Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

NY Mets won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, August 13
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Game 2: Saturday, August 14
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Game 3: Sunday, August 15
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Diamondbacks 2

(36-83, 18-42 away)

Mets 0

(56-60, 31-25 home)

1:10 PM ET, August 15, 2004

Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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W: R. Johnson (12-10)

L: S. Trachsel (10-9)

S: G. Aquino (4)

Diamondbacks' nine-game losing streak ends

NEW YORK (AP) -- Randy Johnson gave the Mets' fans a sarcastic wave as he left the field in the ninth inning to a shower of boos. It took a brief spat with Todd Zeile to rile up the crowd he had silenced most of the afternoon with his dominating performance.

Johnson brought a four-hitter into the ninth inning to help the Arizona Diamondbacks end a nine-game losing streak Sunday, beating Steve Trachsel and the New York Mets 2-0.

Luis Terrero had an RBI single in the sixth and Johnson matched a season high with 14 strikeouts as Arizona won for just the fourth time in 26 road games.

"Randy is one of the most competitive guys in baseball," Diamondbacks manager Al Pedrique said. "It was just the moment of the game. We've been struggling, we're not going to let people walk all over us."

After striking out to end the sixth, Zeile felt Johnson was trying to show him up by glaring at him. Zeile responded by shouting at the 6-foot-10 pitcher and both benches slowly emptied, but Johnson and Zeile never got near each other. Johnson grounded out in the seventh and passed by Zeile without even a glance.

"I don't think he needs to stare you down and show you up after a strikeout," Zeile said. "After all the strikeouts he's got, 4,000 and something, he doesn't have to do that."

Johnson, who faced Zeile when they were in college, didn't want to make too much of the exchange.

"I think he thought I was trying to scare him," Johnson said. "We were just battling."

In a matchup of contrasting styles, the overpowering Johnson outpitched the finicky Trachsel through a steady but light rain, the tepid aftereffects of Hurricane Charley.

"Our defense played good behind me, too, throwing the wet ball around," Johnson said.

Both pitchers shut down patchwork lineups. The Diamondbacks have 13 players on the disabled list, and the Mets have three key members of their lineup out: Mike Piazza, Jose Reyes and Kaz Matsui, who went on the DL on Sunday.

Making his first start in New York since the Yankees failed to acquire him before the July 31 trade deadline, Johnson (12-10) retired the first 10 Mets before allowing an opposite-field single to right by Joe McEwing.

He didn't have any added incentive pitching in New York, though.

"I'd like to do this my next start at home, it doesn't matter where I do it," Johnson said. "Where I do it has no meaning."

Johnson was never in any real trouble in his 8 1-3 innings, never allowing a runner to reach third base. He gave up a double to Mike Cameron with one out in the seventh, but Cameron, running on his own decision, was thrown out trying to steal third. Mets manager Art Howe was ejected by third-base umpire Andy Fletcher for arguing the call.

"We caught Randy on the wrong day," Howe said. "He was throwing everything for strikes."

It was Johnson's eighth double-digit strikeout game this season and 199th of his career -- he also struck out 14 on July 25 versus Colorado. Johnson has 202 strikeouts for the season, the 12th time he's had at least 200 in his 17-year career.

Johnson told Pedrique he was tiring after the eighth, so when he gave up his fifth hit with one out in the ninth Greg Aquino relieved and got two outs for his fourth save.

Trachsel (10-9), whose fastball hardly ever reaches 90 mph, made it through the first four innings unscathed despite giving up five hits.

"The biggest key was the conditions, "Trachsel said. "I think that was the thing that affected me most, just trying to keep your hand dry."

In the second, Zeile started a double play by cutting off a ball in the hole between first and second. Terrero then doubled but was thrown out stealing by catcher Jason Phillips.

And Trachsel worked out of his own jam in the third. After giving up two hits to start the inning, he struck out two between a flyout.

Trachsel hit Alex Cintron in the right thigh with a pitch starting the sixth and gave up a one-out single to Shea Hillenbrand that put runners on first and second. A fielder's choice by Chad Tracy moved the runners up and Terrero followed with an RBI single to left.

Scott Hairston added a run-scoring single in the seventh off reliever Mike DeJean after Trachsel gave up two hits with two outs.

Trachsel gave up nine hits and two runs in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out five, hit two batters but walked none.

Game notes


Nolan Ryan has the most double-digit strike out games with 215. Johnson is second. ... It was Howe's third ejection this season. ... Diamondbacks OF Danny Bautista was given a day off, despite being 3-for-6 against Trachsel. ... The Mets called up 1B Craig Brazell from Triple-A Norfolk to fill Matsui's spot.

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