Santana (2-2) fired a scoreless 10th inning, allowing just a walk to earn the win over the Twins on Friday. Santana entered the bottom of the 10th inning in a tie game with a runner on second. He issued a leadoff walk to Luis Arraez, but retired the next three batters in order to keep the game tied. The Royals scored two in the 11th inning to give Santana the win. The 38-year-old has a 4.70 ERA and 1.25 WHIP with 46 strikeouts in 59.1 innings this season.
Santana (1-2) took the loss Wednesday versus Cleveland, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk with one strikeout in one inning. Higher-leverage relievers Josh Staumont and Scott Barlow had already pitched, and Santana allowed Cleveland to scrape together a pair of runs in the 11th and take the game. The veteran right-hander has had few poor outings of late, as this was just the second time in his last 12 appearances he's allowed runs to score. Santana owns a 4.50 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 44:17 K:BB across 56 innings this season, mainly as a multi-inning reliever.
Santana (1-1) struck out two across two perfect innings to earn the win Thursday versus Seattle. Starter Brad Keller exited early with a shoulder injury with Kansas City behind, but the team pulled ahead in the sixth inning. Santana was awarded the win officially after strong work in the seventh and eighth innings. He's been excellent in August, allowing just one run on seven hits and three walks while dialing up 13 strikeouts in 15.1 innings. The veteran right-hander now has a 4.42 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 43:16 K:BB across 55 innings overall.
Santana has pitched just five times since the start of July, allowing nine runs in 5.2 innings. The 38-year-old's recent work has given manager Mike Matheny little reason to trust him, but Santana has still seen an unusually light workload. The veteran right-hander allowed a walk in a scoreless inning Sunday versus Toronto. It was the first time he didn't allow a run since June 18. He's pitched to a 5.75 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 31:14 K:BB through 40.2 innings this year, mainly in a low-leverage role.
Santana allowed three runs on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings in a 14-6 loss to Cleveland on Saturday. Santana has struggled since the start of June, posting a 7.97 ERA and 1.48 WHIP across his last 20.1 innings spanning 10 appearances. He's only kept opponents off the scoreboard in three of those outings. The bulk reliever has a 5.67 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 30:13 K:BB across 39.2 innings overall.
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