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Clement holds D-Backs to three hits over eight

8/3/2003

CHICAGO (AP) -- Sammy Sosa hit a two-run homer and Matt Clement
pitched three-hit ball for eight innings as the Chicago Cubs beat
the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 Sunday.

Sosa drove an 0-1 pitch into the left-center seats in the
seventh inning off Oscar Villarreal, who had just replaced starter
Brandon Webb.

It was Sosa's 24th homer this season and the 523rd of his
career, 11 behind Jimmie Foxx for 11th place on the all-time list.
Sosa, suspended seven games for using a corked bat earlier this
season, has 14 home runs since July 1 -- most in the majors.

Except for Luis Gonzalez's solo homer, Clement (9-9) was
brilliant for the Cubs. He struck out seven and walked two in his
second consecutive strong outing. Clement threw a two-hit shutout
against San Francisco on Tuesday.

Mark Guthrie retired Gonzalez leading off the ninth, and Dave
Veres got two outs for his first save since last Sept. 3, for St.
Louis.

Arizona's Raul Mondesi was caught stealing in the ninth, and
Junior Spivey struck out with a runner on to end it.

The teams waited out a rain delay of 3 hours, 15 minutes before
getting started. It didn't affect Clement, who struck out the side
in the first and retired his first 11 batters before Gonzalez hit a
3-2 pitch over the right-field wall and out onto Sheffield Avenue
for his 20th homer.

The teams endured a rain delay of more than three hours after
the sixth inning Friday. That game was won by the Cubs in 14
innings, almost eight hours after the first pitch.

Webb struck out eight, walked five and gave up five hits in 6
1-3 innings. He was removed after a walk to Kenny Lofton and a
sacrifice bunt by Ramon Martinez. Villarreal (7-5) then came in and
gave up the homer to Sosa.

The Cubs hit Webb hard and the rookie right-hander struggled
with his control at times, but Chicago couldn't push a run across
early. The Cubs stranded runners in five of the first six innings
and left nine on base in the game.

They ran themselves out of an opportunity in the fourth when Hee
Seop Choi led off with a single but was caught trying to steal
second. In the sixth, Cubs manager Dusty Baker allowed Clement to
bat with two outs and the bases loaded. He struck out on three
pitches.

Game notes
Arizona 1B Mark Grace, who played for the Cubs for 13
years, got a rare start in what could be his final appearance at
Wrigley Field. He went 0-for-3. Many in the crowd stood and cheered
at his first at-bat, but there were some boos. ... Choi started in
place of Eric Karros at first base and went 2-for-3 with a walk.