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Chicago 6, Florida 3

7/8/2003

CHICAGO (AP) -- Matt Clement isn't used to winning games with his
bat.

Clement hit a tie-breaking two-run double as the Chicago Cubs
scored three runs in the fourth inning and beat the Florida Marlins
6-3 Monday night.

I don't know, I usually don't know what to say when you ask me
about hitting," Clement said. "Hitting isn't usually my best
asset."

Chicago was without center fielder Corey Patterson, who went on
the 15-day disabled list before the game with a torn ligament in
his left knee. He is expected to miss the rest of the season.

But Tom Goodwin, playing in place of Patterson, went 3-for-4
with a walk, a run scored and two stolen bases.

"It's a big loss," Alex Gonzalez said. "Corey Patterson is
hard to replace, but hats off to Tom Goodwin coming in and doing
what he did. That's what we need, we need guys to step up like
that."

With two outs in the fourth and Hee Seop Choi on second, Marlins
manager Jack McKeon had starter Josh Beckett (3-4) intentionally
walk Paul Bako to get to Clement. The Chicago right-hander, who
improved to 5-1 in eight career starts against his former team, hit
the first pitch down the right-field line to score Choi and Bako,
putting the Cubs ahead 5-3.

"You expect Sammy Sosa to do that to you, not Matt Clement,"
said Beckett. "I threw him a changeup next at-bat. We had a little
chuckle at each other."

Clement came into the game hitting .240.

"I just went up there and settled for the first-pitch fastball
that I could make contact on," Clement said. "There wasn't much
of a thought process, I was just trying to hit it hard."

Clement scored on Ramon Martinez's single later in the inning to
complete the scoring.

Clement (6-7) allowed three runs on five hits in 6 1-3 innings,
striking out six and walking two.

Three relievers finished without allowing a hit -- Joe Borowski
pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 20 chances.

Florida went ahead on Ivan Rodriguez's solo homer in the first,
his 12th of the season. After Sosa's double-play ball scored
Goodwin in the bottom of the inning, the Marlins answered with
Derrek Lee's solo shot and Miguel Cabrera's run-scoring single in
the second.

The Cubs quickly tied it in their half of the second on
Gonzalez's two-run homer, his 11th.

Beckett pitched six innings and gave up six runs on 10 hits. He
struck out six and walked four.

"These guys got me runs early and I kept giving runs back. I
kept letting them back in it," he said.

Clement retired 12 of the 14 batters he faced between the third
and sixth innings.
^Notes: Indianapolis 500 champ Gil de Ferran sang during the
seventh-inning stretch. ... Sosa made a diving catch in right on
Rodriguez's line drive in the eighth. ... Gonzalez made a diving
catch at shortstop, on Lee's line drive in the fourth.