Francoeur Walks Off in Atlanta

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

ATLANTA (AP) -- Jeff Francoeur hit a game-ending, two-run homer off Chad Qualls in the ninth inning, and the Atlanta Braves overcame a sparkling ten-strikeout performance by Randy Johnson to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 today.
Johnson reached double-digits in strikeouts for the first time since May 20th last year against Pittsburgh and the 210th time overall, five behind Nolan Ryan's record for games with ten or more strikeouts. The Big Unit allowed one run, five hits and no walks in six innings.
With 4,663 strikeouts, Johnson needs nine to tie Roger Clemens for second place behind Ryan (5,714).
Atlanta has won seven of its last eight games while the Diamondbacks have lost five of six.
Braves starter Jorge Campillo, coming off his first big league win, allowed four hits in four scoreless innings. He left after 59 pitches because of a blister on his right middle finger
With the score 1-1 in the ninth, Chipper Jones walked against Doug Slaten (0-1) leading off, Mark Teixeira grounded out and Qualls relieved. Francoeur homered on his second pitch.
Blaine Boyer (1-3), Atlanta's fourth pitcher, threw 1 2-3 hitless innings to complete a three-hitter


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