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SAN FRANCISCO -- 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 home runs and couldn't stop Ryan Zimmerman's 29-game hitting streak, the San Francisco Giants ensured his 298th career win Monday night with their own offensive barrage in an 11-7 victory against 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 consecutive victory against Washington.
"It was an all-or-nothing kind of night," said Johnson, whose 10 home runs 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 home runs 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.
Cabrera (0-4) gave up eight hits and six walks, including four free passes in a row to close his 12th consecutive start without a victory.
The Giants rallied in the fifth because Willingham terribly misjudged Fred Lewis' fly to left with two outs. The ball landed behind Willingham as he ran forward with his glove raised -- Pablo Sandoval and Winn scored on the gaffe.
Cabrera, who angrily refused to speak to reporters afterward, immediately fell apart. He issued four walks in a row, one intentional. Reliever Logan Kensing then walked Sandoval, which pushed San Francisco's lead to 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 home run with two outs 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.
|Ryan Zimmerman extends his hitting streak and goes 4-for-5 with two home runs. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Cristian Guzman, SS||5||0||2||0||0||2||2||.378|
|Nick Johnson, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||2||4||.307|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||5||2||4||4||0||0||1||.363|
|Adam Dunn, RF||4||1||2||0||1||1||3||.318|
|Elijah Dukes, CF||5||0||2||1||0||2||4||.275|
|Josh Willingham, LF||5||1||1||1||0||3||5||.196|
|Ronnie Belliard, 2B||3||1||1||1||0||0||1||.158|
|Ron Villone, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Austin Kearns, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.243|
|Joel Hanrahan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Wil Nieves, C||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.190|
|Daniel Cabrera, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.000|
|Logan Kensing, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Willie Harris, 2B||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.250|
|a-struck out for Villone in the 8th|
|2B - Elijah Dukes (6, R. Johnson)|
|HR - Ryan Zimmerman 2 (8, R. Johnson, Matos), Josh Willingham (5, R. Johnson), Ronnie Belliard (1, R. Johnson)|
|RBI - Ryan Zimmerman 4 (26), Elijah Dukes (20), Josh Willingham (7), Ronnie Belliard (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman 3 (8), Ronnie Belliard (2)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Belliard-Guzman-N. Johnson|
|E - Josh Willingham (1, Dropped fly)|
|Daniel Cabrera (L,0-4)||4.2||8||8||3||6||3||0||4.98|
|IBB - Ishikawa by Daniel Cabrera|
|HBP - Winn (by Daniel Cabrera)|
|WP - Daniel Cabrera (8)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Cabrera 93-51, Logan Kensing 12-4, Ron Villone 22-15, Joel Hanrahan 25-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Cabrera 7-4, Ron Villone 4-1, Joel Hanrahan 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Daniel Cabrera 29, Logan Kensing 4, Ron Villone 7, Joel Hanrahan 6|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Emmanuel Burriss, 2B||5||0||0||1||1||0||6||.274|
|Edgar Renteria, SS||4||0||0||1||1||1||1||.250|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||4||2||2||1||1||1||0||.289|
|Bengie Molina, C||5||0||1||0||0||0||4||.287|
|Randy Winn, RF||4||3||3||1||0||0||0||.261|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||3||2||2||1||2||1||2||.240|
|Fred Lewis, LF||5||2||1||0||0||0||3||.286|
|Travis Ishikawa, 1B||4||1||3||2||1||1||2||.219|
|Randy Johnson, P||2||1||1||0||1||0||1||.083|
|Justin Miller, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Osiris Matos, P||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||1.000|
|Brandon Medders, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Wilson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Pablo Sandoval (8, Cabrera), Aaron Rowand 2 (8, Kensing, Hanrahan), Travis Ishikawa (3, Cabrera)|
|RBI - Emmanuel Burriss (6), Edgar Renteria (14), Pablo Sandoval (11), Randy Winn (13), Aaron Rowand (13), Travis Ishikawa 2 (11), Osiris Matos (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Emmanuel Burriss (4), Edgar Renteria (8), Pablo Sandoval (3), Travis Ishikawa (7), Osiris Matos (1)|
|SB - Randy Winn (5, 2nd base off Cabrera/Nieves)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Burriss-Ishikawa|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Randy Johnson (W,3-3)||5||8||4||4||0||9||3||5.89|
|Brian Wilson (S,8)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.18|
|WP - Randy Johnson (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Randy Johnson 84-56, Justin Miller 21-15, Osiris Matos 43-30, Brandon Medders 5-3, Brian Wilson 3-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Johnson 3-3|
|Batters Faced - Randy Johnson 23, Justin Miller 7, Osiris Matos 10, Brandon Medders 1, Brian Wilson 1|
|Attendance - 23934|
|Game Time - 3:10|
|Temperature - 57|
|Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg|