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Moises' homer in 10th lifts Cubs to victory

5/19/2004

CHICAGO (AP) -- Moises Alou welcomes a chance to see his dad.
Beating him makes the occasion even more enjoyable.

Alou crossed up his father's strategy by homering in the bottom
of the 10th Wednesday night, sending the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 win
over the San Francisco Giants.

"Like a kid, you always want to play good in front of your dad
and I think I did a good job tonight," Moises Alou said. "It's
the first time I hit a walkoff to beat him. I've done some damage
before. But I think his teams have been successful against me, too,
because he really pitches me tough."

San Francisco manager Felipe Alou should know his son's
strengths and weaknesses because he was once his manager, too, in
Montreal.

With one out, Felipe Alou replaced lefty Jason Christiansen and
brought in Jim Brower (1-3) to face his son. Moises Alou then hit a
3-2 pitch to deep left to end the game.

"Before you ask me the question, it's not the first time he did
damage with a home run against me," Felipe Alou said. "This one
was a walkoff, though the one last year was early in the game."

Moises Alou homered last year against his dad and the Giants in
San Francisco.

Is it a strange experience to get beat by your son?

"When everybody goes home, it might be a weird feeling. But at
the ball park, no," Felipe Alou said.

"I knew he was looking to hit a home run and the changeup just
fed into his swing," Brower said. "It's awful. As a pitcher, it's
the worst thing that can happen to you."

In the top of the 10th, Joe Borowski (2-1) walked Ray Durham and
then Marquis Grissom intentionally after a sacrifice. He retired
Edgardo Alfonzo on a pop and got Pedro Feliz on a grounder to
third.

Both teams played without their stars, who are nursing aching
backs.

Barry Bonds woke up Wednesday with more back pain and underwent
an MRI that showed nothing significant. He is listed as day to day.
Bonds had missed the previous three games with back spams before
playing Tuesday night and won't play Thursday, either.

Sammy Sosa landed on the 15-day DL with a sprained ligament in
his back, a condition that was brought on by some Sunday sneezes.

"We have the same pressure even when Sammy is in the lineup,"
Moises Alou said.

"We sure are going to miss him and can't wait until he comes
back. But you can't try to put any extra pressure on yourself
because he is out."

Jason Dubois, called up from Triple-A Iowa to replace Sosa on
the roster, hit a tying sacrifice fly in the seventh inning
Wednesday night.

"I was a little nervous walking up there," Dubois said of his
first major league at-bat.

"The crowd was roaring and I've never heard a crowd that loud.
But it was a great feeling."

Giants starter Kirk Rueter allowed five hits in 6 1-3 innings,
leaving with runners at first and third and one out in the seventh.

Scott Eyre relieved and gave up the sacrifice fly to Dubois.

Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano who hadn't given up an earned run
in his three previous starts over 24 innings, lasted seven innings.
He yielded three runs and six hits, including Michael Tucker's
second homer of the season in the fourth.

The Cubs took the early lead Wednesday when Michael Barrett hit
an RBI single in the second.

Ray Durham singled in Tucker in the third and scored on an RBI
bloop single by Grissom.

Tucker homer made it 3-1 Giants in the fourth before Chicago's
Corey Patterson cut it to one with a solo shot of his own leading
off the bottom of the fifth.
^Notes:@ It was Moises Alou's 1,500th career game. ... Kerry Wood
didn't have a side session Wednesday but is slated to throw from a
mound Thursday to see if his sore triceps will allow him to rejoin
the Cubs' rotation this weekend. ... In 33 games, Bonds has 56
walks, including 29 intentional. ... ... Darren Baker, son of Cubs
manager Dusty Baker and a former Giants bat boy, took some BP
behind the batting screen Wednesday with his dad doing the
pitching. Bonds said he got congratulations from Darren when he hit
his 660th home run with this promise from the 5-year-old
left-handed swinger:"I will hit 800 home runs."