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CINCINNATI (AP)—Jimmy Anderson threw only four changeups in his six innings. Two of them decided the game.

Moises Alou and Eric Karros hit consecutive solo homers off hanging changeups in the sixth inning, and the Chicago Cubs held on for a 4-3 victory Monday night over the Cincinnati Reds.

The two homers within a three-pitch span let the Cubs erase a 3-2 deficit. Chicago’s pitching staff took it from there, allowing only two baserunners in the last four innings.

“Except for two pitches, I thought it was great,” said Anderson (1-3), who was recalled from the minors before the game. “I made two mistakes and, unfortunately, they came right after we took the lead. They took the lead and got some great pitching.”

Matt Clement (5-6) gave up three runs in six innings and struck out nine, one shy of his season high, as he won his third consecutive start. Three relievers finished it off, shutting down the majors’ most dangerous comeback team.

Joe Borowski gave up a two-out single to pinch-hitter Jose Guillen in the ninth, then walked Adam Dunn on four pitches. Borowski didn’t want to make a mistake on Dunn, who has struck out in five of his six career at-bats against the right-hander but is one of the NL’s home run leaders.

“I made the pitch I wanted to Guillen, but he put the bat on the ball and put it where we weren’t playing,” said Borowski, who has converted his last eight save chances. “Dunn has 22 homers. If he doesn’t swing, I walk him. That’s fine. I’d rather face the right-hander.”

Borowski struck out Barry Larkin to end it, getting his 14th save in 16 chances.

The Cubs are 3-3 without Sammy Sosa, who has one game left on his suspension for using a corked bat. Sosa said he used the corked bat to hit crowd-pleasing drives in batting practice, but mistakenly used it during a game.

The crowd liked the show he put on during batting practice Monday—long drives to all parts of Great American Ball Park, including two that landed on the roof of the enormous batter’s eye building in center.

Clement settled in after a tough first inning, which opened with singles by Dunn and Barry Larkin. After a two-out double steal, Aaron Boone singled on a shoulder-high pitch for a 2-0 lead.

Boone, named NL player of the week, has hit safely in his last six games.

“I was a little bit down when Boone hit that ball almost over his head for a base hit,” Clement said.

Damian Miller singled home a run in the second, and Mark Grudzielanek doubled and scored on Corey Patterson’s groundout to tie it in the third.

Ken Griffey Jr. doubled and came home on Austin Kearns’ single for a 3-2 lead in the fifth, but Anderson gave up the Cubs’ second set of back-to-back homers this season.

“I hit it pretty well,” said Karros, who has seven homers. “Anytime you hit a ball pretty well in this ballpark, it’s going out. It’s probably the most hitter-friendly park in the National League, or in all of the majors, for that matter.”

Karros’ drive landed just beyond the fence in center. Griffey timed his jump and stretched his glove, missing the ball while smacking his right arm on the protective padding.

It was the hardest blow Griffey has taken since he dislocated the shoulder on April 5 while diving for a fly ball in the outfield against the Cubs. He missed 5 1/2 weeks, returning before the shoulder was completely healthy.

Griffey cradled the arm briefly after hitting the wall Monday, then grabbed his wrist and stretched the arm. A trainer was waiting to talk to him when the Reds came off the field.

“He didn’t hurt it, but he could feel it in his shoulder,” manager Bob Boone said.

Griffey stayed in the game and grounded back to Kyle Farnsworth in theeighth, leaving him 1-for-4 with the double.


The Cubs sent RHP Francis Beltran to Triple-A Iowa and called up INF Bobby Hill, their second-round draft pick in 2000. The second baseman played two games and part of another at third at Iowa, learning a new position. … The Cubs’ other back-to-back homers came from Alex Gonzalez and Sosa on May 1 at San Francisco. …The Reds demoted SS Felipe Lopez, who is expected to be the everyday shortstop next season. Lopez was hitting .213 and had a team-high 16 errors. … Boone won NL player of the week honors for the second time thisseason. The last Reds player to win it twice was Eric Davis in 1987.

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