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Moises Alou sent his dad an early Father's Day present Wednesday night, thanking him for a life in baseball the only way he knows how.
San Francisco manager Felipe Alou could only watch with bittersweet emotions as his son cranked a walk-off home run off Jim Brower in the 10th inning to give the Cubs a 4-3 victory before a crowd of 39,047 at Wrigley Field.
"I really enjoy a lot playing against my dad," Moises said. "It gives me the opportunity to see him. I don't see him as often as I'd like to, especially since the West and Central Divisions only play each other [two series]."
Joe Borowski (2-1) pitched a scoreless 10th to notch the victory, setting up a rubber game match-up Thursday between Greg Maddux and Dustin Hermanson.
Felipe Alou brought in Brower to face Moises with one out in the 10th. Brower was throwing nothing but off-speed pitches, but Moises stayed within his game and belted a 3-2 changeup into the left-field bleachers, leading to Cub-related gridlock in a mob scene at home plate.
"It's not the first time he has had a damaging home run against me," Felipe Alou said.
Carlos Zambrano allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings after entering the game with a streak of 24 innings without allowing an earned run. Ray Durham's RBI double in the two-run third snapped the streak at 26.
When Michael Tucker's homer in the fourth made it 3-1, it was only the second homer off Zambrano in eight starts.
Tucker flipped his bat, causing Zambrano to flip out after fanning Tucker in the seventh. Zambrano shouted, "Get the heck out of here" and pumped his fist.
"I try to be a nice guy on the mound," Zambrano said. "I try to be cool and not show any emotion. So far this year I've been doing a good job with that. But if you show [me up], I'll do the same to you.
"He threw the bat and was like 'How's that?' I try to respect everybody in this game. Everybody is a man in the big leagues. But if you do something wrong to me, I will do something back, and that's what I did."
Tucker, a former Cub, was unimpressed.
"He's young," Tucker said. "He has to do something to get himself up. He wasn't winning the ballgame."
After Corey Patterson's solo home run off Kirk Rueter made it a one-run game in the fifth, the Cubs tied it in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Jason Dubois, who was making his first major-league plate appearance.
"I was a little nervous walking up there" Dubois said. "The crowd was roaring. I'd never heard a crowd that loud. It was a great feeling."
The Cubs' bullpen came through again, particularly LaTroy Hawkins, who escaped a self-induced jam in the ninth. After Aramis Ramirez backhanded a hot grounder and threw Pedro Feliz out at the plate, Hawkins plunked Tucker, but induced Deivi Cruz to ground out to end the threat.
While Moises Alou said the Cubs would miss Sammy Sosa, he pointed out there's plenty of talent in the clubhouse that gets ignored in the Sosa spotlight.
"Don't get me wrong," he said. "We know we have more responsibility now that he's not in the lineup. But if you [succeed] while he is in the lineup, sometimes you guys don't pay attention to that.
"We have a good team, a bunch of guys who can really play. This is the time now where we really have to show we are this good of a team."