Series: Game 3 of 3

Chi Cubs won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, August 22
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Game 2: Saturday, August 23
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Game 3: Sunday, August 24
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Cubs 5

(67-62, 35-30 away)

Diamondbacks 3

(68-62, 38-26 home)

    4:35 PM ET, August 24, 2003

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: M. Clement (11-11)

    L: S. Randolph (7-1)

    S: J. Borowski (23)

    Simon, Lofton drive in two apiece

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Randall Simon likes his new team.

    The first baseman, acquired Aug. 16 from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a minor league outfielder, drove in Chicago's first two runs as the Cubs kept pace in the NL Central with a 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

    Kenny Lofton also had two RBI, and Matt Clement dominated Arizona for seven innings.

    "It gives you the confidence that when you go out there, you want to contribute. You want to help your team to win," Simon said about starting five of his six games with the Cubs. "That's the thing that's making me so comfortable. You see that I'm enjoying myself."

    Damian Miller added a run-scoring groundout for the Cubs, who stayed a half-game behind Houston and St. Louis.

    Clement (11-11), who went eight innings in a 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Aug. 3, proved too much for them again. He allowed two runs on five hits and three walks, striking out nine, before coming out after giving up a leadoff single to Danny Bautista in the eighth.

    Bautista scored on Shea Hillenbrand's grounder off Kyle Farnsworth, who finished the eighth.

    Joe Borowski loaded the bases with one out in the ninth and walked Raul Mondesi to make it 5-3. He then struck out Junior Spivey and Steve Finley for his 23rd save in 27 chances.

    Brandon Webb was struck near the elbow of his pitching arm by a batted ball in the second inning and lasted just three innings. He'll be evaluated Monday.

    "He said he felt OK to continue, but we noticed his velocity dropping down in the inning after that and we just didn't want to risk it," Brenly said.

    "The game didn't have a real good rhythm," Clement said. "You know, Webb getting hit by that ball. It was kind of a strange start to the game, I guess, kind of choppy. Then at the end, Joe did a good job keeping us cool."

    Mondesi also drove in Arizona's first run with a first-inning double, his 1,500th hit.

    But that was all the Diamondbacks' streaky offense managed.

    Arizona, which has alternated wins and losses for eight consecutive games, went into the eighth inning before getting its first hit against Chicago's Carlos Zambrano in a 4-1 loss Friday night, then piled up 13 runs in a win Saturday.

    After Mondesi's hit, Clement retired 15 of the next 17 batters.

    He ran into a rough spot in the sixth, perhaps distracted by Luis Gonzalez, who objected vehemently to third-base umpire Bill Miller's ruling that Gonzalez went around on a third strike.

    The Diamondbacks slugger gestured and shouted at Miller before home plate umpire Kevin Kelley tossed him. After the ejection, Gonzalez started up the third-base line before coaches and Kelley intervened.

    Clement then gave up back-to-back singles to Mondesi and Spivey before settling down to retire Finley on a grounder and Hillenbrand on a strikeout.

    "He had a lot of good pitches," Mondesi said. "A lot of sinkers, sliders in and away. Tough. We do the best we can."

    Arizona manager Bob Brenly also was ejected after the eighth for protesting after Robby Hammock made the third out on another checked-swing call, this one by first-base umpire Jeff Kellogg.

    Simon, who was 3-for-5, broke a 1-all tie with a single in the fifth inning off Stephen Randolph (7-1), and Lofton made it 3-1 with an RBI single in the sixth.

    The Cubs added two more runs in the seventh on Miller's fielder's-choice grounder and Lofton's single.

    The Cubs loaded the bases with nobody out in the second on singles by Simon and Aramis Ramirez and Webb's fielding error on a sacrifice by Ramon Martinez.

    Just before the bunt, Ramirez lined a pitch off Webb's right arm near the elbow. After an on-field checkup, Webb got out of the jam by striking out Miller and Clement -- both on 3-2 counts -- and getting Lofton to pop up.

    Chicago tied it in the third, but should have had more on Simon's one-bounce drive off the right-field fence. Tony Womack finally scored from second after being held up by third-base coach Wendell Kim, who thought Mondesi made the catch, and Simon was held to a single.

    "I don't think he could see," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "(Mondesi) just missed that ball by about six inches from where we were. You couldn't tell, really, if he caught the ball or not."

    Webb, who gave up three hits, then issued his third walk of the inning -- fourth of the game -- to Ramirez, loading the bases, before retiring Martinez on a popup and Miller on a groundout.

    Game notes

    Mondesi went 2-for-2, finishing with 1,501 hits, 1,046 in the NL. ... Lofton stole his 27th base after a first-inning walk. It was his 535th career. ... The Cubs (67-62) equaled last year's win total with 33 games to go. ... Clement is 5-2 in 11 games against the Diamondbacks.

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