x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Johnson reaches 300 win milestone

Randy Johnson becomes the 24th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to achieve 300 wins.

The San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Randy Johnson tips his cap to the crowd after earning his 300th career win.
The San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Randy Johnson tips his cap to the crowd after earning his 300th career win.

WASHINGTON // Randy Johnson became the 24th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to achieve 300 wins when he tossed two-hit balls over six innings in the San Francisco Giants' 5-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday. In the first game of a double header, Johnson allowed only an unearned run and threw 50 of his 78 pitches for strikes. He left leading 2-1 and nearly wound up with a no-decision. The Nationals loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth before Adam Dunn was called out on strikes. San Francisco added three runs in the ninth. Some of the few thousand fans who witnessed Johnson's victory chanted "Randy! Randy!" in the bottom of the ninth. When the game was over, he gave hugs to teenage son Tanner, who served as a Giants batboy, as well as his teammates. Johnson then tipped his hat to the cheering crowd before disappearing into the dugout. The 45-year-old Johnson is the second-oldest pitcher to reach the milestone. Knuckleballer Phil Niekro was 46 when he won his 300th with the New York Yankees in 1985. * AP