|Arizona (37-27) «||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||3||x||5||7||1|
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.
"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.
"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."
"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.
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."
|Big Unit nearly matches Dice-K pitch for pitch, as both strike out nine in six innings. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Boston Red Sox|
|Julio Lugo, SS||5||0||1||0||0||2||1||.213|
|Coco Crisp, CF||5||0||1||0||0||1||3||.224|
|Kevin Youkilis, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.336|
|Manny Ramirez, LF||1||1||0||0||3||1||1||.291|
|Jason Varitek, C||4||0||0||0||0||3||4||.267|
|Mike Lowell, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.312|
|Wily Mo Pena, RF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.241|
|a- J.D. Drew, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.244|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.316|
|Daisuke Matsuzaka, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||3||.000|
|b- Alex Cora, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.287|
|Brendan Donnelly, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Javier Lopez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Timlin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Eric Hinske, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.177|
|a-flied out for Pena in the 9th|
|b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Matsuzaka in the 7th|
|c-walked for Timlin in the 9th|
|2B - Mike Lowell (18, R. Johnson)|
|SH - Alex Cora (4)|
|RBI - Mike Lowell (47)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|E - Mike Lowell (11, Misplayed grounder), Mike Timlin (1, Throwing), Jason Varitek (5, Throwing)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Daisuke Matsuzaka (L,7-5)||6||4||2||2||4||9||0||4.52|
|Pitches-Strikes - Daisuke Matsuzaka 120-78, Brendan Donnelly 14-10, Javier Lopez 6-2, Mike Timlin 19-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daisuke Matsuzaka 3-7, Brendan Donnelly 1-2, Mike Timlin 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Daisuke Matsuzaka 27, Brendan Donnelly 5, Javier Lopez 1, Mike Timlin 6|
|Eric Byrnes, LF||5||0||3||0||0||0||2||.319|
|Chris Young, CF||5||0||1||1||0||1||3||.253|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||3||1||0||0||2||2||3||.291|
|Chad Tracy, 3B-1B||4||0||0||0||0||3||4||.299|
|Conor Jackson, 1B||2||2||1||0||2||0||0||.283|
|Jose Valverde, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Stephen Drew, SS||3||1||1||1||1||0||1||.240|
|Carlos Quentin, RF||3||1||1||1||0||1||0||.217|
|Chris Snyder, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||4||.216|
|Randy Johnson, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.067|
|a- Tony Clark, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.226|
|Jailen Peguero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tony Pena, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|b- Mark Reynolds, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.318|
|a-struck out for R. Johnson in the 6th|
|b-popped out for Pena in the 8th|
|2B - Eric Byrnes (13, Matsuzaka), Carlos Quentin (12, Matsuzaka)|
|SH - Carlos Quentin (1)|
|RBI - Chris Young (23), Stephen Drew (26), Carlos Quentin (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chris Young (8)|
|SB - Eric Byrnes (12, 3rd base off Matsuzaka/Varitek), Orlando Hudson (3, 2nd base off Matsuzaka/Varitek)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|E - Conor Jackson (5, Interference)|
|Randy Johnson (W,4-2)||6||4||1||1||3||9||0||3.52|
|Jailen Peguero (H,1)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Tony Pena (H,13)||1||0||0||0||1||2||0||2.67|
|IBB - Pedroia by Randy Johnson|
|Pitches-Strikes - Randy Johnson 113-71, Jailen Peguero 10-7, Tony Pena 20-11, Jose Valverde 24-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Johnson 6-3, Jailen Peguero 2-1, Jose Valverde 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Randy Johnson 25, Jailen Peguero 4, Tony Pena 4, Jose Valverde 5|
|Attendance - 46622|
|Game Time - 3:41|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg|