Series: Game 3 of 3

Chicago won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, June 28
Chicago 9Final
Chicago 13
Game 2: Saturday, June 29
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Chicago 5
Game 3: Sunday, June 30
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Chicago 2

Cubs 9

(33-46, 17-23 away)

White Sox 2

(40-42, 24-17 home)

    2:05 PM ET, June 30, 2002

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: M. Clement (6-5)

    L: M. Buehrle (11-6)

    Bellhorn homers from both sides of plate in win

    CHICAGO (AP) -- The only sweep at Comiskey Park this weekend was the postgame cleanup.

    Mark Bellhorn

    Matt Clement

    Matt Clement shut down the surging White Sox offense and quieted their broom-waving fans, and Mark Bellhorn homered from both sides of the plate Sunday as the Chicago Cubs avoided a sweep with an 9-2 victory over their crosstown rivals.

    "When you see a lot of brooms around, you don't want to be involved in that,'' Cubs manager Don Baylor said.

    The victory also snapped the Cubs' five-game losing streak, their second-longest of the season.

    "Every win right now for us is huge,'' said Clement, who matched his career-high with 12 strikeouts. "We just have to keep banging away and I think we're going to hit a hot streak. We have too many talented players on this team not to, and too good of a pitching staff.

    "Hopefully this will get us on a roll right before the break.''

    If any game could spark the Cubs, this was it. The White Sox won the first two games of the weekend series in devastating fashion -- they rallied from an 8-0 deficit Friday and Sammy Sosa struck out with the tying run at third Saturday -- and South Siders arrived at Comiskey Park feeling confident.

    Many carried brooms, and the derogatory chants that are a staple of the series sounded particularly boisterous.

    But Clement (6-5) wanted none of it. With the game-time temperature at 91 degrees and high humidity making it feel more like Miami than Chicago, Clement -- who was traded from the Florida Marlins in spring training -- coolly handcuffed the White Sox.

    He scattered two runs and six hits over eight-plus innings, allowing only two walks. He was never in any trouble until the ninth inning.

    "Clement was out of his mind,'' Paul Konerko said. "He could have told you the slider was coming and it still wouldn't have mattered.''

    After Kenny Lofton led off the game with a bunt single, Clement retired 13 of his next 14 batters. The White Sox had a runner in scoring position only once through the first eight innings.

    Clement wore down in the ninth, giving up a leadoff double to Ray Durham and walking Frank Thomas. Magglio Ordonez followed with a run-scoring double to spoil his shutout.

    "It's hard to keep a team with that kind of lineup down very long,'' said Clement, who had to wait out the Cubs long at-bat in the top of the ninth. "Ray got the big hit to start it, and unfortunately that's the way it worked out.''

    Antonio Alfonseca relieved, and got the last three outs. It was Clement's second win of the year over the White Sox, having beaten them at Wrigley Field two weeks ago.

    "Every now and then, you run into someone who has your number,'' White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said. "He was pretty good today.''

    And the Cubs finally came out with some offense, too. Bellhorn hit a two-run, right-handed shot in the five-run sixth and added a solo, left-handed shot in the ninth.

    Fred McGriff and Corey Patterson drove in two runs apiece for the Cubs.

    "We went out there and played the game today and swung the bats the way we are supposed to be swinging,'' said Sosa, who added an RBI single.

    Mark Buehrle, trying to become the AL's first 12-game winner, instead had one of his worst outings of the season. Buehrle (11-6) matched his season high with eight runs and nine hits allowed, and also gave up four walks in 5 2/3 innings.

    "It's nice to get a lead, especially against a pitcher as talented as Mark Buehrle is,'' Clement said. "They made the plays in the field and really picked me up.''

    Buehrle got in trouble in the third, walking Bellhorn to load the bases. Sosa singled to short center to drive in a run, and McGriff followed with a two-run single to left.

    The Cubs have blown leads all weekend, but they found a way to pile more runs on Sunday. Angel Echeverria started a five-run sixth with an RBI, ground-rule double. One out later, Patterson lined one inside the first-base line for a two-run double that made it 6-0.

    And the Cubs weren't done with Buehrle. On the first pitch he saw, Bellhorn hit a two-run homer to center, sending Cubs fans into joyous celebrations.

    That was it for Buehrle, who was booed as he walked off the field.

    "Both series we've had with the White Sox have been pretty intense,'' Bellhorn said. "We just want to come out and win. It's a big game for Chicago.''

    Game notes

    Bellhorn is the first Cub since Ellis Burton in 1964 to homer from both sides of the plate. ... Lofton's leadoff bunt single broke an 0-for-12 slump, but his struggles continue. He finished 1-for-4. ... Sosa's RBI single came in only his second at-bat with the bases loaded this year.

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