Alou's two-run homer in bottom of ninth lifts Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Moises Alou wants his manager father to go
out on a winning note if Felipe Alou does retire next week after
nearly five decades in major league baseball.

He wants to go home out of last place in the NL West, too, and
knows that would make the fans a little happier about San
Francisco's disappointing season.

Alou hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, and
the Giants ended a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over
the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, one night after being
eliminated from playoff contention.

"It takes a lot of mental work to get pumped up for a game like
tonight," Alou said. "The dugout's dead, the stands are dead. You
try to pump the guys up a little bit. It seems like everybody's
waiting for the Dodgers to get excited. We can't wait for the
weekend. ...

"It was a dead atmosphere in the whole building today.
Hopefully this win will get us excited to win some games."

Alou sent a 1-0 pitch from Brandon Lyon just over the wall in
left for his 22nd homer of the season and seventh career
game-winning homer. Randy Choate (0-1) hit Todd Linden with a pitch
with one out in the ninth. The Giants mobbed Alou and danced at
home plate.

Felipe Alou, 71, might not be back for a fifth season as Giants'

"I want my dad to finish strong with his record," Moises Alou
said. "We're getting paid. This is our job to perform. I can't
come and just go through the motions."

Pinch-runner Fred Lewis tied the game at 2 in the bottom of the
eighth on pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney's RBI-fielder's choice. Second
baseman Alberto Callaspo threw home wildly for an error trying to
get Lewis, who reached third on a wild pitch.

Mike Stanton (7-6) pitched the ninth for the win as the Giants
won for the third time in 13 games.

Carlos Quentin hit a two-run homer halfway up the bleachers in
left field in the fifth, but Arizona's bullpen couldn't hold a 2-1

Brandon Webb, coming off a loss at San Diego last Thursday,
outpitched Matt Morris in their first matchup of 2006.

Webb allowed one earned run and three hits in eight innings,
while Morris gave up two runs and seven hits in eight innings and
avoided losing his fifth straight start.

"I'm obviously upset we didn't win the game," Webb said. "I
felt pretty good out there. I made some pretty good pitches."

Webb also had two hits for his first multi-hit game since April
7, 2004.

Felipe Alou considered playing a younger lineup but said he
wanted to give Morris the best chance to win in what likely was his
final 2006 outing. The right-hander had an inconsistent year in his
first season with San Francisco.

"It's good to end on this note," Morris said. "I wish my
whole season was like this where I had control. You learn from it
and I will definitely sit down and re-evaluate the season ... and
try to come back stronger. I wanted to go out with no regrets in
this game."

Barry Bonds had the night off and said before the game he plans
to play sparingly in the season's final week.

"I'm done. My elbow hurts," Bonds said, sitting at his corner
locker in the clubhouse. "I will play in the L.A. series."

The slugger, in the final days of his $90 million, five-year
contract with San Francisco, said he would likely also take off
Wednesday's day game against Arizona then play Friday night in the
series opener with the Dodgers -- and perhaps a few innings

The 42-year-old Bonds has 734 home runs, 21 from tying Hank
Aaron's all-time record of 755, and has played significantly better
since the All-Star break. He is hitting .382 (34-for-89) with 10
home runs, 26 RBI and 18 walks in his last 28 games and has raised
his batting average 36 points from .235 to .271 during that

Arizona has lost the season series for the fifth straight year,
trailing 11-7.

Game notes
D'Backs 2B Orlando Hudson rejoined the team after two days
away to tend to family matters, but manager Bob Melvin didn't write
him into the starting lineup. Prospect Alberto Callaspo started in
his place. ... Arizona C Miguel Montero, who recorded his first
major league hit among his three Monday, will get another start
before the end of the season. ... Arizona's Eric Byrnes had
back-to-back games with extra-base hits for the first time since
Aug. 27-28.