Series: Game 2 of 3

Chicago leads 2-0 (as of 7/13)

Game 1: Friday, July 12
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in 16
Chicago 5
Game 2: Saturday, July 13
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Chicago 9
Game 3: Sunday, July 14
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Chicago 10

Marlins 2

(45-45, 19-24 away)

Cubs 9

(37-51, 18-23 home)

    4:05 PM ET, July 13, 2002

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: M. Clement (7-6)

    L: J. Tavarez (7-5)

    Cubs' Clement defeats former team

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Sammy Sosa was steamed, so angry at former teammate Julian Tavarez for hitting him with a pitch that the star slugger barreled home later in the same inning with a spikes-high slide.

    Matt Clement pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning against his former team as the Chicago Cubs and an angry Sosa beat the Florida Marlins 9-2 Saturday.

    "I was a little out of control,'' said Sosa, who reached base five straight times. "It's part of the game sometimes. Pretty much I have to say I slide into home like everybody else. It was a misunderstanding.''

    Sosa got hit in the back with a pitch in the fourth inning and walked inside the baseline, looking at Tavarez and raising his hands as if to ask why.

    "In that moment I got very, very mad,'' Sosa said.

    Tavarez then raised his arms as if to say "What's wrong?'' as Marlins catcher Charles Johnson held him back. Plate umpire Lance Barksdale got between Sosa and the mound before Cubs interim manager Bruce Kimm arrived. Benches emptied briefly, but no punches were thrown and order was quickly restored.

    When Sosa scored the Cubs' seventh run later in the inning on Tavarez's wild pitch, he came across the plate with an aggressive slide near his former teammate, who then patted him on the back.

    "It was just my emotions, but then I settled down,'' Sosa said.

    Kimm, noting that Sosa stands far away from the plate, said: "In my own opinion, yes, he threw at him.''

    Sosa and Tavarez, both natives of the Dominican Republic, chatted Friday before the series began. Tavarez, who was 10-9 in his only season with the Cubs a year ago, wasn't available for comment.

    "Why would we hit him? I thought they were friends,'' Florida manager Jeff Torborg said. "I didn't even leave the dugout. I don't know what they were saying. I think it just got away. I like to think that Sammy's got fire in him.''

    Sosa said Tavarez told him from the mound he wasn't trying to plunk him. Still, he was plenty mad.

    "I don't think it was intentional because I asked him a couple of times and he kept saying, 'No, no, no, no,''' Sosa said.

    Clement (7-6) struck out nine in 7 2-3 innings and outpitched Tavarez, one of the players he was traded for in March.

    "I guess beating your former team makes it a little special,'' said Clement, who escaped a first-inning jam that he caused with a throwing error.

    Clement gave up a leadoff double to Luis Castillo, a second-inning single to Juan Encarnacion and an eighth-inning pinch-hit single to Tim Raines.

    Tavarez (7-5), sent to the Marlins along with three other players for Clement and Antonio Alfonseca, went four innings. He allowed nine hits and seven runs -- five earned -- with three walks, three strikeouts and a wild pitch.

    Sloppy fielding by the Marlins, who finished with three errors, helped Chicago take a 7-2 lead after four innings.

    Castillo's double, Clement's throwing error on a comebacker and an RBI grounder by Preston Wilson gave the Marlins a 2-0 in the first.

    But with one out in the bottom half, Castillo fumbled Sosa's perfect double-play grounder and Fred McGriff and Moises Alou followed with RBI singles for a 2-2 tie.

    In Chicago's second, Alex Gonzalez got a double when his low liner skipped past Kevin Millar in left. Clement then hit a high hopper to first that Derrek Lee lost in the sun with the ball skipping off his glove -- ruled a double -- with Gonzalez scoring. Mark Bellhorn then hit an RBI single for a 4-2 lead.

    Todd Hundley hit an RBI double in the third and advanced to third on Gonzalez's single. When Clement missed a squeeze bunt, Hundley was caught off the base, but Johnson threw the ball past Mike Lowell, who was running back to the bag, allowing Hundley to score for a 6-2 lead. Chicago added two runs in the bottom of the eighth on a run-scoring single by Bill Mueller and an RBI grounder by McGriff.

    Game notes

    Johnson had two passed balls and an error. Entering the game he had just one passed ball and two errors all season. ... Wilson sprained both wrists while crashing into the Wrigley Field brick outfield wall Friday and failing to hold a 16th-inning drive by Angel Echevarria that gave the Cubs a victory. But Wilson was back in the lineup after testing his wrists during batting practice. ... The Cubs are 3-1 under Kimm.

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