Final in 10

Series: Game 3 of 3

San Francisco won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, May 18
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Game 2: Wednesday, May 19
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Game 3: Thursday, May 20
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Giants 5

(17-24, 8-10 away)

Cubs 3

(23-17, 11-8 home)

2:20 PM ET, May 20, 2004

Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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W: M. Herges (1-2)

L: J. Borowski (2-2)

Alou again hits in clutch, but Perez wins it

CHICAGO (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants got a dramatic home run of their own from a most unlikely source.

Neifi Perez hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning Thursday, spoiling another late home run by Moises Alou and lifting the short-handed Giants to a 5-3 win. Pedro Feliz had another big day with a homer and two RBI for the Giants, who won their first series in three tries.

"It's easy in games like this to say, `Ahh, let's just get this game over with, somebody hit a home run, who cares who it is," said Matt Herges, who pitched two scoreless innings for the win. "But we fought, and lo and behold, Neifi -- beautiful, beautiful. It definitely surprised me. A pleasant surprise."

The Cubs beat the Giants 4-3 in 10 innings on Wednesday night when Alou made his father, Giants manager Felipe Alou, pay for a pitching switch. The younger Alou did it again Thursday, tying the game with a two-run shot in the seventh after his father replaced lefty Scott Eyre with Felix Rodriguez.

"He didn't try to ruin my trip," Felipe Alou said. "I think he's trying to do what he's been doing for a while in the big leagues. When I went to the mound, I talked to the people involved in pitching to make sure that we didn't give him a pitch to hit.

"And if we fell behind, turn the page and go to the next guy."

That's just what the Giants did. With Barry Bonds out for a second day with back troubles, Perez stepped up.

Perez has been struggling lately, going 0-for-16. But after Cubs closer Joe Borowski walked Michael Tucker with two outs in the 10th, Perez grabbed teammate Yorvit Torrealba's bat and went to the plate.

He sent the first pitch he saw from Borowski (2-2) into the right-field bleachers for a two-run homer. It was Perez's first home run of the year, coming in his 150th at-bat.

"I'm struggling right now," said Perez, who is hitting .201. "I'm hitting the ball, but somebody's catching it. Thank God that I hit the home run today. I helped us."

The Cubs had one last chance, with Alou getting another at-bat in the bottom of the 10th. But Herges (1-2) retired him on a flyball and Aramis Ramirez grounded out to end the game.

"Neifi did to us what we did to them yesterday. I guess turnabout is fair play," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "You hate to lose a series like that, especially in that fashion, but we've just got to come back to the drawing board tomorrow against St. Louis."

The Giants are foundering, dropping 11 of their last 15 games and struggling to keep people healthy. Bonds is out indefinitely, and second baseman Ray Durham (knee) and backup left fielder Jeffrey Hammonds (hand bruise) also missed Thursday's game.

But Feliz keeps finding ways to make up for the absences, hitting .385 with a homer and three RBI in the three-game series in Chicago.

He hit a run-scoring single in the third, and made it 3-0 with a solo, first-pitch homer off Greg Maddux in the fifth inning.

Chicago cut the Giants' lead to 3-1 on Derrek Lee's RBI single in the sixth.

Then it was time for another Alou vs. Alou matchup. Rather than let his son face a left-hander Wednesday night, Felipe Alou brought in a right-hander and Moises Alou promptly hit a walkoff homer to give the Cubs a 4-3 victory in 10 innings.

Despite that, Felipe Alou did the same thing Thursday, lifting lefty Eyre for Rodriguez in the seventh. Alou worked Rodriguez to a 3-1 count before launching a high pitch up and over the left-field fence -- the same spot where he homered Wednesday night -- to tie the game at 3. Fans roared as they saw the ball climb, and they chanted "Ah-loo!" as he rounded the bases.

But the Cubs couldn't do any more damage.

"Winning by attrition," Herges said. "We outlasted them today at their place, and that's a huge boost for us."

Game notes


Perez's homer was his first since Sept. 13, 2003. ... Alou's homer was the 250th of his career. ... The Cubs put Kerry Wood on the disabled list Thursday, retroactive to May 12. Wood said he didn't feel any pain or discomfort during a bullpen session, but the Cubs want to make sure his sore triceps is completely healed before he rejoins the rotation. ... Maddux threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the third inning.

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