Johnson's hitting streak snapped at 22

Johnson's hitting streak snapped

HOUSTON -- For the first time this month, Kelly Johnson was held hitless. Consequently, the longest hitting streak recorded in the National League this year has been snapped.

Johnson's career-best 22-game hitting streak ended when he went 0-for-2 in a 5-4 loss to the Astros at Minute Maid Park on Friday night. His final at-bat came in the eighth inning, when he hit a sacrifice fly off LaTroy Hawkins.

After beginning his night with a first-inning strikeout against Brian Moehler, Johnson drew a fourth-inning walk. He flied out in the sixth inning, delivered his eighth-inning sacrifice fly, and was left on deck after the Braves tied the game in the top of the ninth.

"I'll remember this for the rest of my life," Johnson said. "This was something you can tell your kids and grandkids about."

Johnson's 22-game streak was the longest recorded in the National League this year, and just two games shy of the Major League-best streak that Texas' Ian Kinsler enjoyed in June and July.

The 22-game streak ties Johnson with Felipe Alou (1968), Hank Aaron (1971) and Ralph Garr (1971) for the sixth longest in Atlanta Braves history. Rico Carty set the Atlanta record with a 31-game streak in 1970. Tommy Holmes set the Braves' franchise record with a 37-game hitting streak in 1945.

"Chipper Jones told me that he's had one [streak] in his whole career that got to 20 [games]," Johnson said. "That makes you feel proud."

Johnson said the only time he felt nervous during the streak came on Monday, when he was bidding to extend his to 20 games. After going hitless in his first two at-bats against the Phillies that night, he hit a sixth-inning, game-tying, two-run homer.

During his 22-game hitting streak, Johnson batted .402 (35-for-78) with a .435 on-base percentage and .678 slugging percentage.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.