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Postby WebHamster » Tue Apr 27, 2004 1:00 am

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Randy Johnson struck out 10 through seven shutout innings and Richie Sexson crushed a two-run homer, leading Arizona to a 9-0 win over Chicago in the opener of a three-game set at Bank One Ballpark.

Johnson (2-2) improved to 12-0 lifetime versus the Cubs and scattered just two hits. He also did not issue a walk. Randy Choate, meanwhile, tossed two scoreless innings of relief to preserve the shutout. It was the first time in 2004 that Chicago did not score a run.

Sexson ended 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Chad Tracy added two hits and a pair of RBI for the Diamondbacks, who have won two straight and four of their last five games.

Carlos Zambrano (2-1) was saddled with his first loss of the season, allowing seven runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. He walked two and struck out just one batter.

Moises Alou was the lone Cub with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 as Chicago saw its season-high, six-game winning streak come to a close. The Cubs were coming off an impressive three-game sweep of the New York Mets.

Chicago slugger Sammy Sosa went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk.

The Diamondbacks opened the scoring with two runs off Zambrano in the third inning. Arizona got on the board courtesy of back-to-back doubles by Tracy and Robby Hammock to start the inning. After Johnson popped out, Matt Kata grounded out to move Hammock up a base. Alex Cintron then made it 2-0 when he scored Hammock with a triple to the gap in left center.

Arizona got two runs in the fourth inning for a 4-0 lead. Danny Bautista extended his major league-leading hitting streak to 18 games with a one-out single and took second when Tracy grounded out. After Hammock was intentionally walked, Johnson helped his own cause with an RBI single and Kata plated Hammock with a base hit to right.

In the fifth, the Diamondbacks scored three more times for a 7-0 advantage. Sexson singled with one away and raced to third on Steve Finley's base hit to center. Finley took second on an errant relay throw. After Zambrano hit Bautista with an inside pitch, Tracy laced a two-run single to left.

Michael Wuertz took over for the struggling Zambrano and his wild pitch allowed Bautista to score for a seven-run lead.

Sexson's 200th career home run -- a tremendous two-run blast off the scoreboard in center field -- gave Arizona a 9-0 cushion in the sixth. His 503-foot homer was the farthest ever hit in Bank One Ballpark. The previous best was a 473-foot bomb by Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen in 1999.
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