TORONTO (AP) -- Randy Johnson hasn't stopped winning since
pitching a perfect game, and now he's tied for the most wins in the
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
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."
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.
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
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 an RBI 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.