SAN FRANCISCO – Randy Johnson struck out nine in his 298th career victory, and Randy Winn had three hits and scored three runs in the San Francisco Giants’ 11-7 win over the Washington Nationals on Monday night.
Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 29 games and went 4 for 5 with two homers for the Nationals, including a three-run shot in the ninth.
Zimmerman also hit a solo shot in the sixth off the 6-foot-10 Johnson (3-3), who yielded eight hits and four runs while outdueling 6-foot-9 Daniel Cabrera in the tallest pitching matchup in baseball history.
Travis Ishikawa had three hits and drove in two runs for the Giants, who produced their biggest run total of the season in their 14th victory in 20 games.
Johnson, San Francisco’s 45-year-old left-hander, 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.
Braves 8, Mets 3: At New York, Derek Lowe outlasted Johan Santana in a matchup of aces and Atlanta ended New York’s seven-game winning streak.
Shortstop Jose Reyes’ two-out error in the seventh inning led to four runs, saddling Santana (4-2) with his second loss this season when he did not allow an earned run.
AL: Pavano leads Indians past ChiSox
CLEVELAND – Carl Pavano won his third straight start and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 9-4 on Monday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
Pavano (3-3) allowed four runs and 10 hits over 6 1/3 innings in his first appearance against the White Sox in nearly five years. The right-hander didn’t issue a walk and struck out three.
Shin-Soo Choo and Jhonny Peralta drove in three runs apiece for Cleveland, which had 13 hits.