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Big Unit gets 298th W, Giants beat Nationals 11-7

May 12, 2009 - 6:40 AM By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer

SAN FRANCISCO(AP) -- While Randy Johnson closes in on a major pitching milestone, he's a bit worried about challenging another San Francisco great's achievements along the way.

"I'm on pace to catch Barry (Bonds) in home runs - giving them up, that is," the 45-year-old left-hander said with a weary sigh.

Although Johnson yielded three more homers and couldn't stop Ryan Zimmerman's 29-game hitting streak, the San Francisco Giants ensured his 298th career victory Monday night with their own offensive barrage in an 11-7 win over the Washington Nationals.

Randy Winn had three hits and scored three runs, while Travis Ishikawa also had three hits and drove in two runs as the Giants produced their biggest run total of the season in their 14th victory in 20 games.

The 6-foot-10 Johnson (3-3) gave up eight hits and four runs while outdueling 6-foot-9 Daniel Cabrera in the tallest pitching matchup in baseball history. Johnson threw five strong innings before fading in the sixth after a long, chilly stroll around the basepaths while the Giants drew five consecutive walks and scored five unearned runs in their eighth straight victory over Washington.

"It was an all-or-nothing kind of night," said Johnson, whose 10 homers allowed lead the majors. "You're going to make mistakes, but it just seems like they're magnified now. I don't get away with as many things as I used to. ... It was a lot of fun to watch our offense, though. I hope it carries over into tomorrow."

His 300th victory now is clearly in sight - and if Johnson can beat the Mets and Johan Santana on Saturday, he would have the chance to hit the milestone in Seattle, where he spent parts of 10 seasons.

"I've never been a part of anything like it," said Ishikawa, a Seattle native who was 5 when the Mariners traded for Johnson in 1989. "It's gratifying because I grew up watching him compete against the best guys. I would watch him every chance I got. If the game wasn't on TV, I'd listen on the radio."

Johnson's three victories in his first season with San Francisco all have been at the Giants' waterfront ballpark, where a record-low 23,934 fans attended the frigid series opener.

Zimmerman went 4 for 5 with two homers for the Nationals, including a solo shot in the sixth off Johnson and a three-run shot in the ninth. He wasted no time extending the longest hitting streak in the Nationals' brief history and the longest by a third baseman in a quarter-century when he slapped a first-inning single.

"He's a big man. I've got legs and arms and everything coming at me," Zimmerman said of Johnson. "His slider looks pretty good, just like it does on TV. I can see why he's been so good."

With his ninth-inning shot off the tin covering on the right-field arcade, Zimmerman improved to 48 for 126 (.381) since the streak began.

Josh Willingham and Ronnie Belliard hit solo homers for Washington, which has the majors' worst record at 10-20.

Cabrera (0-4) gave up eight hits and six walks, including four straight free passes to close his 12th straight start without a victory.

The Giants rallied in the fifth because Willingham terribly misjudged Fred Lewis' two-out fly to left. The ball landed behind Willingham as he ran forward with his glove raised, allowing Pablo Sandoval and Winn to score.

Cabrera, who angrily refused to speak to reporters afterward, immediately fell apart. He issued four straight walks, one intentional. Reliever Logan Kensing then walked Sandoval to put the Giants up 8-2.

"He pitched much better than the numbers showed," Washington manager Manny Acta said. "He ought to be able to put errors behind him and pick up his teammates. He sort of crumbled. He wasn't able to handle the error behind him. This is the big leagues. There's a difference between the minors and majors from the mental aspect. You have to be consistent."

After Zimmerman's two-out homer in the ninth, Washington got two more runners on, forcing the Giants to use closer Brian Wilson. He struck out Willingham on three pitches for his eighth save in 10 opportunities.

Notes: The Big Unit and Cabrera measure a combined 163 inches - one more than the combined heights of Cabrera and Mark Hendrickson on Sept. 1, 2004, in the previous record-holding matchup, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ... Willingham's homer was the 400th allowed in Johnson's career. Jamie Moyer is the only active pitcher to give up more homers.






