On the mound, Randy Johnson showed off his 100 mph (160 ing to 7-0 as he struck out 11 Friday night in pitching the Arizona Diamondbacks past the San Diego Padres 5-3.
The Big Unit got upset after getting hit by a pitch from Sterling Hitchcock in the second. Damian Miller and Danny Klassen opened the inning with home runs and then Johnson was nailed in the left elbow.
Johnson pointed his bat at Hitchcock, yelled at him and took a couple of steps toward the mound. The dugouts and bullpens emptied, but Johnson did not charge, and no punches were thrown at Bank One Ballpark.
"I don't know what he said," Hitchcock said. "He didn't ask me over for dinner."
Johnson calmed down after a talk with Miller, his catcher.
"I just said, 'Listen to me here. Don't be stupid. We need you,"' Miller said. "I imagine he just got caught up in the emotion of it all. I'm sure that Sterling wasn't trying to hit him, but sometimes when you get hit like that, you think wrong."
Said Johnson: "Taking me out of my game plan is a possibility. But after talking to Damian, he got me back in there and I realized how important it is not to let something like that affect me and just go back out there and do my job."
After Mark McGwire, Ken Griffey Jr. and Sammy Sosa homered earlier in other NL games, Johnson put the emphasis back on pitching.
He was clocked at 100 mph on a called third strike to Eric Owens in the first, and did not give up a hit until Chris Gomez blooped a single leading off the sixth.
Elsewhere in the NL, Cincinnati beat St. Louis 3-2, Atlanta rallied past Philadelphia 6-5, Los Angeles edged Houston 3-2, San Francisco blanked Colorado 5-0, Montreal topped Milwaukee 5-2, New York beat Florida 4-1 and Pittsburgh topped Chicago 4-2.
Johnson has won all seven of his starts, and his five-hitter gave him his fourth complete game. He allowed only one earned run and has an 0.93 ERA.
Johnson also extended his hitting streak to five, going 2-for-3 with an RBI single.
After being hit by Hitchcock in the second inning, Johnson faced him in the third. Without incident, he struck out the Padres pitcher.
"Why would I hit him on purpose?" Hitchcock said. "I know he's a competitor, but I would think he would be smarter than that."
While Johnson did not retaliate, San Diego batters might have been thinking about it.
"I know as a hitter you don't like the idea of seven innings with that on your mind," Diamondbacks manager Buck Showalter said.
Braves 6, Phillies 5
John Rocker was booed at Turner Field for the first time this season after giving up four runs in the ninth inning. But the Braves spared him the loss when Andruw Jones hit a two-run homer in the bottom half.
Atlanta set a franchise record with its 12th straight home win.
Tom Glavine's bid for a 6-0 start disappeared when Rocker could not protect a 4-1 lead. The reliever was heckled as he left the mound with Philadelphia still batting.
Wally Joyner led off the Atlanta ninth with a single and moved up on a sacrifice before Jones homered off Wayne Gomes.
Reds 3, Cardinals 2
Mark McGwire hit a 473-foot (140-meter) homer - the longest measured shot ever at Cinergy Field - but Ken Griffey Jr.'s solo home run in the sixth inning lifted Cincinnati over St. Louis.
Jim Edmonds and McGwire hit consecutive homers in the fourth, with Big Mac's drive sailing into the upper deck.
Griffey also had an RBI single in his first head-to-head matchup with McGwire in the regular season since June 25, 1997.
Dodgers 3, Astros 2
Todd Hollandsworth singled up the middle through Houston's drawn-in infield in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Lance Berkman, just 1-for-15 this season for the Astros, hit a solo home run with two outs in the ninth off Jeff Shaw to tie it.
Alex Cora, promoted from the minors earlier in the day, doubled to start the bottom half. He moved up on pinch-hitter F.P. Santangelo's sacrifice and scored on Hollandsworth's single.
Giants 5, Rockies 0
Joe Nathan teamed with two relievers on a three-hitter, and San Francisco won its fifth in a row, all at Pacific Bell Park.
The Rockies scored 72 runs in their previous six games and began the night with a .306 average, best in the majors.
Nathan and Colorado starter Masato Yoshii each allowed two hits in seven innings.
Mets 4, Marlins 1
Al Leiter pitched another good game at Pro Player Stadium, helping New York stop its four-game losing streak.
Leiter, who threw the first no-hitter in Florida history, is 19-6 lifetime with a 2.31 ERA at his old ballpark.
Leiter gave up four hits in seven innings and struck out nine. John Franco earned his 417th career save, and first since last June 24.
Mike Piazza homered for the second straight day for the Mets.
Pirates 4, Cubs 2
Wil Cordero and Luis Sojo hit solo homers for Pittsburgh, and Chicago lost at Wrigley Field despite Sammy Sosa's 10th home run.
Kevin Tapani lost for the 13th time in his last 14 decisions. It was his first defeat in six career starts against the Pirates.
Expos 10, Brewers 2
Rondell White almost homered out of County Stadium and Vladimir Guerrero hit a three-run drive as Montreal romped past Milwaukee.
The Expos scored five runs in the first inning and five more in the second. Starter Jason Bere absorbed the entire barrage because the Brewers bullpen needed rest.
Guerrero was 4-for-5, improving to .625 (10-for-16) with 10 RBIs in four games against Milwaukee this season.Reuse content