Arizona (35-83) at New York (56-59)

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  • Game info: 1:10 pm EDT Sun Aug 15, 2004
  • TV: KTVK, WPIX
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Randy Johnson hasn’t been his usual dominant self of late. Then again, he hasn’t been getting much help from his teammates.

Johnson will try to help the Arizona Diamondbacks snap their nine-game losing streak when they conclude their three-game series with the New York Mets at Shea Stadium.

Johnson allowed three runs and five hits over six innings in Tuesday’s 4-0 loss to Montreal—his sixth loss in eight decisions. The hard-throwing left-hander allowed all of the runs in the first two innings but settled down nicely.

“I started going to some more off-speed stuff, and that’s why I got all the ground balls,” he said. “I made the adjustment a little bit late, but nevertheless, I made it.”

Johnson won six straight starts from May 18-June 13 but has won just twice since. He has allowed at least three runs in each of his last six losses, but Arizona has scored just nine runs in those games.

The Diamondbacks have scored two or fewer runs in four of Johnson’s last five starts. They scored 11 in his win over Florida on Aug. 4.

“We haven’t given the guy enough run support,” manager Al Pedrique said. “Even if we were behind 3-0 tonight, I thought he regrouped himself and threw the ball well.”

The Diamondbacks lost 4-3 to left-hander Al Leiter and the Mets on Saturday. Scott Hairston homered in the second inning, giving Arizona its first lead in a game since Aug. 7.

Cliff Floyd homered and drove in three runs for the Mets, who have won three straight and four of their last five. Floyd entered the game with a .368 batting average against Arizona—the third-highest lifetime average for anyone with 100 at-bats against the Diamondbacks.

Saturday’s game was played in a light drizzle, and Sunday’s game is in danger of being postponed because of rain from Hurricane Charley. Pedrique said that would be fine with him.

“I think it would be a good thing mentally so we could keep these guys off the field at least for a day and mentally give them a break and go back home and be rested and hopefully have a good homestand,” he said.

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