Final

Series: Game 4 of 4

Arizona won 4-0

Game 1: Friday, August 2
Arizona Postponed
New York
Game 1: Saturday, August 3
Arizona 8Final
in 10
New York 5
Game 2: Saturday, August 3
Arizona 9Final
New York 2
Game 3: Sunday, August 4
Arizona 12Final
New York 7
Game 4: Monday, August 5
Arizona 2Final
New York 0

Diamondbacks 2

(69-43, 34-25 away)

Mets 0

(55-56, 30-28 home)

    1:10 PM ET, August 5, 2002

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    W: R. Johnson (16-4)

    L: S. Estes (4-9)

    Sixteen-game winner Johnson fans 11

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Randy Johnson showed there were no lingering effects from last week's grueling start.

    Randy Johnson

    Randy Johnson is 0-2 with an 8.31 ERA in three starts this season.

    Johnson struck out his first six batters and pitched a two-hitter Monday as the Arizona Diamondbacks completed a four-game sweep with a 2-0 victory over the New York Mets.

    "He was a man on a mission today,'' Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "He threw 149 pitches last time out and it was hot, humid conditions today. We weren't sure what we would get out of him today. The guys in the bullpen were on alert, but Randy handled things by himself.''

    Coming off the longest outing in the majors this year Wednesday in Montreal and pitching in 89-degree heat didn't slow the Big Unit.

    "It might have affected me in the past, but it obviously didn't affect me today,'' he said.

    Johnson (16-4) came within two of Jim Deshaies' record for most strikeouts to start a game and didn't allow a hit through five innings.

    "Today's game was a mental and physical grind,'' Johnson said. "It was a 2-0 ballgame, I threw a lot of pitches the start before, and the weather was tough. I was just really focused to get through the ninth inning.''

    Roger Cedeno's chopper to third base broke up the no-hit bid with no outs in the sixth inning. Matt Williams fielded the ball but had no chance to get the speedy Cedeno, who slid into the base.

    "I just tried to get it over as fast as I could,'' Williams said. "He runs too good.''

    New York's only other hit was a clean single by Mo Vaughn to lead off the seventh.

    Johnson struck out 11 and threw 114 pitches for his first shutout since Opening Day against San Diego and the 32nd of his career.

    "The game dictates what I need to do,'' Johnson said. "If we score a lot of runs, there's no need for me to be out there. But in a 2-0 game when I hadn't thrown a lot of pitches, why not go out if I still feel good?''

    Williams homered and Craig Counsell hit an RBI double off Shawn Estes (4-9) as Arizona won for the 12th time in 14 games.

    The Mets lost their fifth straight and were swept in a four-game series at home for the first time since June 1995 against Philadelphia.

    "It was a tough four-game turnaround,'' manager Bobby Valentine said. "It just shows how fast things can turn around.''

    Johnson's dominance was typified in a sequence to Mike Piazza in the fourth inning.

    Johnson started the at-bat by blowing a 96 mph fastball by the Mets' slugger. Piazza then swung over an 86 mph slider, a pitch that crossed the left-handed batter's box and ended near Piazza's feet. After a foul and a ball, Johnson recorded his seventh strikeout on another wicked slider.

    "In his early years, he was just slinging it up there,'' Vaughn said. "You can see that his motion is really solid. He pinpoints where he wants his pitches to go. Then you add that velocity to that, and he's very tough.''

    Fans gave a loud ovation when John Valentin walked with one out in the fifth for the Mets' first runner, and they cheered batters just for making contact.

    New York's only threat came in the fifth. After Valentin's walk, Joe McEwing hit a grounder to third base. Williams had trouble getting a grip and threw the ball into right field, allowing Valentin to take third on the error.

    Johnson bore down, getting Timo Perez to foul out on a bunt attempt before intentionally walking Rey Ordonez on a 3-1 pitch to load the bases. Johnson fell behind 2-0 to Estes before recovering for his ninth strikeout.

    After going through three subpar starts because of a bad back after the All-Star break, Johnson is back to the form that won him four Cy Young Awards, including three straight.

    He is 3-0 with an 0.36 earned-run average in his past three starts and passed teammate Curt Schilling to retake the major league lead in strikeouts with 226. It was Johnson's 10th double-digit strikeout game of the season and 181st of his career.

    "Under the conditions, for him to go out and dominate the way he did today was remarkable,'' Brenly said. "I've run out of words to describe this guy.''

    The Diamondbacks went ahead in the fifth inning when Quinton McCracken hit a one-out triple and scored on Counsell's double down the right-field line.

    Williams added a solo homer in the sixth, his fourth in 22 career at-bats against Estes, to make it 2-0. The Diamondbacks hit nine homers in the series, tying a franchise record set last year against the Dodgers.

    Game notes


    Estes allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings. He is 1-2 in his last four starts despite a 1.67 ERA. ... McEwing, who has had success against Johnson in the past, went 0-for-3, lowering his career average against the Big Unit to .250 in 24 at-bats. ... Johnson is 33-6 in his last 49 appearances, including the postseason.

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