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Family tie-breaker: Alou tops dad with homer in 10th

Postby WebHamster » Thu May 20, 2004 2:00 am

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Moises Alou spoiled his father's strategy with a 10th-inning home run, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field.

Alou belted a 3-2 pitch from Jim Brower (1-3) over the wall in left field to give the Cubs their fifth win in six games. Chicago bounced back from a 1-0 loss in Tuesday's opener, when Jason Schmidt pitched a one-hitter for Felipe Alou's Giants.

"He really pitches me tough," Moises said about his father, who made a pitching change to Brower just for his son.

San Francisco has lost five of its last six.

The Giants played without slugger Barry Bonds for the fourth time in the last five games because of a back problem. Bonds returned to the lineup on Tuesday after missing this past weekend's series against Pittsburgh, but woke up with back pain Wednesday morning and underwent an MRI exam. He is also expected to sit out Thursday's series-finale and could be headed to the disabled list.

The Cubs also placed their slugger on the DL Wednesday when Sammy Sosa went on the shelf with a sprained ligament in his lower back.

"We have the same pressure even with Sammy in the lineup," said Moises Alou. "We know we have more responsibility without him in the lineup. This is a time when we really have to show we're this good of a team."

Joe Borowski (2-1) picked up the win for the Cubs with one inning of hitless relief. He did walk two batters in the top of the 10th.

Carlos Zambrano went the first seven innings for Chicago and allowed three runs on six hits with a walk and four strikeouts.

"Carlos didn't have his tip-top stuff," said Cubs manager Dusty Baker. "But he changed speeds and kept us in there."

San Francisco starter Kirk Rueter gave up three runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out two.

The Cubs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second when Aramis Ramirez doubled and scored on a single by Michael Barrett.

The Giants answered with two in the third. Michael Tucker led off with a single, advanced to second on a bunt by Rueter and scored on a base hit by Ray Durham. Durham took second on the throw home and scored on a base hit by Marquis Grissom for a 2-1 lead.

Tucker then increased the San Francisco lead with a two-out solo homer in the fourth.

Chicago got one back in the fifth when Corey Patterson led off with his fifth home run of the season.

The Cubs then tied it in the seventh. Patterson started the rally with a one- out walk and raced to third on a single by Ramon Martinez. Scott Eyre replaced Rueter and pinch-hitter Jason Dubois greeted him with a fly ball to right, deep enough to score Patterson for a 3-3 game.

Chicago threatened in the eighth against Felix Rodriguez, as the first two batters walked. Rodriguez also fell behind Ramirez 2-0, but came back to strike him out, then got out of the inning with a ground ball and a soft line drive.

The Giants then put runners on the corners with one out in the ninth when Pedro Feliz and A.J. Pierzynski singled. Jeffrey Hammonds followed with a ground ball to third and Ramirez threw home to nail Feliz for the second out. Tucker was then hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Deivi Cruz grounded to second to end the inning.
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Thu May 20, 2004 5:29 am

Father against son....gotta love that kinda competition....who would have thought all those back yard baseball games would have meant so much.... :-)
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