Johnson shakes off worst outing of season


PHOENIX (AP) -- Randy Johnson said he wasn't aiming for revenge.
His performance in a rematch showed otherwise.

Johnson returned to form against the Padres, pitching four-hit
ball for seven innings Friday night as the Arizona Diamondbacks
beat them 12-0 for their fifth straight win.

"He pitched really well,'' Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly
said. "I don't know what else to say. He pitched very
aggressively. His bread and butter pitch, that four-seam fastball,
was right there tonight.''

Johnson (14-4) was coming off his worst game of the season -- an
eight-hit, eight-run, six-walk performance Sunday in which he
lasted just five innings in the Padres' 11-9 victory.

Johnson had been 8-0 lifetime against San Diego before that loss. But this time,
the Big Unit struck out eight and walked one.

"It's done and over with,'' Johnson said. "I mean, I didn't
anticipate pitching that poorly again. I executed better pitches,
hit my spots, kept the ball out of the middle of the plate where I
didn't do that last time. My mechanics were 10 times better.''

Greg Swindell and Mike Fetters finished up with hitless relief
as the Diamondbacks shut out San Diego for the second straight day.

Steve Finley hit a three-run homer that chased Padres starter
Jake Peavy (2-4) in the fifth inning. Luis Gonzalez also homered
for the Diamondbacks.

"This was a big homestand for us,'' said Gonzalez, who had an
RBI single to go with his solo shot. "We've played well the first
five games of it and (have) two to go, and our offense has been
picking it up.''

David Dellucci and Chad Moeller also drove in two runs apiece.

With a chance to face the same team five days later, Johnson
vowed to do better against the Padres. The four-time Cy Young Award
winner was shaky early, but began to flash his trademark dominance
in the later innings.

Johnson had runners in scoring position each of the first three
innings -- the last time after Gene Kingsale doubled with one out in
the third. But Johnson stranded Kingsale by striking out Julius
Matos and Phil Nevin.

Johnson finally had a perfect inning in the fifth, starting a
span in which he retired nine of 10 batters while cruising with a
9-0 lead.

"That last game was when we had our day, but he came back and
he threw great today,'' San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. "You
give up five runs in the first inning with him pitching, and it's
an uphill battle.''

The Diamondbacks made short work of Peavy, who beat Johnson last
Sunday. The rookie gave up five runs on five hits in the first
inning and had runners on second and third before leadoff hitter
Tony Womack grounded out on Peavy's 39th pitch to end the inning.

Dellucci drove in the first two runs with a double into the gap
and scored on a single by Gonzalez. After Finley's ground-rule
double forced Gonzalez to stop at third and Peavy intentionally
loaded the bases by walking Mark Grace, Moeller delivered a two-run

Gonzalez pulled a belt-high fastball into the right-field seats
in the next inning to make it 6-0.

"I just let it get to me,'' Peavy said. "I was trying to throw
the ball harder and make one pitch to get out of it all, but things
got worse. After that, I just tried to save the bullpen, go as long
as I could to keep these guys off the mound.''

In the seventh, pinch-hitters Jay Bell and Chris Donnells drove
in runs with a grounder and walk, respectively, and Womack hit a
sacrifice fly.

Game notes
Johnson has 3,612 career strikeouts, 28 shy of No. 5 Tom
Seaver (3,640). ... Arizona C Damian Miller was a late scratch from
the lineup after his back spasms flared up during batting practice.
Moeller has been Johnson's catcher three straight times while
Miller was sitting out 11 of the last 13 games. ... Finley was hit
on the left elbow in the seventh inning and left the game, but
X-rays were negative. ... The Padres, shut out an NL-high 16 times
last season, have been blanked 10 times this year and have gone 18
innings without a run.