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23 years later, another Johnson gets his first win for O's

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On Aug. 8, 1989, Baltimore Orioles right-hander Dave Johnson threw a complete game to earn his first major league win.

Exactly 23 years later, Johnson's son, Steve, made his first major league start for Baltimore -- and he earned his first major league win.

Steve Johnson, 24, carried a shutout into the sixth against the Seattle Mariners after striking out the side in the first. He departed having allowed two runs on a sixth-inning homer, one of the five hits he allowed in six innings. He walked two and struck out nine on 97 pitches during Baltimore's 9-2 victory.

It was Johnson's second career appearance, as his big-league debut came in relief last month.

He allowed hits in each of the first three innings before throwing 1-2-3 frames in the fourth and fifth.

Johnson, a Baltimore native, was a fan favorite from the moment the club acquired him from the Dodgers in a deal that sent then-closer George Sherrill to Los Angeles in 2008.

Johnson is primarily considered a long- or middle-relief prospect, but Wednesday's outing showed that he's gained some command in recent years, and it put him in the running for another start.
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