5 double plays help Johnson hold Clippers to 2 runs in 7


ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- If the double play is truly the pitcher's best friend, then Dave Johnson is a popular guy.

The Rochester Red Wings turned five double plays behinJohnson last night against the Columbus Clippers in an International League game at Silver Stadium. The game was delayed by rain at the start and went into extra innings.

Johnson, the Baltimore Orioles pitcher who is his seconrehabilitation start with the Red Wings, gave up two runs, one earned, through seven innings.

He left with runners on first and third and none out in the eightinning.

Reliever Dave Martinez allowed the inherited runners to scorwhen he gave up a double to John Ramos, giving the Clippers a 4-3 lead.

The Red Wings came to Johnson's aid in the second, third, fifthsixth and seventh innings.

Two of the double plays, in the second and third innings, camon ground balls.

After Torey Lovullo swung at strike three in the fifth, catcher JefTackett threw out Jim Walewander trying to steal second.

Second baseman Mark McLemore started the last two, catchinlow line drives and doubling up runners.

Johnson gave up 10 hits and three walks and struck out sixJohnson had given up three earned runs in his first start for the Red Wings, a 3-0 loss to the Richmond Braves on Wednesday.

In 13 innings with the Red Wings, the right-hander has allowe18 hits, seven runs (six earned) and five walks. He has struck out eight.

Johnson was 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA in three starts with the ClasAA Hagerstown Suns.

Johnson had to warm up twice last night. It started to rain ninminutes before the scheduled 7:35 start, forcing him to the clubhouse as the grounds crew covered the field.

Johnson went back to the bullpen to prepare for an 8:15 start. A8:13, it began to rain again, but the umpires waved away the grounds crew and the game began.

Johnson struggled in the raindrops.

He gave up a leadoff single to Walewander, one-out walk tRamos and another single to former Oriole Keith Hughes to load the bases in the first inning.

He ended the inning by getting Jim Leyritz to foul out to firsbaseman Ken Shamburg and getting Scott Lusader to strike out.

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