Johnson has no-hitter for six innings in Giants win
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Veteran pitcher Randy Johnson did not allow a hit for six innings as he led the San Francisco Giants to a 2-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks for his 296th victory on Sunday.
The 45-year-old Johnson (1-2) struck out seven and walked two in seven innings against his former team, with only Augie Ojeda's leadoff double breaking up his no-hitter bid.
Johnson, who has been pitching in the Major Leagues for 22 years, joined the Giants this season after compiling a 118-62 record in eight seasons with the Diamondbacks.
The lanky left-hander denied he had extra motivation to beat Arizona.
"I kind of put blinders on when it comes to certain teams," he told reporters. "Me, I just want to win."
Others said Johnson was more intense than usual.
"He had that little scowl going after strikeouts," said the Giants' Rich Aurilia. "I'm sure he had a little added incentive today."
The Giants scored runs in the fourth and eighth innings for the victory.
(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Ian Ransom)
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