Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Boston won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, June 8
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Game 2: Saturday, June 9
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Game 3: Sunday, June 10
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Red Sox 1

(40-22, 21-12 away)

Diamondbacks 5

(37-27, 20-14 home)

    4:40 PM ET, June 10, 2007

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: R. Johnson (4-2)

    L: D. Matsuzaka (7-5)

    Johnson, D-Backs get best of Dice-K, Red Sox

    A CLOSER LOOK
    • Summary: Randy Johnson threw six solid innings, and the Diamondbacks beat Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Red Sox.

    Randy Johnson
    Johnson

    • Turning point: The D-Backs blew the game open with three runs in the eighth, scoring two on pitcher Mike Timlin's throwing error.

    • Hero: Carlos Quentin doubled home the eventual game-winner in the sixth.

    • Figure this: The D-Backs moved within percentage points of the Padres for first place in the NL West.

    • Quotable: "I don't think you're going to see a lot of guys saying, 'Randy Johnson pitching, he's getting older, let's run down to the ballpark, let's jump in the batter's box.'" -- Sox manager Terry Francona

    -- ESPN.com news services

    Diamondbacks 5, Red Sox 1

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Randy Johnson knew he had to pitch well to beat Daisuke Matsuzaka.

    Johnson allowed one run in six innings and three relievers did the rest as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-1 Sunday afternoon to salvage the final game of a three-game series.

    Matsuzaka (7-5) gave up two runs in six innings, and that was too many against the stingy Diamondbacks staff.

    "I don't know if that was his best game, but I had to throw my best game, or at least match zeros with him," said Johnson (4-2), who won his fourth straight decision.

    Carlos Quentin doubled home the eventual winning run in the sixth inning, and Eric Byrnes had three hits as the Diamondbacks moved within percentage points of first-place San Diego in the NL West.

    "It was good to get this one," Quentin said. "No one wants to get swept at home."

    Boston's first regular-season visit to the desert attracted three big, boisterous crowds. Sunday's crowd of 46,622 was split between members of Red Sox Nation and home fans decked out in the Diamondbacks' new "Sedona Red."

    Asked about the ongoing chants of "Let's go Red Sox," Johnson grinned and said, "That wasn't Sedona Red up there? I thought it was Sedona Red."

    The Red Sox are used to playing in front of big crowds. But they unraveled in the eighth, when the Diamondbacks scored three runs to blow the game open.

    After Brendan Donnelly gave up a single and Javier Lopez gave up a walk, Mike Timlin picked up Quentin's bunt and threw it down the right field line for an error that allowed two runs to score.

    "I just threw it away," said Timlin, who made his first appearance after more than month on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis. "Bad error. There's really no excuse."

    Chris Young added an RBI single to make it 5-1.

    Boston manager Terry Francona stacked his lineup with seven righties and two switch-hitters. But it didn't matter against the 43-year-old Johnson.

    "I don't think you're going to see a lot of guys saying, 'Randy Johnson pitching, he's getting older, let's run down to the ballpark, let's jump in the batter's box,'" Francona said. "He's got good stuff, had it for a long time."

    Johnson gave up four hits, walked three and struck out nine, throwing a season-high 113 pitches.

    "We were prepared to take him out after 100, 102 (pitches), but he felt good and went back out there," manager Bob Melvin said. "R.J. gave us a little bit more than we actually needed today."

    Jailen Peguero, Tony Pena and Jose Valverde shut the Red Sox out over the final three innings to preserve Johnson's 284th career victory. Johnson won his fourth straight decision.

    "I've pitched against the Red Sox enough that I know they're pretty explosive," said Johnson, who improved to 16-7 lifetime against Boston. "But I had a game plan, stuck to it and made my pitches when I had to."

    Johnson fell behind 1-0 on Mike Lowell's RBI double in the fourth. Down 1-2 in the count, Lowell fouled off three pitches before driving a 3-2 delivery down the left field line, easily scoring Manny Ramirez from first.

    Matsuzaka (7-5) walked two leadoff hitters, and both scored.

    "That seems like the usual pattern for me," Matsuzaka said through a translator.

    In the fourth, Orlando Hudson walked, stole second and scored on Stephen Drew's single. In the sixth, Conor Jackson walked and scored on Quentin's one-out double to center field.

    Matsuzaka allowed two runs on four hits in six innings, walking four and striking out nine.

    "Our team lost, but overall I feel like I'm improving," said Matsuzaka, who lost his third straight decision. "The quality of my pitches is getting better."

    Game notes


    Matsuzaka struck out twice in his first major league plate appearances. "I asked him if he wanted to hit cleanup," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "He said, 'Randy Johnson, no, no.' This might not be a true test." Red Sox fans gave Matsuzaka a standing ovation when he fouled off a pitch before striking out in the fourth. ... Arizona 1B Conor Jackson was charged with an error when umpires ruled that he obstructed Coco Crisp during a first-inning rundown. Crisp had been picked off first by Johnson.

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