Arizona (35-78) at Montreal (44-66)

Cloudy Currently: Montreal, QC, CA
Temp: 45° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Tue Aug 10, 2004
  • TV: FSAZ, SCOR
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Randy Johnson looks to win two straight starts for the first time in nearly two months, and put an end to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ four-game losing streak when they open a three-game set with the Montreal Expos.

With all the trade rumors finally behind him, Johnson made his first start Wednesday since the July 31 deadline passed. The left-hander didn’t pitch that well against Florida, but the Diamondbacks finally scored some runs for him in an 11-6 win.

Johnson gave up five runs, seven hits and two walks over six innings while matching a season low for strikeouts with four. He received just 10 runs of support in his previous five starts, going 0-3.

Johnson, who hasn’t posted consecutive victories since winning six straight from May 18-June 13, will be trying to halt Arizona’s recent skid.

“All I want to do is win and play and have fun,” Johnson said. “I would like to go out and get some wins for this team.”

The Diamondbacks, owners of the worst record in the majors, have been outscored 32-13 during their four-game losing streak and have dropped 41 of their last 50.

Montreal has the second-worst record in the NL, but has been playing well over the last few weeks. The Expos are 22 games under .500, but they’ve gone 11-5 since July 22.

Montreal beat Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros 5-2 on Sunday for its fifth win in eight games. The victory gave the Expos a 13-10 record since the All-Star break.

“It’s amazing,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said. “They’re putting it all together now. They’re playing winning baseball. I can’t say enough about them. They’re just playing nice and relaxed. They’re underdogs every day and they go out there like they don’t understand that.”

Montreal outscored Arizona 15-4 in sweeping a three-game set at Bank One Ballpark from May 14-16. The Expos haven’t won a season series with the Diamondbacks since taking five of the nine meetings in 2000.

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