Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 0
PHOENIX (AP)—Randy Johnson looked like his recovery from knee surgery was complete.
“I’d like to think that I have a lot of these games left in me,” said the five-time Cy Young Award winner, who turned 40 last week. “It’s been a long season, a very frustrating season.”
Johnson (5-8) allowed just two runners—on a fourth-inning walk to Garret Atkins and a fifth-inning single by Rene Reyes, who poked a one-out grounder into right field on an 0-2 pitch.
Johnson got his first complete game since beating Colorado last Sept. 28 and his 35th shutout, his first since Sept. 14 last year against Milwaukee. It was his first one-hitter since July 16, 1998, against Minnesota.
“He had it all going,” manager Bob Brenly said. “Tremendous command of all his pitches, very aggressive with his fastball, tremendous velocity, had that back-foot slider going again, and he was angry. Somebody must have dropped his donut this morning, because he went out there with a little bit of attitude.”
The Big Unit, 1-4 in six previous starts, looked more comfortable than he had been on the mound since the operation on his right knee May 1. Johnson, who returned from the disabled list July 19, also had two hits and scored the first run.
He had his 190th double-digit strikeout game, only the third this season. Only Nolan Ryan (215) has more.
“Today, just his conviction—the way he went at it, the way he went after every pitch—was unbelievable,” catcher Robby Hammock said.
Preston Wilson, who leads the major leagues with 136 RBIs, struck out three times. Colorado manager Clint Hurdle held out left-handed sluggers Todd Helton (a .179 hitter against Johnson) and Larry Walker (a .391 hitter against the Big Unit).
“He’s had some success against him in the past, but he’s played through multiple injuries this season, and for us to make sure he finishes the season we need to pick our spots,” Hurdle said of Walker.
Raul Mondesi hit a two-run homer for the second straight game, and Luis Gonzalez had a three-run double—both during a five-run third inning against Jason Jennings (12-13). Arizona moved within 6 1/2 games of Florida, the NL wild-card leader, with 12 games left.
Mondesi, who was 2-for-2 with a walk, sprained his left ankle trying to stretch a single to a double in the fourth inning and was replaced in right field by Danny Bautista. Mondesi has 22 homers, six since Arizona acquired him from the New York Yankees.
Jennings lost for the first time in four starts, allowing five runs in five innings. He gave up 12 hits, matching his season high.
“One inning got out of hand, and other than that I thought the rest was halfway decent,” Jennings said.
Colorado’s first runner came on Atkins’ one-out walk in the fourth. After Johnson allowed the hit to Reyes, he struck out Charles Johnson and picked off the runner for the final out of the inning. Johnson then retired his final 12batters.
Mondesi’s injury was diagnosed as a mild sprain, and X-rays were negative. He was listed as day to day and was to be re-evaluated Tuesday in Los Angeles. … As a batter, Johnson had his seventh career two-hit game, his second this year (April 5 at Colorado). … Johnson also struck out 12 againstthe Mets on April 27.