For the second straight game, Josh Johnson was stingy on the mound.
The right-hander gave up no runs on just two hits over seven spectacular innings to help his Florida Marlins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-0 Tuesday night. He struck out nine and walked one.
Johnson, whose record is now 3-0 with 17 consecutive scoreless innings under his belt, lowered his ERA to a nice, round 1.00 using his 96 mph fastball and that spankin' new curveball of his. He has allowed four hits or less in each of his four starts, with batters failing to hit better than .112 against him.
However, he has never thrown a shutout in 108 career starts. Even after going seven strong innings Tuesday, his pitch count was too high to continue at 98 pitches, with 64 for strikes. Better luck next time!