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Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2008 9:36 pm | Updated: 11:28 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The most efficient strikeout pitcher in major league history tied another milestone Thursday, although he could not prevent a San Francisco sweep.

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The most efficient strikeout pitcher in major league history tied another milestone Thursday, although he could not prevent a San Francisco sweep.

SLIDESHOW: See the D-Backs in action against the Giants

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Randy Johnson struck out nine in seven innings, tying Roger Clemens for second in major league history with 4,672, but he was deprived of his 289th career victory when the Giants scored two runs after he departed for a 4-3 victory at Chase Field.

"I'm making progress," said Johnson, who has given up three runs in his last 20 innings. "I'm not washed up."

Tying Clemens "is kind of a moot point," he went on. "Winning ball games is the most important thing. We need a win right now."

The Giants tied the game in the eighth, on two walks, a hit batsman and Conor Jackson's fielding error on a routine grounder.

Randy Winn's second homer of the game off Chad Qualls won it in the ninth.

The D-Backs (30-24) have lost eight of their last 10 games, including sweeps by the Giants and Florida, but remain 3 1/2 games ahead of second-place Los Angeles in the NL West.

"The only consolation is, L.A. is playing just as bad as we are," said Qualls, 0-5, who gave up his second game-winning home run in five days. "We're in a funk right now."

Johnson, who averages 10.76 strikeouts per nine innings, the best in major league history, struck out five of the first eight batters he faced. He set down the first nine before Winn led off the fourth with a homer.

Johnson struck out the first batter in the seventh, tying Clemens (they both trail Nolan Ryan, who amassed 5,714 strikeouts), and with the crowd on its feet and applauding, he got to two strikes on each of the final three batters he faced before getting a fly out, a single and a ground-out.

"They were willing me, but I just didn't have it. I appreciate that," Johnson said of the support.

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