been crap and I'm not afraid to say it," Alou said before the game. "This can't happen. We've worked too hard for this. For someone to mess it up, it's been bad. I was a bit upset last night and expected to get thrown out."
Alou took out his frustrations on the Cardinals, beginning the Cubs' rally from a 6-0 deficit with an RBI single in the sixth.
"We're in the middle of a pennant race and it was a great job by everybody," Alou said.
After the Cubs scored three runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to close within 7-6, they tied it in the eighth on
's RBI triple. Alou put Chicago ahead by lining a 1-1 pitch from reliever
(14-8) into left field.
Alou also hit a two-run homer in the seventh.
(2-2) tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.
"That was probably one of the most exciting games I've ever been involved in," Cubs shortstop
said. "To win it makes it sweeter. There was never any quit and that is why we won the game."
Williams allowed one run and two hits while retiring two batters in his first relief appearance since 1996.
"We had no one else available," Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
said. "It's a shame to have to go to him in that situation. But he was the guy to get us the last outs."
"It's something I'm always ready to do," Williams said of coming out of the bullpen. "I had a chance to do some good for the team, and I didn't."
Still fuming, the Cubs appeared to come out flat and quickly fell behind on
's two-run single off
in the top of the first.
J.D. Drew's second career grand slam staked the Cardinals to a 6-0 lead in the sixth.
St. Louis starter Dan Haren blanked the Cubs through five innings but tired in the sixth, giving up a double to
and Alou's RBI single.
"We just have to put today behind us," Haren said. "If we win tomorrow, we come out in fine shape."
took over and yielded a two-run homer to
that made it 6-3.
The Cardinals got back a run in the seventh on an RBI base hit by
served up a two-run homer to Alou and a solo shot to
in the bottom half.
started the eighth for the Cardinals, but
led off with an infield hit and moved up on
La Russa went to Williams and the move backfired as Grudzielanek greeted him with a triple to right-center field. After Sosa fouled out, Alou put the Cubs ahead, sending the fans at Wrigley Field into a frenzy.
It capped the Cubs' biggest comeback win since July 27, 1999.