Baker spent 10 years at the helm of the Giants, guiding the team to the National League pennant last season, before signing with the Cubs in the offseason.
Baker received a standing ovation from the crowd when he brought out the lineup card prior to the game. He tipped his cap as a video tribute to the manager played on the scoreboard.
"It was good, kind of embarrassing a little bit," he said. "I don't respond well to that too much, but it was good. It was good to come home here and it was nice to win."
Baker's night improved after the performance of Wood (4-1), who allowed two runs - one earned - and seven hits while striking out eight.
"We had some great pitching out of Kerry when it counted," Baker said. "He got out of a couple of jams, and our bullpen did the rest. We got some timely hitting.
had been struggling a little bit and he had a big night."
Alou, who is the son of Giants manager
, had an RBI single in the fifth inning and homered off reliever
in the eighth. He also bounced into a double play to force home a run in the third.
"Anytime you do something to help your team win, whether you're playing against your dad or anybody else, you feel pretty good about it," Alou said. "It's not like I haven't played against my Dad before. It's fun because not everybody has a chance to come play against his dad in the major leagues and I'm pretty lucky to be able to do that."
"It feels special. My first game here back here at Pac Bell. It's a place I'm very familiar with," Baker said. "I know we beat a quality team that's hard to beat here in this ballpark. These guys play well here and have always played well here."
"I know it's a big deal for the city of San Francisco. It's a big deal for Dusty,"
said. "But at the same time we're just trying to play and win some ball games and today's ball game was good to win."
(2-1) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings. He struck out three and walked three.
"I'm just trying to give my guys a chance to win," he said. "In the past, we've always had great hitting teams and this is no exception. I feel if I keep them close, that these guys are going to win the game in the end and that's what I try to do every time."
Wood surrendered a leadoff homer to
to open the first inning and worked out of a bases-loaded jam with one out. He allowed just four hits thereafter but struggled with his control, walking four and hitting
"Every time I turned around I had a couple of guys on base, so I was pitching out of jams all night long," Wood said. "I didn't throw as consistently as I wanted to but when situations came up where I needed to get a big out or a strikeout I was able to do that. I just tried to keep it close."
"The guy's got electric stuff," Giants outfielder
said of Wood. "It's the first time I faced him so I can see why people rave about him. He pitched well when he got into jams and he pitched himself right out of it."
singled to lead off the fourth inning and Wood made an error on Rueter's sacrifice attempt. Durham sacrificed and, after
struck out, Wood intentionally walked Bonds to load the bases.
Grissom scored when Wood walked Cruz to give the Giants a 2-1 lead.