All-Star Johnson dominates D-backs in Marlins win

BY foxsports • July 13, 2009

Josh Johnson heads to his first All-Star game a winner, and through 90 games so are his Florida Marlins.

Johnson pitched into the seventh inning and the Marlins beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-1 Sunday for a split of their four-game series.

"He is a really good pitcher and he kind of put their team on his back and took control of that game," Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said. "It's as simple as that."

Johnson (8-2) allowed a run and seven hits - all singles - in 6 2-3 innings, striking out seven and walking two in his first victory in four starts. He lowered his ERA to 2.74.

"I felt good out there, which is the key for me," he said. "I threw a lot of good sliders. Not very many balls were hit very hard. It was just one of those days when balls seemed to keep falling but I just wanted to bear down and do whatever I could to stop it."

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