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.
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
"The biggest key was the conditions, "Trachsel said. "I think
that was the thing that affected me most, just trying to keep your
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
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
Trachsel gave up nine hits and two runs in 6 2-3 innings. He
struck out five, hit two batters but walked none.
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.