WASHINGTON — San Francisco Giants left-hander Randy Johnson, bidding for his 300th career victory, left Thursday’s first game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals with a 2-1 lead after six innings.
After a 36-minute rain delay before the start of the game, Johnson no-hit Washington for four innings until Elijah Dukes led off the Nationals’ fifth with a single up the middle. Johnson yielded just one other hit, Nick Johnson’s sixth-inning RBI double. Randy Johnson also walked two and struck out two.
Johnson sought to become the 24th pitcher to reach the 300-win level. The Nationals were a fitting opponent for Johnson, who started his professional career with that franchise when it was known as the Montreal Expos.
Johnson, 45, was trying to become just the sixth left-hander to achieve the 300 milestone and the fifth pitcher in the last 50 years to do it on his first attempt, joining Warren Spahn, Steve Carlton, Gaylord Perry and Tom Seaver.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Johnson also would become the second-oldest pitcher to reach the 300 mark — behind only Phil Niekro, who achieved the feat when he was 46 years and 188 days old on Oct. 6, 1985. Johnson is 45 years and 267 days old.
Johnson would be the seventh pitcher in Giants history to win 300 games while pitching for the franchise at some point in his career. He’d also be the fourth to hit that plateau as a Giant, joining Tim Keefe, Mickey Welch and Christy Mathewson.