Santana throws 4-hitter, drives in 2 runs in Twins' 5-2 win

SAN DIEGO (AP) The slumping Minnesota Twins desperately needed a big game from Ervin Santana, who was more than happy to oblige.

Santana threw a four-hitter for his major league-best fifth complete game and hit a two-run single to lead the Twins to a 5-2 victory against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.

The Twins won for just the second time in nine games. They went 2-6 on a trip through Los Angeles, Oakland and San Diego.

''He was the starter, the middle man, the setup man, the closer and a clutch hitter,'' manager Paul Molitor said. ''It was a pretty good day for him and us.''

Santana (12-7) retired his first 10 batters. He struck out nine and walked one in his 21st career complete game.

Complete games are old school these days.

''That's why every time I get a chance I want it because they're not coming often,'' the 34-year-old Santana said. ''Every time you're close to it you take advantage and you get it. It means a lot to me.''

The Twins traded All-Star closer Brandon Kintzler to Washington on Monday, so Santana's nine innings were big.

Molitor checked with Santana after the eighth.

''He asked me how I feel and I said, `I want the ninth,' `' the pitcher said. ''He said, `OK, it's all yours.' `'

Said Molitor: ''He wanted the ball, which is what you want to hear. I trust him as much as anybody.

''My thought was, given the cushion, I wanted to make sure he felt OK,'' Molitor said. ''It's a little different given the circumstance that we are kind of toying with who is going finish games. The fact that he had a three-run lead and he still had good stuff, I wanted to make sure he was OK to go back out there.''

Santana appreciated his manager's confidence.

''It means durability. It means you throw a lot of strikes and you do your job,'' Santana said.

Santana didn't allow a baserunner until Cory Spangenberg singled to right with one out in the fourth. Jose Pirela followed with a homer to center to pull the Padres to 4-2. It was Pirela's fifth.

''Everything was good,'' Santana said. ''First-pitch strikes. They're very aggressive. Just get the ball down for the most part.''

''The slider is real,'' San Diego manager Andy Green said. ''It's one of those pitches that down in the strike zone it's really tough to see, it's really tough to pick up. So he does deserve some credit. I'd love to see more fight in our at-bats, more consistency in our at-bats, but he does deserve a measure of credit for going nine innings against us today.

''I don't think there was a person every at-bat that was locked into him. We had an occasional good at-bat. But overall, he handled us pretty easily.''

Joe Mauer had a double and single to tie Tony Oliva for third on Minnesota's career hit list with 1,917.

The Twins jumped on Luis Perdomo (5-6) for four runs on four hits and two walks in the second. Santana hit a bases-loaded single to right with two outs. After Mauer walked to reload the bases, Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run single to left.

Santana was as aggressive at the plate as he was on the mound.

''First-pitch fastball, swinging,'' he said. ''Right field's open.''

Minnesota's Miguel Sano homered leading off the sixth, his 25th.

Perdomo allowed seven hits in six innings, struck out four and walked two.

UP NEXT

Twins: Rookie LHP Adalberto Mejia (4-4, 4.07 ERA) is scheduled to start Thursday night in the opener of a four-game home series against Texas.

Padres: After a day off, LHP Travis Wood (2-3, 6.42 ERA) will make his second start with his new team when San Diego opens a three-game series at Pittsburgh.

