Santana's 1-hitter leads Twins over White Sox 6-0

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota catcher Chris Gimenez looked at the scoreboard during the ninth inning and noticed Ervin Santana had allowed only a single hit.

''I had no idea,'' Gimenez said with a smile.

Santana pitched a one-hitter for the first complete-game victory by a pitcher in the major leagues this season, and the Minnesota Twins beat the White Sox 6-0 Saturday to stop Chicago's three-game winning streak.

Santana (3-0) won his third straight start, striking out eight, walking one and retiring his final 18 batters as he lowered his ERA to 0.41.

''It's one of those special ones that's going to be marked down in one of the record history books here,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ''You don't see one-hitters every day.''

Santana also pitched a one-hitter for the Los Angeles Angels against Arizona on June 16, 2012, and he threw a no-hitter for the Angels at Cleveland on July 27, 2011.

He felt sharper in this start than he did during his no-hitter. Santana needed just 11 pitches to close out the ninth, striking out Jacob May, retiring Tim Anderson on a popup and inducing Avisail Garcia to ground out.

''I know if I get somebody on base, that's going to be it,''' Santana said. ''So I just tried to throw strikes and keep the ball down for the most part.''

Chicago had just two runners: Omar Narvaez singled with one out in the third and Garcia walked leading off the fourth. Narvaez's hit came on a changeup, and Gimenez made sure to give his pitcher some ribbing about it after the game.

''I said, `If you would've listened to me and just thrown a fastball in we'd have thrown a no-hitter,''' he said with a laugh.

Santana has pitched 18 scoreless innings since allowing his only earned run of the season, against Kansas City on opening day.

It was just the third complete game in the major leagues this season after San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner allowed six hits in a loss at San Diego on April 8 and Toronto's Marcus Stroman gave up seven hits in a home defeat against Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Later Saturday, Colorado's Tyler Chatwood pitched two-hitter in a 5-0 win over San Francisco.

Jose Quintana (0-3) gave up hits to six of his first seven batters in a 39-pitch first inning, including Max Kepler's two-run triple. Quintana allowed five runs, nine hits and five walks in 5 2/3 innings, raising his ERA to 6.75. Chicago's starters had a 2.40 ERA in the previous eight games.

''All in all he gave us a chance,'' Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. ''To come back like that and give us five more innings, that's big for him. It shows what kind of competiveness he has in him. He was dominant.''

Joe Maurer and Jorge Polanco had run-scoring singles in the first, and Miguel Sano hit an RBI double as Minnesota took a 5-0 lead. The Twins had five extra-base hits against Quintana.

''You just couldn't draw it up any better,'' Molitor said. ''You're facing a really good pitcher and you ambush him and put up a five spot.''

Robbie Grossman added an RBI single in the eighth against Michael Ynoa.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: 3B Todd Frazier left after the third inning due to a recurrence of flu-like symptoms. ... May went 0 for 3 in his return from a three-game break. May is hitless with two RBIs over his first 20 plate appearances. ''I think that having him step back a little bit, just watch the game again, see how everybody goes about their business, puts him in a better position to kind of know, `You're going to be OK,''' Renteria said.

Twins: 2B Brian Dozier did not play because of swelling in his right knee. Minnesota said an MRI showed no damage. ''With the early stages of the year and the wet conditions and all those things, I didn't want to push the issue today,'' Molitor said.

UP NEXT

RHP James Shields (1-0) is slated to start Sunday's series finale for Chicago. He allowed one run and two hits over 5 1/3 innings in each of his first two starts. Hector Santiago (1-1) starts the series finale for Minnesota after going 4-0 against the White Sox last year.

