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Perez's HR leaves Cubs short

Neifi Perez hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning yesterday, spoiling another dramatic home run by Moises Alou and lifting the shorthanded San Francisco Giants to a 5-3 victory over the Cubs in Chicago.

Pedro Feliz had another big offensive day, homering and driving in two runs to make up for the absence of Barry Bonds, who was out of the lineup for a second day with back spasms.

Alou hit a game-winning homer in the 10th inning Wednesday night, making his father, San Francisco manager Felipe Alou, pay for a pitching switch.

And Alou was at it again yesterday, tying the game with a two-run shot in the seventh inning after Felipe Alou replaced lefthander Scott Eyre with Felix Rodriguez.

But Cubs closer Joe Borowski (2-2) walked Michael Tucker with two outs in the 10th, and Perez homered on the next pitch. It was Perez's first homer of the year, in his 150th at-bat.

Reds 3, Rockies 1 -- Paul Wilson pitched eight solid innings for his career-high sixth straight win, and Danny Graves became Cincinnati's all-time saves leader in a victory over visiting Colorado.

Wilson (6-0) outdueled the Rockies' Joe Kennedy, who did not allow a hit through five innings. Wilson gave up one run, three hits, and struck out six.

Braves 5, Diamondbacks 1 -- Lefthander Horacio Ramirez pitched a three-hitter for his second career complete game, leading host Atlanta. Ramirez, a career .080 hitter coming into the game, also had a pair of singles and drove in a run.

Julio Franco homered for the second night in a row, and J.D. Drew hit a two-run triple. Ramirez (2-3) went 17 consecutive innings without giving up a run until Robby Hammock homered leading off the eighth.

Marlins 6, Astros 2 -- Mike Lowell had two solo home runs, giving him 13 this season and tying him with Colorado's Jeromy Burnitz and Arizona's Steve Finley for the major league lead, to power host Florida past Houston.

Phillies 4, Dodgers 0 -- At Philadelphia, Brett Myers pitched a five-hitter for his second career shutout and the Phillies sent Los Angeles to its seventh straight loss.

Pirates 9, Padres 7 -- Daryle Ward and Jason Bay each homered twice and drove in three runs and host Pittsburgh overcame a six-run San Diego first inning.

Cardinals 11, Mets 4 -- So Taguchi had four hits, driving in two runs and scoring two more to lead visiting St. Louis.

Brewers 3, Expos 2 -- Scott Podsednik hit the go-ahead home run off closer Rocky Biddle in the ninth inning to lift Milwaukee over Montreal in San Juan.

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