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Posted: Friday, June 20, 2008 7:49 pm | Updated: 11:30 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

MINNEAPOLIS - Randy Johnson has known perfection in Atlanta and he’s known the perfectly goofy, when Larry Walker turned his batting helmet around to hit right-handed against Johnson in a 1997 All-Star appearance. Then, there was Friday.

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MINNEAPOLIS - Randy Johnson has known perfection in Atlanta and he’s known the perfectly goofy, when Larry Walker turned his batting helmet around to hit right-handed against Johnson in a 1997 All-Star appearance. Then, there was Friday.

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“Just when you think you have seen everything …,” a frustrated Johnson said after a 7-2 loss to Minnesota at the Metrodome.

“That’s the life of a pitcher, you know.”

The Twins had several turf-aided hits to begin a six-run third inning that concluded with Craig Monroe’s sixth home run of the year, and the D-Backs (39-35) could not recover, getting only a Mark Reynolds home run and another Reynolds RBI on a ground-out.

Delmon Young led off the Twins’ third with a grounder that kicked right when it hit the edge of the turf near the dirt, forcing Reynolds into a hurried, off-balance throw that hit Young as he touched the bag for a single.

After Brendan Harris doubled into the right-field corner, Matt Macri hit a grounder that rolled into center just out of Stephen Drew’s reach for a two-run single.

With one out, Alexi Casilla pushed a bunt in front of the plate and Miguel Montero threw wildly to first.

Justin Morneau then drove in a run with a single to left before Monroe homered on a fastball.

“It kinda snowballed,” Johnson (4-5) said.

“The ball gets on you a lot quicker here,” said Reynolds, adding he did not believe Macri’s ball would have gotten through the infield at most grass parks.

Johnson gave up a run on five hits over the final five innings for his 99th complete game, saving a relief corps that pitched 22 innings on the recent six-game homestand.

“He really saved us to start the trip, based on not having to go to our bullpen,” manager Bob Melvin said.

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