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Garcia RF30000110.421.476.5791.0550.5
J. Abreu DH30000001.205.244.231.4750.0
T. Frazier 3B20000011.111.226.259.485-0.5
M. Davidson 3B10000010.348.375.8701.245-0.5
C. Asche 1B30000011.087.192.087.279-0.5
C. Sanchez 2B30000000.167.167.250.4170.0
L. Garcia LF30000000.235.316.412.7280.0
O. Narvaez C30100010.200.294.200.4940.5
J. May CF30000021.000.105.000.105-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Grossman DH31210211.296.472.519.9916.5
    J. Mauer 1B51110008.189.250.189.4393.0
    M. Sano 3B41110112.286.457.7141.1714.5
    J. Polanco SS51110004.282.333.436.7693.0
    C. Gimenez C40100021.308.471.462.9321.0
    E. Escobar 2B31100111.294.400.471.8712.5
    M. Kepler RF40220001.282.349.513.8627.0
    D. Santana LF31100102.154.214.154.3683.0
    B. Buxton CF30100013.100.143.150.2932.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Grossman (3), M. Sano (4), C. Gimenez (2), M. Kepler (4), B. Buxton (2)
      • 3B - M. Kepler
      • RBI - R. Grossman (4), J. Mauer (6), M. Sano (12), J. Polanco (5), M. Kepler 2 (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Quintana (L, 0-3)5.29555506.752.47-6.5
      M. Ynoa2.12110101.690.863.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Quintana (L, 0-3)5.2
      M. Ynoa2.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Santana (W, 3-0)9.01001800.410.2239.0
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Santana (W, 3-0)9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Ynoa
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 98-56, M. Ynoa 37-23
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 6-5, M. Ynoa 3-3
      • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 30, M. Ynoa 10
      PITCHING
      • WP - E. Santana
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Santana 107-72
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Santana 10-9
      • Batters Faced - E. Santana 29
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      T. Anderson SS40000011.163.182.233.414-0.5
      A. Garcia RF30000110.421.476.5791.0550.5
      J. Abreu DH30000001.205.244.231.4750.0
      T. Frazier 3B20000011.111.226.259.485-0.5
      M. Davidson 3B10000010.348.375.8701.245-0.5
      C. Asche 1B30000011.087.192.087.279-0.5
      C. Sanchez 2B30000000.167.167.250.4170.0
      L. Garcia LF30000000.235.316.412.7280.0
      O. Narvaez C30100010.200.294.200.4940.5
      J. May CF30000021.000.105.000.105-1.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        R. Grossman DH31210211.296.472.519.9916.5
        J. Mauer 1B51110008.189.250.189.4393.0
        M. Sano 3B41110112.286.457.7141.1714.5
        J. Polanco SS51110004.282.333.436.7693.0
        C. Gimenez C40100021.308.471.462.9321.0
        E. Escobar 2B31100111.294.400.471.8712.5
        M. Kepler RF40220001.282.349.513.8627.0
        D. Santana LF31100102.154.214.154.3683.0
        B. Buxton CF30100013.100.143.150.2932.5
        Total34611605623-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - R. Grossman (3), M. Sano (4), C. Gimenez (2), M. Kepler (4), B. Buxton (2)
          • 3B - M. Kepler
          • RBI - R. Grossman (4), J. Mauer (6), M. Sano (12), J. Polanco (5), M. Kepler 2 (6)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Quintana (L, 0-3)5.29555506.752.47-6.5
          M. Ynoa2.12110101.690.863.5
          Total8.01166560---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Quintana (L, 0-3)5.2
          M. Ynoa2.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Santana (W, 3-0)9.01001800.410.2239.0
          Total9.0100180---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Santana (W, 3-0)9.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - M. Ynoa
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 98-56, M. Ynoa 37-23
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 6-5, M. Ynoa 3-3
          • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 30, M. Ynoa 10
          PITCHING
          • WP - E. Santana
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Santana 107-72
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Santana 10-9
          • Batters Faced - E. Santana 29
          • 8TH INNING
            Grossman singled to shallow left center, Santana scored, Buxton to second06
          • 1ST INNING
            Kepler tripled to deep right, Polanco and Escobar scored05
            Polanco singled to shallow center, Sano scored03
            Sano doubled to deep right center, Mauer scored02
            Mauer singled to shallow center, Grossman scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • E. Santana Pitching:
            • J. May: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, May struck out looking
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Anderson popped out to shortstop
            • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • E. Santana Pitching:
            • C. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez popped out to third
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia grounded out to second
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Narvaez grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Ynoa Pitching:
            • D. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Santana singled to shallow center
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Ball, Buxton hit by pitch, Santana to second
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to second, Foul, Grossman singled to shallow left center, Santana scored, Buxton to second
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer flied out to deep left
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • E. Santana Pitching:
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Abreu flied out to deep left
            • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Davidson struck out looking
            • C. Asche: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Asche struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Ynoa Pitching:
            • C. Gimenez: Ball, Ball, Gimenez grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Escobar lined out to right
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Kepler grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • E. Santana Pitching:
            • J. May: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, May struck out swinging
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Quintana Pitching:
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Buxton doubled to deep right center
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer lined out to center, Buxton to third
            • M. Sano: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sano walked
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco popped out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • E. Santana Pitching:
            • C. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez lined out to left
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Garcia grounded out to second
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Narvaez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Quintana Pitching:
            • E. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Escobar walked
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Kepler popped out to third
            • D. Santana: Santana grounded into double play third to second to first, Escobar out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • E. Santana Pitching:
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garcia walked
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Garcia to second on wild pitch, Foul, Abreu flied out to center
            • T. Frazier: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
            • C. Asche: Ball, Asche popped out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Quintana Pitching:
            • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Sano grounded out to catcher
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco flied out to left
            • C. Gimenez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gimenez struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • E. Santana Pitching:
            • L. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia lined out to shortstop
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike looking, Narvaez singled to right center
            • J. May: Strike looking, Ball, May grounded out to first, Narvaez to second
            • T. Anderson: Anderson flied out to center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Quintana Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Foul, Kepler doubled to deep right center
            • D. Santana: Santana grounded out to first, Kepler to third
            • B. Buxton: Ball, Buxton grounded out to third
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Mauer flied out to left
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • E. Santana Pitching:
            • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Frazier grounded out to third
            • C. Asche: Strike looking, Ball, Asche grounded out to second
            • C. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Sanchez grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Quintana Pitching:
            • M. Sano: Ball, Strike looking, Sano grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Polanco: Polanco flied out to left
            • C. Gimenez: Ball, Gimenez doubled to deep center
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • E. Santana Pitching:
            • T. Anderson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Anderson struck out on foul tip
            • A. Garcia: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Abreu flied out to left
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Quintana Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Grossman doubled to deep left
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Mauer singled to shallow center, Grossman scored
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sano doubled to deep right center, Mauer scored
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Polanco singled to shallow center, Sano scored
            • C. Gimenez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Gimenez struck out on foul tip
            • E. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Escobar singled to shallow left, Polanco to second
            • M. Kepler: Kepler tripled to deep right, Polanco and Escobar scored
            • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Santana walked
            • B. Buxton: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked, Santana to second
            • J. Mauer: Mauer grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 1st (5 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)