The Florida rookie allowed two hits in seven shutout innings and
Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run double to help the Marlins beat the
Diamondbacks 4-1 Friday night.
Johnson (10-6) struck out six and walked three to become the
fourth Florida rookie, and second this season, to win at least 10
games in a season. Rookie Ricky Nolasco, who starts against Arizona
on Sunday, is 10-7.
"This was probably the best I've felt all year," Johnson said.
"I felt powerful, I felt like I could stand back on the rubber and
it was downhill."
The 22-year-old right-hander allowed five runs and eight hits in
three innings in a 10-2 loss to the Dodgers last Saturday.
"It's just kind of what our young players have done," manager
Joe Girardi said. "Whether it's the offense, the defense, the
team, when they have a tough game, they bounce back. That's a good
sign, that's a sign they're maturing and they're not making too
much of one day, one outing, a couple of days, a couple of
Hernandez (9-9), acquired this week in a trade with Washington
to shore up the Diamondbacks' shaky rotation, allowed four runs and
10 hits in a season-high eight innings.
"I felt good," he said. "I made a mistake with Cabrera. I
tried to throw the fastball up and he jumped at it. That was the
ballgame right there. I think that was the only mistake I made."
Hernandez had won three straight starts for the Nationals before
coming to Arizona.
"When you don't give him much run support, it makes it a little
more difficult," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. "But boy
he was throwing the ball where he wanted to and was economical with
his pitches. Really the one hit that hurt him was Cabrera, and that
was just good hitting."
Joe Borowski pitched a perfect ninth for his 25th save in 28
Johnson's ERA fell to 2.69, which moves him ahead of Arizona's
Brandon Webb (2.74) for best ERA in the National League.
"Ten wins in the big leagues my first year, I'll take that
anytime," Johnson said.
The only hits he allowed were singles by Johnny Estrada in the
second and Stephen Drew in the third.
"The ball just kind of jumps on you, and he had a good slider
he was throwing down and in to the lefties, a good changeup at
times," Melvin said. "Really, we hadn't been stifled like that
for a while."
All of Florida's runs came with two outs.
"You've got to give them credit but the bottom line is we
didn't come ready to play tonight," Arizona's Eric Byrnes said.
"We hadn't seen him before and he's got good stuff but this is the
major leagues and I don't think we really showed up tonight. It
seemed like we were going through the motions a little bit, and I'm
definitely at fault."
Cabrera doubled in Johnson and Ramirez in the seventh to make it
The other Florida rookies to win 10 games were Dontrelle
Willis in 2003 and Brian Meadows in 1998. ... Webb (12-4) makes his
first start since July 31 on Saturday night. He sat out a turn in
the rotation with a sore right shoulder. ... Hudson went 0-for-4 to
snap a 10-game hitting streak. ... Arizona 1B Conor Jackson has not
played since being hit in the forearm by a pitch Monday night
against San Francisco. ... Johnson's victory was the 36th by a
Marlins rookie, most in the majors this season. ... The game lasted
2 hours, 12 minutes.