Johnson records 36th career shutout


SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Randy Johnson returned to peak form and shut
out the San Diego Padres with ease.

Johnson pitched a two-hitter for his first win of the season and
added a two-run double to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-0
victory Friday night.

"It was vintage Randy Johnson," Diamondbacks manager Bob
Brenly said. "He had a great fastball. The slider kind of came and
went, but he had a tremendous split-finger. He was very aggressive,
and they were swinging at a lot of early pitches."

Johnson (1-1) had eight strikeouts and one walk in recording his
36th career shutout. He allowed only one runner to reach second
base and set down his last 16 batters after allowing a two-out
single to Ramon Hernandez in the fourth inning.

"It was great defense, first and foremost. I could pick my
spots," Johnson said. "Their team seems to be a bit more
aggressive. Throwing strikes was big for me because they were
putting the ball in play. That was one reason that I had the
stamina that I had -- because I didn't labor."

Johnson threw 116 pitches, including 80 strikes.

"There was never a doubt in my mind that he was going to finish
that game unless he asked me to take him out, and he'll never do
that," Brenly said. "It was fun to see Randy do what he has done
so well for so many years."

The Diamondbacks, who won their second game in a row following
five straight losses, took a 5-0 lead with three runs in the sixth
off reliever Antonio Osuna. Johnson doubled off the right-field
wall to score the first two runs of the inning, batting for the
second time in the game with the bases loaded.

"Even if balls aren't close, I'm going to swing," Johnson
said. "When you come up two times with the bases loaded, you
better either come up with a hit, put the ball in play, or pitch
really well. The bat hit the ball, and it was a fun game."

San Diego, blanked for the first time this season, lost its
third straight.

"It was typical fashion (for Johnson)," said Brian Buchanan,
who singled for the first Padres hit. "He got stronger as the game
went on. It was just one of those games that he had it going."

Jake Peavy (0-1) dropped his sixth straight start against the
Diamondbacks, extending to July 26, 2002. He gave up two runs and
four hits in five innings, making 105 pitches.

"A couple of leadoff walks hurt him, but overall he made a good
adjustment and pitched good enough to win," Padres manager Bruce
Bochy said. "We just ran into a well-pitched ballgame."

Although he had a season-high six strikeouts, Peavy issued four
walks, two more than he allowed in his previous two starts combined
this season.

Arizona's Steve Finley drew a leadoff walk in the fifth and
scored when Roberto Alomar followed with a double for a 2-0 lead.
Finley added a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Johnson, who improved his career record to 13-2 against the
Padres, entered with a 5.54 ERA in two starts. In his previous
outing, he gave up five runs in seven innings and got a no-decision
in a 6-5 loss to St. Louis on Sunday.

It helped this time, he noted, to pitch at spacious Petco Park.

"You can be a little more aggressive by throwing the ball out
over the plate a little more," Johnson said. "You don't have to
hit your spots quite as much. That was the case this time."

The Diamondbacks opened the scoring in the second when Alex
Cintron drew a leadoff walk, advanced to third on a single by Shea
Hillenbrand and scored on a forceout.

Game notes
San Diego's Mark Loretta and Sean Burroughs each had a
nine-game hitting streak snapped. ... The Diamondbacks ended a
streak of four straight losses to San Diego, their longest skid
ever against the Padres. ... San Diego had runners on first and
second in the fourth with two outs, but Johnson got Buchanan to hit
into a force play.