CHICAGO (Ticker) --
beat his former team with his arm and his bat, pitching into the seventh inning and doubling in the go-ahead run in the fourth, as the
rallied for a 6-3 triumph over the
Facing his former team for the eighth time, Clement gave up three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings with two walks and six strikeouts. He improved to 5-1 against Florida.
"It was super-hot out there. I was laboring at times," said Clement, who threw 57 of 91 pitches for strikes. "The humidity was a bit oppressive. But once we got the lead again, I got a second win. I pitched much better after that."
The righthander benefited from key defensive plays by shortstop
, third baseman
and right fielder
. Although Clement won for the first time in four starts since June 16, he has 2.57 ERA in his last three outings.
Clement also came through with the biggest hit of the night, a two-run double off starter
(3-4) in the fourth that broke a 3-3 tie. He raised his average to .250, 201 points higher than last season.
"I don't know how to respond about questions about my hitting. I'm not really good at it," Clement said. "Josh just got a ball up in the zone that I was able to hit at the last minute."
"The next time he came up after the double, I threw him a changeup and we both had a good laugh," Beckett said. "But it shows you anybody with a bat in his hands can beat you."
The Cubs also got a boost from
, who will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, Goodwin went 3-for-4 and scored a run as Chicago won for just the fourth time in 13 games.
"Tom really picked us up when we needed it most," Chicago manager
said. "After losing Corey, everyone was a bit down today. He helped bring our energy up, the way he played that game."
Rodriguez's solo shot in the first put Florida in front, but Chicago tied it in the bottom half on a double play grounder by
Lee homered in the second and rookie
delivered an RBI single to make it 3-1.
"We had him on the ropes early in the game, but being the good pitcher that he is, he got it together and went to his sinker the rest of the night. That was his out pitch," Lee said of Clement.
Again, the Cubs wasted no time tying it.
Hee Seop Choi
led off the bottom of the second with a single and
followed with his 11th home run.
"As soon as we got the game tied for Matt, I saw a different pitcher out there," Gonzalez said. "He really seemed to get a second win and beared down."
Choi started the bottom of the fourth with a walk and was sacrificed over by Gonzalez. After Hernandez took a third strike, Marlins manager Jack McKeon opted to walk
intentionally. But Clement foiled the strategy by slicing a double down the right field line.
"We all have to pitch in and do what we can," Goodwin said. "I can't be like Corey, but I can be a pretty good player for this team. I really feel bad. If I could change places with him, I would do it in a heartbeat."