Originally created 05/01/00

Johnson gets sixth victory



CHICAGO -- Randy Johnson became just the third pitcher in modern history to win six games in April, striking out 11 and giving up just five hits over seven innings Sunday as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Cubs 6-0.

The 1999 NL Cy Young winner also won his last three decisions last year, giving him a nine-game winning streak. He now has 130 games in his career with 10 or more strikeouts, second only to Nolan Ryan's 215 games.

Johnson has dominated this spring. He leads the majors in ERA (0.91), strikeouts (64) and opponents' average against (.156). He also leads the majors in victories, shutouts (two) and complete games (three).

Vida Blue and Dave Stewart are the only other pitchers to win six in April, but Johnson did it with a better ERA. Blue went 6-1 with a 1.19 ERA in 1971, and Stewart was 6-0 with a 2.98 in 1988.

CARDINALS 4, PHILLIES 3:

In Philadelphia, Mark McGwire and Jim Edmonds each hit their eighth homers to give St. Louis 55 for April, and the Cardinals spoiled Curt Schilling's return from off-season shoulder surgery to complete a three-game sweep of the struggling Phillies.

METS 14, ROCKIES 11:

In Denver, Edgardo Alfonzo went 4-for-5 with four RBI and had one of the Mets' four homers, while Todd Zeile, Melvin Mora and Todd Pratt also went deep as New York beat the Rockies in a slugfest at Coors Field.

DODGERS 7, MARLINS 1:

In Los Angeles, Kevin Brown allowed a run and three hits over seven innings, Shawn Green homered twice, Gary Sheffield homered and Eric Karros had three RBI as the Dodgers capped a three-game sweep of Florida.

REDS 6, PIRATES 2:

In Pittsburgh, Ken Griffey Jr. hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning, his seventh, as Cincinnati rallied to beat the Pirates.

EXPOS 4, GIANTS 3:

In San Francisco, pinch-hitter Rondell White hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth to lead Montreal past the Giants, sending San Fran to its seventh loss in eight games at Pac Bell Park.

BREWERS 4, ASTROS 3: I

n Milwaukee, Jeromy Burnitz's two-out double in the ninth scored Marquis Grissom to lift the Brewers past Houston.

AROUND THE NATIONAL LEAGUE:

After missing all of last season following reconstructive elbow surgery, Cubs right-hander Kerry Wood, the 1998 NL Rookie of the Year, will make his long-awaited return Tuesday against the Astros at Wrigley. ... The Padres placed Tony Gwynn on the 15-day disabled list due to a sore left knee.