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Unit's possible last D-Backs start goes wrong

DENVER (AP) -- Randy Johnson hasn't let trade rumors affect him
on the mound.

But "Tradegate" is starting to take a toll on him mentally.

Johnson allowed four runs and struck out six in what might have
been his last start for Arizona, then vented his frustrations after
the Colorado Rockies beat him and the Diamondbacks 4-1 Friday
night.

"Everything just takes a life of it's own," Johnson said. "I
feel like I'm in a fish bowl, which is really unfortunate because
all I want to do is win and play and have fun. The only thing that
is missing in `Tradegate' is the paparazzi in my back yard or
collecting garbage out of my garbage can."

Rumors have been circulating for weeks about where Johnson will
end up. The latest has him headed to either Anaheim, the New York
Yankees or the Dodgers before Saturday's non-waiver trade deadline.

There also have been stories that Johnson gave the Diamondbacks
a short list of teams he'd go to, that he has vetoed potential
deals and that he wanted a contract extension.

And it's starting to wear him out.

"I'm kind of getting tired of everybody writing their own
little story," Johnson said. "I haven't said anything since the
All-Star break about this and it's taking a life of its own. If
this was a tin can filled with water there would be no water in the
can, there are so many holes."

At least the speculation hasn't seemed to bother the left-hander
while he's pitching.

Johnson gave up a leadoff single to Aaron Miles in the first
inning, but didn't allow another baserunner over the next five. The
Rockies finally broke through against Johnson in the seventh
inning, with Royce Clayton leading off with his seventh homer.

Johnson (10-9) struck out Todd Helton and Vinny Castilla, but
Larry Walker and Preston Wilson followed with singles. Matt
Holliday then hit a high fly down the line that right fielder Danny
Bautista couldn't come up with. Two runs scored on the triple and
Todd Greene followed with a run-scoring double to make it 4-1.

Johnson was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning after
allowing six hits and no walks in his second straight frustrating
start against Jason Jennings and the Rockies. The Big Unit is 0-3
in his last five starts despite allowing nine earned runs over 34
innings.

"I would like to go out and I guess get some wins for this
team," Johnson said. "That's my objective. Everything else is out
of my control."

Including the way Jennings has pitched against him.

Colorado beat Arizona 3-2 on Sunday after the Diamondbacks'
bullpen blew a dominating performance by Johnson -- 14 strikeouts in
eight scoreless innings -- in the ninth inning.

Johnson wasn't as good this time around, but Jennings (10-8)
was.

The right-hander gave up plenty of baserunners in the first
couple of innings, but that's nothing new. He worked around most of
the trouble -- again -- allowing a run on Bautista's RBI single in
the third inning and not much else.

Jennings got out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning and
didn't come out for the eighth after allowing nine hits with four
walks to join Pedro Astacio as the only Rockies pitchers to win 10
games in three straight seasons. Jennings allowed one run in eight
innings against Arizona on Sunday and has won four of his past five
decisions.

"It almost felt like a carbon copy of the game in Arizona,"
said Jennings, 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA against Arizona this season.
"We were really close for seven innings and when we were able to
get a few runs, we did it."

Shawn Chacon finished for his 24th save in 31 chances to finish
off Colorado's sixth win in nine games, but the Rockies are hoping
to make a bit of trade news as well.

Colorado agreed to a deal that would send catcher Charles
Johnson to the Dodgers, but it hasn't gone through because Johnson
was still deciding if he wants to waive his no-trade clause.

Johnson didn't play against Arizona and said he probably won't
make a decision until just before the trade deadline.

"I haven't told them what I'm going to do yet," he said. "I'm
still in the process of thinking about it."

Arizona center fielder Steve Finley, also rumored to be on the
trading block, was 1-for-3. Chad Tracy was 3-for-4 for the
Diamondbacks, who stranded 11 runners and lost for the 17th time in
19 games.

Game notes
Rockies manager Clint Hurdle turned 47 Friday. ... Wilson
was charged with an error in the fifth when he dropped Bautista's
flyball, but made up for it with a diving catch in the gap to end
the inning. ... Astacio won 10 games from 1998-00. ... Bautista
came out in the eighth inning after aggravating a left hamstring
strain.