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Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - delivered a pinch hit RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead Chicago to a 6-5 win over St. Louis in the middle contest of a three- game set at Wrigley Field. hit a two-run homer and hit a solo shot for the , who won for only the second time in their last six ballgames. (5-2) picked up the win after tossing two perfect innings. yielded five runs in six innings. Estes, who has not won in his last three decisions, allowed nine hits, while walking four and striking out five batters. hit a monstrous three-run homer, while added a solo homer for the , who had their two-game winning streak snapped. Edmonds now has hit eight homers in his last 11 affairs. (1-4) was tagged with the loss after allowing one run on three hits in 1 1/3 innings. permitted four runs on eight hits over five innings. The righthander, who had not pitched since June 25 due to a sore shoulder, struck out two and walked a pair. Chicago scored the winning run in the ninth inning on Gonzalez' RBI single. led off with a pinch hit single and moved to third on 's double to left field. came on in relief of Fassero and immediately struck out Sosa for the second out, but Alou was intentionally walked to load the bases. Gonzalez came on to pinch hit and brought in Patterson with a softly-hit grounder between short and third. got to the ball late and bobbled it, but he had no chance of getting Gonzalez at first as it was ruled an infield hit. Edmonds' homer to center in the first inning, which was his 27th home run of the year, gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead. In the second inning, the erupted for four runs, highlighted by Pujols' mammoth three-run homer. led off with a walk and moved to second on Morris' sacrifice bunt. then reached on an infield single to put runners on the corners and Edmonds followed with a base hit up the middle to score Matheny. Pujols then connected with his 26th homer of the campaign as he belted a shot to deep left-center field that landed on Waveland Avenue for a 5-0 edge. The got one run back on Alou's homer in the second inning, which was his 14th of the year and fourth in the last two games. Chicago tacked on another run in the fourth inning to get within 5-2. Sosa led off with a single, moved to third on Alou's double and scored on 's groundout. Sosa's two-run homer in the fifth brought the within a run at 5-4. singled to center with one out and Sosa later blasted a hanging breaking ball to left-center field for his 13th home run of the year. The tied the game at 5-5 in the seventh inning. Goodwin drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Grudzielanek and then scored on consecutive wild pitches by . Sosa now has 512 career homers, which ties him for 14th on the all-time list with Ernie Banks and Eddie Matthews.

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