Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Minnesota won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, July 2
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Arizona5
Game 2: Saturday, July 3
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Arizona4
Game 3: Sunday, July 4
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Twins 2

(43-37, 21-18 away)

Diamondbacks 6

(30-52, 16-26 home)

    4:35 PM ET, July 4, 2004

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    MIN 010000001 2 5 1
    ARI 20200002 - 6 12 1

    W: R. Johnson (10-6)

    L: C. Silva (8-6)

    Johnson will head to 10th All-Star game

    PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks still have a great shot at winning every fifth day, as long as Randy Johnson is on the team.

    Johnson -- named to his 10th All-Star Game -- threw a five-hitter and struck out 10 for his 10th victory and Al Pedrique got his first win as Arizona manager in the Diamondbacks' 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

    "It makes the job a lot easier knowing that the guy was dealing," Pedrique said. "He was under control since the game started."

    As Johnson walked off the field, he handed the ball to Pedrique.

    "I said `Congratulations on your first major-league win," Johnson said.

    Shea Hillenbrand drove in three runs with a triple and home run, and that was plenty of offense for Johnson, who didn't walk a batter and had three-ball count only once. Of his 108 pitches, 78 were strikes. Only one of Minnesota's runs was earned.

    "He made it rough on a few of our hitters," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "They didn't really have too much of a chance, it looked like. We've seen him do that against a lot of people."

    Torii Hunter had never batted against Johnson.

    "He was kind of a different type of pitcher than I thought," Hunter said. "He threw a lot more off-speed and late in the count threw a fastball. He's a good pitcher, man. He's pitching, just blowing guys away. He's pitching."

    Johnson (10-6) won for the first time in four starts, even though he was coming off two strong outings. He struck out eight in his last start to reach 4,000 for his career, but Arizona lost 3-2.

    The complete game was Johnson's third of the season and 38th of his career. Afterwards, he didn't want to talk about speculation that he might ask for a trade to a contender with the Diamondbacks rebuilding.

    "I have no comment on that," he said. "Let's just enjoy the win."

    But he did say his young teammates need to realize what it takes to win.

    "There's a lot that's happened this year. We all know that," Johnson said. "It's not easy for anybody right now, so I think a lot of people just really need to step up. It's time to step up and start being accountable. This is the major leagues now. It's not the minor leagues anymore."

    The Diamondbacks salvaged the third game of the series, winning for just the third time in 16 games. Pedrique won in his third game as manager since Bob Brenly was fired on Friday.

    "It feels nice, very relaxed," Pedrique said. "I feel like the monkey is off my shoulders now."

    Carlos Silva (8-6) gave up four runs on nine hits in six innings for his second loss in a row and third in four starts.

    The Diamondbacks added two insurance runs in the eighth on consecutive triples by Alex Cintron and Quinton McCracken. McCracken scored on his triple off the center field wall when Hunter bobbled the ball.

    Right fielder McCracken misjudged a fly ball by Matthew LeCroy that would have been the final out of the game, allowing Nick Punto to score from third, but Hunter then grounded out to second base to end it.

    Arizona took an early lead with two runs in the fifth. Steve Finley reached on a fielder's choice, took second on a groundout, then was awarded third on a balk.

    Hillenbrand's triple past a diving Michael Restovich in right field scored Silva, then Chad Tracy followed with an RBI double.

    The Twins cut it to 2-1 in the second when consecutive singles by Hunter and Restovich put runners on first and third. Hunter scored when Henry Blanco hit into a double play.

    Johnson shut down the Twins after that, retiring the next 10 batters.

    Hillenbrand's home run came after Twins' second baseman Luis Rivas bobbled the ball on what should have been a double-play grounder that would have ended the third inning. Alomar led off with a single, then Steve Finley flied out. Luis Gonzalez hit a double-play grounder to second, but the ball bounced off Rivas' glove, and all the second baseman could do was pick it up and throw out the batter.

    Alomar advanced to second, then Hillenbrand hit Silva's 1-2 pitch 418 feet to left-center for his eighth home run of the season and a 4-1 lead.

    Game notes


    Arizona's three triples tied a team record. .... Minnesota closer Joe Nathan was named to his first All-Star game. ... Finley and Minnesota's Lew Ford are among the five AL and five NL players who will be voted on via Internet for the last spot on each All-Star team. ... Despite winning two of three in Arizona, the Twins have lost six of eight.

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