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TORONTO (AP)—Randy Johnson hasn’t stopped winning since pitching a perfect game, and now he’s tied for the most wins in the majors.

Johnson struck out 11 and won his sixth straight start, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

Johnson (9-4) started his streak with his perfect game against Atlanta on May 18. The 40-year-old left-hander is tied with 41-year-old Roger Clemens and 39-year-old Kenny Rogers for the most wins in the big leagues.

“I don’t get too wrapped up with the run that I’m on,” Johnson said. “I just want to go out there and try to pitch a quality game every time I’m out there, and if you do that, you can get on a streak like this.”

It was the 196th time Johnson has struck out 10 or more in a game. He allowed two runs on six hits and two walks in six-plus innings.

He settled down after allowing two runs in the first.

“If you throw out the first and seventh, everything in-between was pretty good,” Johnson said. “We recovered from the first inning and played good ball.”

Mike Koplove allowed one run in two innings of relief. Randy Choate got the first two outs of the ninth, and Jose Valverde retired pinch-hitter Howie Clark for his eighth save in 10 chances.

Scott Hairston homered for the Diamondbacks, who completed their first winning road trip of the season (4-2).

“Any time you make a long trip like this to the East Coast, playing against two teams that we knew little about, to come away with four wins is very acceptable,” said Arizona manager Bob Brenly, whose team also took two of three from Baltimore.

Toronto shortstop Chris Woodward allowed the tying and go-ahead runs to score in the second inning when a groundball skipped past him into left field.

“You can’t give them two extra runs in a game, especially against Randy Johnson,” Woodward said.

Frank Menechino led off the bottom of the first with a homer off Johnson. Gregg Zaun later hit an RBI double, giving Toronto a 2-0 lead.

Luis Gonzalez and Shea Hillenbrand hit consecutive singles off Ted Lilly (5-3) in the second before Lilly walked Tim Olson, loading the bases.

Doug DeVore followed with a hard grounder to Menechino at second base, but he couldn’t turn a double play after bobbling the ball. Menechino threw to first, allowing Gonzalez to score on DeVore’s RBI grounder.

Robby Hammock followed with a groundball to Woodward, who allowed two unearned runs to score on his error.

Hairston homered off Lilly in the seventh.

Lilly allowed four runs—two earned—and six hits in 6 1-3 innings, losing for the first time since April 21 against Boston—a span of 10 starts.

“I thought we played a decent game,” Lilly said. “Matching up against a guy like Randy I knew we had to battle.”

Zaun’s RBI single cut Arizona’s lead to 4-3 in the eighth, but Finley hit anRBI single in the ninth.


The Blue Jays have lost three of four. … Menechino homered in his second straight game. … Johnson is 13-4 in his career against Toronto. …Lilly won his previous five decisions.

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