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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    WASHINGTON 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 7 15 1
    SAN FRANCISCO 0 2 1 0 5 2 0 1 x 11 14 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: WAS - DANIEL CABRERA, LOGAN KENSING (5TH), RON VILLONE (6TH), JOEL
    HANRAHAN (8TH) AND WIL NIEVES
    SFO - RANDY JOHNSON, JUSTIN MILLER (6TH), OSIRIS MATOS
    (8TH), BRAN

    May 12 1:25 AM


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    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY RYAN ZIMMERMAN (8) TO RIGHT WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 9TH OFF OSIRIS MATOS SCORED WIL NIEVES AND WILLIE
    HARRIS.
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 7, SAN FRANCISCO 11
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: A DUNN (.318, 2-FOR-4)

    Nationals 7, Giants 11  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 12 1:15 AM


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    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY OSIRIS MATOS SCORED AARON ROWAND.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, O MATOS ON FIRST, F LEWIS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 4
    SAN FRANCISCO 11 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: E BURRISS (.276, 0-FOR-4, BB, RBI)

    Nationals 4, Giants 11  Bot 8, 0 OutsMay 12 1:03 AM


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    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY TRAVIS ISHIKAWA SCORED AARON ROWAND.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, T ISHIKAWA ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 4
    SAN FRANCISCO 10 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: J MILLER (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Nationals 4, Giants 10  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 12 12:20 AM


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    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY AARON ROWAND SCORED RANDY WINN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A ROWAND ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 4
    SAN FRANCISCO 9 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: F LEWIS (.282, 0-FOR-3)

    Nationals 4, Giants 9  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 12 12:16 AM


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    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ELIJAH DUKES SCORED ADAM DUNN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, E DUKES ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 4
    SAN FRANCISCO 8 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: J WILLINGHAM (.208, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Nationals 4, Giants 8  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 12 12:07 AM


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    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RYAN ZIMMERMAN (7) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF RANDY JOHNSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 3, SAN FRANCISCO 8
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: A DUNN (.306, 0-FOR-2)

    Nationals 3, Giants 8  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 12 12:06 AM


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    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO PABLO SANDOVAL SCORED RANDY JOHNSON.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, P SANDOVAL ON FIRST, E RENTERIA ON SECOND, E
    BURRISS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 2
    SAN FRANCISCO 8 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: B MOLINA (.292, 1-FOR-3)

    Nationals 2, Giants 8  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 12 12:05 AM


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    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO EDGAR RENTERIA SCORED TRAVIS ISHIKAWA.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, E RENTERIA ON FIRST, E BURRISS ON SECOND, R
    JOHNSON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 2
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: P SANDOVAL (.292, 2-FOR-3)

    Nationals 2, Giants 7  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 11 11:51 PM


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    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO EMMANUEL BURRISS SCORED FRED LEWIS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, E BURRISS ON FIRST, R JOHNSON ON SECOND, T
    ISHIKAWA ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 2
    SAN FRANCISCO 6 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: E RENTERIA (.252, 0-FOR-3)

    Nationals 2, Giants 6  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 11 11:48 PM


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    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY JOSH WILLINGHAM ALLOWED PABLO SANDOVAL AND RANDY
    WINN TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, F LEWIS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 2
    SAN FRANCISCO 5 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: T ISHIKAWA (.211, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Nationals 2, Giants 5  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 11 11:41 PM


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    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RONNIE BELLIARD (1) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF RANDY JOHNSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 2, SAN FRANCISCO 3
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: W NIEVES (.167, 0-FOR-1)

    Nationals 2, Giants 3  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 11 11:16 PM


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    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RANDY WINN SCORED PABLO SANDOVAL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R WINN ON FIRST, B MOLINA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 1
    SAN FRANCISCO 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: A ROWAND (.226, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Nationals 1, Giants 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 11 11:03 PM


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    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY TRAVIS ISHIKAWA SCORED FRED LEWIS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, T ISHIKAWA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 1
    SAN FRANCISCO 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: R JOHNSON (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Nationals 1, Giants 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 11 10:46 PM


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    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY DANIEL CABRERA ALLOWED RANDY WINN TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, F LEWIS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 1
    SAN FRANCISCO 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: T ISHIKAWA (.188, 0-FOR-0)

    Nationals 1, Giants 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 11 10:45 PM


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    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JOSH WILLINGHAM (5) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF RANDY JOHNSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 1, SAN FRANCISCO 0
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: R BELLIARD (.143, 0 HR, 1 RBI)

    Nationals 1, Giants 0  Top 2, 0 OutsMay 11 10:33 PM