DENVER (AP) -- Randy Johnson ended his season feeling positive
about regaining his dominant form.
Johnson beat Colorado for the eighth straight time and Danny
Bautista homered twice to back him as the Arizona Diamondbacks won
6-3 over the Rockies on Wednesday night.
"I'm still encouraged," said Johnson, who missed much of the
year due to arthroscopic surgery May 1 on his right knee. "Had I
not pitched well coming off my surgery, I'd be discouraged, but I
saw a lot of good signs since coming back that I will build off
Johnson (6-8) allowed two runs on seven hits and improved to 8-0
in his past nine starts against Colorado. Johnson is 13-4 in 18
starts against the Rockies and hasn't lost to them since June 24,
Matt Mantei pitched a perfect ninth for his 27th save in 30
"My velocity has come back because I have been throwing more
fastballs since my surgery than I did coming out of spring
training," Johnson said. "I felt my velocity was down a little
bit then, and I was worried about my offspeed stuff being there."
Bautista drove in three runs and was 3-for-4. It was his third
career multihomer game.
Uribe's came on a hanging slider.
"It was a slider up and I took the approach I take on every
pitch," Uribe said. "I just swing and swing at the ball."
Johnson escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning. After
walking Helton with two outs, Preston Wilson singled to right and
Johnson hit Larry Walker with a pitch before getting Jay Payton to
ground out to the shortstop.
"The window of opportunity is always pretty small with him on
the mound and with the bases loaded we could have made a mark there
and weren't able to." Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "Those
are opportunities to capitalize on and we weren't able to do it."
The Diamondbacks scored twice in a second inning that included a
two-out RBI single by Johnson. Back-to-back doubles by Shea
Hillenbrand and Alex Cintron scored a run and Johnson drove in
Cintron with a broken-bat blooper to right after Robby Hammock was
Colorado tied it at 2 in the third inning on Uribe's two-run
homer. Ronnie Belliard doubled and Uribe hit the first pitch he saw
into the left field seats.
Arizona regained the lead in the fourth on Bautista's homer. He
later tripled and scored on Craig Counsell's fly in the sixth to
increase the lead to 4-2.
"This was a huge game for Danny Bautista," Arizona manager Bob
Brenly said. "We knew he was going to break out. It's just too bad
it's happening in the last week of the season."<
^Notes: @ Arizona RHP Curt Schilling is done for the season. He was
on the disabled list twice this year. An appendectomy forced him
out from April 18-May 2, and he missed 38 games from May 31-July 11
because of a fractured right hand. Arizona was eliminated Tuesday
night. ... The Diamondbacks were 0-3 in three previous games
started by Jimenez, who had a 0.38 ERA in those starts. ... RHP
Jason Jennings was released after five days in the hospital with a
virus. ... Colorado is four walks from the franchise record of 601
drawn in 2000.