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Santana stymies Marlins, hits triple for Twins in victory

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- Between the 90-degree sunshine and National League rules, Johan Santana's first game in Miami left him exhausted.

But he won. The Twins ace pitched six innings and drove in a run with his first career triple to help Minnesota beat the Florida Marlins 7-4 Sunday.

"It was real tough, because you have to do everything out there," Santana said.

Santana (8-6) struck out eight and allowed only one earned run, dropping his ERA to 2.83. He departed with a 7-2 lead after throwing 97 pitches.

"You always get nervous when your pitcher is running around the bases in the heat and then having to go back out there and pitch," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "And he was feeling it, I think. But he did what he needed to do to get a win."

Joe Mauer hit two homers for the Twins, who have won both games while scoring 18 runs since 2006 American League MVP Justin Morneau was sidelined Friday with a bruised lung.

The heat tested tempers. Plate umpire Larry Young ejected Twins right fielder Michael Cuddyer for arguing a called third strike to end the fourth inning. When Gardenhire tossed his cap as he ran onto the field to protest the ejection, he was thrown out, too.

"When I came running out of the dugout, I had just taken off my hat," Gardenhire said with a chuckle. "I had my glasses in one hand and my hat in the other, and I fired my hat not even knowing what I was doing.

"It was kind of stupid -- I'm going to blame it on the heat. That's not the way to go out and argue if you plan on staying in the game."

Gardenhire could also laugh about the way his instructions were misinterpreted by Santana when he was about to bat in the second inning after Nick Punto singled with one out.

"I told him before he went to plate, `We're going to bunt,' but I said, `If he runs, then you're going to swing,"' Gardenhire said. "I meant, `When we steal second, you're going to swing.' But he saw it as, `OK, if he runs, I'm swinging.'

"He saw him running, and he whacked."

Santana squared to bunt, swung away instead and hit a drive that landed near the warning track in right-center for his first triple in 29 career at-bats, putting the Twins ahead to stay. The pitcher grinned when he reached third base, then scored on Jason Bartlett's sacrifice fly.

"You don't get that many chances to go out there and hit," Santana said. "It was good, and it was even better to run all the way to third base."

Santana reached on a fielder's choice two innings later and advanced to third before he was caught off base on a grounder to shortstop and tagged out.

"He wasn't supposed to be going anywhere," Gardenhire said. "I think the heat got to him. I think he probably was tired of standing at third base out in the sun, so it was probably a good play to get off the bases."

Facing Florida for the first time since 2002, Santana allowed only five hits and one walk.

"I really don't care to see him again, other than on TV," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He's probably the best left-hander in the league."

Mauer hit a solo home run in the first and a two-run homer in the sixth, both with two outs. He came into the game with only one homer after hitting 13 last year.

Byung-Hyun Kim (3-4) gave up both homers and seven runs, six earned, in six innings. He walked five and threw 118 pitches.

"He ended up with more walks than he probably wanted, but he battled out there on a hot day," Florida catcher Matt Treanor said.

Dan Uggla hit his 15th home run and Miguel Cabrera his 17th for the Marlins, who finished 9-9 in interleague play. Their interleague record of 105-81 remains the best of any NL team.

Minnesota went 11-7 this year to improve to 106-86.

Notes

  • Marlins 1B Aaron Boone limped out of the game in the fourth inning with a sore left knee. His status is day to day.
  • Twins 2B Luis Castillo was held out of the lineup with leg soreness. "It's just his normal thing," Gardenhire said. "Every now and then he gets sore."
  • In Morneau's absence, Gardenhire said he might use C Mike Redmond at 1B.
  • Mauer hit two homers for the second time in his career. He also did it June 30, 2004, against the Chicago White Sox.
  • 2B Uggla and SS Hanley Ramirez made leaping stops to rob the Twins of hits.
 
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Joe Mauer, with only one homer coming into the game, slams two for the victorious Twins.  (AP)
Joe Mauer, with only one homer coming into the game, slams two for the victorious Twins. (AP)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

J. Mauer
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Minnesota Twins
Jason Bartlett, SS3112110 .250
Jeff Cirillo, 1B5000011 .271
Joe Mauer, C4223120 .319
Michael Cuddyer, RF3010013 .289
    Lew Ford, RF2000000 .247
Torii Hunter, CF4000120 .306
Jason Kubel, LF3010112 .251
Luis Rodriguez, 3B3100102 .179
Nick Punto, 2B3210102 .219
Johan Santana, P3111000 .286
    Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
   a- Mike Redmond, PH1000010 .298
    Pat Neshek, P0000000 .000
    Joe Nathan, P0000000 .000
Totals3477669  
a-struck out for Guerrier in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jason Kubel (14, Kim)
3B - Johan Santana (1, Kim)
HR - Joe Mauer 2 (3, Kim, Kim)
SF - Jason Bartlett (1)
RBI - Jason Bartlett 2 (19), Joe Mauer 3 (25), Johan Santana (1)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Mauer 3 (12)
SB - Jason Bartlett 2 (11, 2nd base off Kim/Treanor, 2nd base off Kim/Treanor), Michael Cuddyer (3, 2nd base off Kim/Treanor)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Luis Rodriguez (2, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
Johan Santana (W,8-6) 6521181 2.83
Matt Guerrier 1100000 1.44
Pat Neshek 1111021 1.26
Joe Nathan 1311020 2.59
HBP - Treanor (by Johan Santana)
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 97-62, Matt Guerrier 12-8, Pat Neshek 14-10, Joe Nathan 28-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 5-5, Matt Guerrier 1-2, Joe Nathan 1-0
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 25, Matt Guerrier 4, Pat Neshek 4, Joe Nathan 6
Florida Marlins
Brett Carroll, CF-RF4000025 .158
   a- Jason Wood, PH1000012 .237
Dan Uggla, 2B5122021 .261
Hanley Ramirez, SS5010012 .320
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4121020 .330
Josh Willingham, LF3000111 .258
Aaron Boone, 1B1100001 .286
    Mike Jacobs, 1B3000010 .282
Jeremy Hermida, RF3020000 .233
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
   b- Joe Borchard, PH1110000 .197
Matt Treanor, C3020000 .255
Byung-Hyun Kim, P1000013 .000
    Alfredo Amezaga, CF2000013 .256
Totals364103112  
a-struck out for Carroll in the 9th
b-singled for Tankersley in the 9th
Batting
2B - Dan Uggla (29, Nathan), Jeremy Hermida (8, Santana), Matt Treanor (2, Guerrier)
HR - Dan Uggla (15, Santana), Miguel Cabrera (17, Neshek)
SH - Byung-Hyun Kim (4)
RBI - Dan Uggla 2 (47), Miguel Cabrera (54)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla (8)
CS - Hanley Ramirez (6, 2nd base by Santana/Mauer)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Aaron Boone (5, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Byung-Hyun Kim (L,3-4) 6776562 5.72
Justin Miller 2000120 3.15
Taylor Tankersley 1000010 5.32
Pitches-Strikes - Byung-Hyun Kim 118-66, Justin Miller 38-22, Taylor Tankersley 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Byung-Hyun Kim 8-5, Justin Miller 2-2, Taylor Tankersley 1-1
Batters Faced - Byung-Hyun Kim 31, Justin Miller 7, Taylor Tankersley 3
Game Information
Attendance - 15035
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Larry Young, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Mark Carlson