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SD48-59
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  • W: E. Santana (12-7)L: L. Perdomo (5-6)
  • HR: MIN - M. Sano (25), SD - J. Pirela (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Mauer 1B30200100.282.370.390.7604.0
E. Escobar 2B30120011.272.329.433.7622.5
M. Kepler RF40000013.250.319.413.732-0.5
M. Sano 3B42211000.269.358.522.8808.0
E. Rosario LF40000001.284.326.462.787-1.0
B. Buxton CF30000021.217.290.308.598-1.0
J. Polanco SS41100000.213.265.308.5733.0
J. Castro C21000110.226.316.374.6901.5
E. Santana P31120010.200.200.300.5003.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Margot CF40100001.278.316.424.7401.0
    C. Spangenberg 3B41100022.272.320.406.7261.0
    J. Pirela LF31121110.293.332.505.8377.5
    Y. Solarte 2B-SS40000002.258.340.409.7490.0
    W. Myers 1B40000020.242.321.455.776-1.0
    H. Renfroe RF30000000.233.285.467.7520.0
    A. Hedges C30000010.217.257.423.679-0.5
    D. Coleman SS20000010.235.278.647.925-0.5
    B. Baumann P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    C. Stammen P0000-000.400.571.600.000-
    a- M. Szczur PH10000000.234.369.391.7600.0
    P. Maton P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    L. Perdomo P10000010.143.172.393.565-0.5
    b- C. Asuaje PH-2B20100010.305.369.398.7680.5
    • a-lined out for Stammen in the 8th
    • b-struck out for Perdomo in the 6th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Mauer (20), J. Polanco (16)
    • HR - M. Sano (25)
    • SH - E. Escobar, B. Buxton (3)
    • RBI - E. Escobar 2 (37), M. Sano (71), E. Santana 2 (5)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Escobar 2 (19), E. Santana 2 (5)
    BATTING
    • HR - J. Pirela (5)
    • RBI - J. Pirela 2 (22)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - E. Rosario (6)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Pirela (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Santana (W, 12-7)9.04221913.281.1134.5
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Santana (W, 12-7)9.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. Perdomo (L, 5-6)6.07552414.921.541.0
    B. Baumann1.00000000.000.273.0
    C. Stammen1.00000103.831.213.5
    P. Maton1.00000102.820.813.5
    PITCHERSIP
    L. Perdomo (L, 5-6)6.0
    B. Baumann1.0
    C. Stammen1.0
    P. Maton1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Santana 110-82
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Santana 5-13
    • Batters Faced - E. Santana 32
    PITCHING
    • IBB - L. Perdomo (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. Perdomo 82-51, B. Baumann 14-10, C. Stammen 11-8, P. Maton 16-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Perdomo 6-6, B. Baumann 1-2, C. Stammen 1-1
    • Batters Faced - L. Perdomo 25, B. Baumann 3, C. Stammen 3, P. Maton 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    SD48-59
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer 1B30200100.282.370.390.7604.0
    E. Escobar 2B30120011.272.329.433.7622.5
    M. Kepler RF40000013.250.319.413.732-0.5
    M. Sano 3B42211000.269.358.522.8808.0
    E. Rosario LF40000001.284.326.462.787-1.0
    B. Buxton CF30000021.217.290.308.598-1.0
    J. Polanco SS41100000.213.265.308.5733.0
    J. Castro C21000110.226.316.374.6901.5
    E. Santana P31120010.200.200.300.5003.5
    Total305751266-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Margot CF40100001.278.316.424.7401.0
      C. Spangenberg 3B41100022.272.320.406.7261.0
      J. Pirela LF31121110.293.332.505.8377.5
      Y. Solarte 2B-SS40000002.258.340.409.7490.0
      W. Myers 1B40000020.242.321.455.776-1.0
      H. Renfroe RF30000000.233.285.467.7520.0
      A. Hedges C30000010.217.257.423.679-0.5
      D. Coleman SS20000010.235.278.647.925-0.5
      B. Baumann P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      C. Stammen P0000-000.400.571.600.000-
      a- M. Szczur PH10000000.234.369.391.7600.0
      P. Maton P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      L. Perdomo P10000010.143.172.393.565-0.5
      b- C. Asuaje PH-2B20100010.305.369.398.7680.5
      Total312421195-----
      • a-lined out for Stammen in the 8th
      • b-struck out for Perdomo in the 6th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Mauer (20), J. Polanco (16)
      • HR - M. Sano (25)
      • SH - E. Escobar, B. Buxton (3)
      • RBI - E. Escobar 2 (37), M. Sano (71), E. Santana 2 (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Escobar 2 (19), E. Santana 2 (5)
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Pirela (5)
      • RBI - J. Pirela 2 (22)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - E. Rosario (6)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Pirela (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Santana (W, 12-7)9.04221913.281.1134.5
      Total9.0422191---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Santana (W, 12-7)9.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Perdomo (L, 5-6)6.07552414.921.541.0
      B. Baumann1.00000000.000.273.0
      C. Stammen1.00000103.831.213.5
      P. Maton1.00000102.820.813.5
      Total9.0755261---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Perdomo (L, 5-6)6.0
      B. Baumann1.0
      C. Stammen1.0
      P. Maton1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Santana 110-82
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Santana 5-13
      • Batters Faced - E. Santana 32
      PITCHING
      • IBB - L. Perdomo (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Perdomo 82-51, B. Baumann 14-10, C. Stammen 11-8, P. Maton 16-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Perdomo 6-6, B. Baumann 1-2, C. Stammen 1-1
      • Batters Faced - L. Perdomo 25, B. Baumann 3, C. Stammen 3, P. Maton 3
      • 6TH INNING
        Sano homered to center52
      • 4TH INNING
        Pirela homered to center, Spangenberg scored42
      • 2ND INNING
        Escobar singled to left center, Castro and Santana scored, Mauer to third40
        Santana singled to right, Sano and Polanco scored, Castro to third20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Phil Maton pitching
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rosario flied out to center
        • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco lined out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • J. Pirela: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pirela fouled out to first
        • Y. Solarte: Solarte popped out to first
        • W. Myers: Strike looking, Ball, Myers flied out to center
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Craig Stammen relieved Buddy Baumann
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kepler grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano lined out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Matt Szczur hit for Craig Stammen
        • M. Szczur: Strike looking, Szczur lined out to left
        • C. Asuaje: Ball, Asuaje singled to left center
        • M. Margot: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Margot reached on fielder's choice to third, Asuaje out at second
        • C. Spangenberg: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Spangenberg struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Buddy Baumann pitching
        • J. Castro: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castro flied out to center
        • E. Santana: Foul, Strike swinging, Santana grounded out to second
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Mauer lined out to left
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • W. Myers: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Myers grounded out to second
        • H. Renfroe: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Renfroe lined out to left
        • A. Hedges: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hedges flied out to center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • L. Perdomo Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Sano homered to center
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario safe at first on left fielder Pirela fielding error, Rosario to second
        • B. Buxton: Strike swinging, Buxton hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Rosario to third
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rosario out at home, Rosario caught stealing, catcher to third to third, Polanco grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • Carlos Asuaje hit for Luis Perdomo
        • C. Asuaje: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Asuaje struck out swinging
        • M. Margot: Ball, Margot singled to right
        • C. Spangenberg: Spangenberg flied out to left
        • J. Pirela: Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pirela walked, Margot to second
        • Y. Solarte: Foul, Ball, Solarte flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • L. Perdomo Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mauer singled to right center
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Escobar grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Mauer out at second
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Kepler struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • H. Renfroe: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Renfroe popped out to shortstop
        • A. Hedges: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hedges struck out swinging
        • D. Coleman: Foul, Coleman grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • L. Perdomo Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Polanco lined out to left
        • J. Castro: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
        • E. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • M. Margot: Foul, Ball, Ball, Margot popped out to shortstop
        • C. Spangenberg: Strike swinging, Spangenberg singled to right
        • J. Pirela: Ball, Pirela homered to center, Spangenberg scored
        • Y. Solarte: Strike swinging, Solarte fouled out to catcher
        • W. Myers: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Myers struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • L. Perdomo Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Sano flied out to left
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Rosario flied out to shallow left
        • B. Buxton: Buxton flied out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • A. Hedges: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hedges grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Coleman: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Coleman struck out swinging
        • L. Perdomo: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Perdomo struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • L. Perdomo Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Sano singled to left
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rosario fouled out to third
        • B. Buxton: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco doubled to right center, Sano to third
        • J. Castro: Castro intentionally walked
        • E. Santana: Santana singled to right, Sano and Polanco scored, Castro to third
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked, Santana to second
        • E. Escobar: Escobar singled to left center, Castro and Santana scored, Mauer to third
        • M. Kepler: Kepler grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Solarte grounded out to third
        • W. Myers: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Myers struck out swinging
        • H. Renfroe: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Renfroe lined out to pitcher
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • L. Perdomo Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Mauer doubled to center
        • E. Escobar: Escobar hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Mauer to third
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kepler grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Sano: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mauer out at home
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • M. Margot: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Margot flied out to center
        • C. Spangenberg: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Spangenberg struck out swinging
        • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pirela struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)