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Maestro! Santana wins 11th straight

Posted: Monday, September 20, 2004

 

  AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt Minnesota Twins pitcher Johan Santana jumps off the mound after striking out Baltimore Orioles' Tim Raines to end the eighth inning in Minneapolis Sunday. AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt

AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt Minnesota Twins pitcher Johan Santana jumps off the mound after striking out Baltimore Orioles' Tim Raines to end the eighth inning in Minneapolis Sunday.

AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt

MINNEAPOLIS Johan Santana won his 11th straight start with another dominant performance, striking out a career high 14 over eight shutout innings for the Minnesota Twins in a 5-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

By winning his 12th consecutive decision, Santana (19-6) tied a Twins team record set by Scott Erickson in 1991 and matched by Brad Radke in 1997. He struck out five of his last six batters, excitedly jumping off the mound after Tim Raines went down swinging to end the eighth.

Santana allowed seven hits and didn't walk a batter, extending his scoreless inning streak to 30. Joe Nathan gave up an RBI single to Rafael Palmeiro in the ninth.

Michael Restovich hit a two-run homer, and Luis Rivas and Henry Blanco each had solo shots for the Twins, who can clinch their third straight AL Central title with a victory Monday in the opener of a three-game series at the Chicago White Sox.

Bruce Chen (1-1) was almost as good as Santana for awhile, but four of the six hits he allowed were homers by Rivas in the third, Blanco in the sixth and Restovich in the seventh.

Chen, a veteran of nine organizations and eight major league teams, was coming off his first career complete game a five-hit, one-run win at Toronto on Monday. Brought up from Triple-A Ottawa on Aug. 25, Chen struck out seven and walked one in seven innings. In five starts for the Orioles, he has a 2.45 ERA.

Baltimore had its chances. Raines hit a one-out double in the first but was thrown out at third on perfect throws by center fielder Lew Ford and shortstop Cristian Guzman.

Miguel Tejada the only Orioles starter who didn't strike out led off the second with an infield single, but he was erased when B.J. Surhoff grounded into a double play. Larry Bigbie singled with one out in the third, but Santana struck out Brian Roberts and Raines to end it.

Yankees 11, Red Sox 1

NEW YORK The New York Yankees battered Pedro Martinez, chasing Boston out of town with their second rout in a row.

Gary Sheffield, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada homered off an ineffective Martinez, and Mike Mussina gave the resilient Yankees another excellent outing Sunday as New York opened a 4 1/2-game lead in the AL East with an 11-1 victory.

Alex Rodriguez also connected in the second consecutive offensive outburst by the Yankees, who outscored their longtime rivals 25-5 the past two days after a deflating loss Friday night.

Athletics 2, Mariners 1

SEATTLE Eric Chavez and Erubiel Durazo each drove in runs, and Mark Redman (11-12) outpitched Bobby Madritsch (5-3) as Oakland pulled three games ahead of Anaheim in the AL West standings.

Redman, who lost his two previous starts, allowed one run and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings. Octavio Dotel pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.

Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki was hitless in four at-bats and walked, holding his season hits total at 236. With 13 games remaining, he needs 22 more to break the major league season record set by George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns in 1920.

Rangers 1, Angels 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. Rookie Chris Young (2-2) allowed five hits in six innings, Kevin Mench hit a run-scoring single and the Rangers shut out the Angels for the second straight day.

Anaheim leads the major leagues in batting at .285, but has been blanked three times in five games including a 2-0 loss Saturday. It's the first time since Sept. 28-29, 1992, against Kansas City that the Angels were shut out by the same team in consecutive home games.

The Angels fell three games behind AL West-leading Oakland and the Rangers stayed five games back of the Athletics. Anaheim, which has lost four of six overall, remained 5 1/2 games behind Boston in the wild-card race.

White Sox 6, Tigers 1

CHICAGO Paul Konerko and Carlos Lee homered, and Freddy Garcia pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning to lead the White Sox.

Garcia (12-11) easily handled the Tigers and appeared headed for his first shutout of the season, but loaded the bases with one out in the eighth before allowing Dmitri Young's sacrifice fly. He allowed one run and six hits, struck out eight and walked three in 7 1-3 innings.

Blue Jays 9, Devil Rays 7

TORONTO Vernon Wells homered in Toronto's five-run third inning and Guillermo Quiroz had two RBIs for the Blue Jays, who moved two games behind fourth-place Tampa Bay in the AL East.

Vinnie Chulk (1-3) pitched 1 1-3 innings for his first major league win. Justin Speier got three outs for his seventh save.

Indians 8, Royals 3

CLEVELAND Ben Broussard hit a three-run homer to help Kyle Denney earn his first major league win for the Indians.

Broussard's 14th homer capped a five-run third inning off Denny Bautista (0-3) as Cleveland averted a three-game sweep and won for just the fifth time in 16 games.

Kansas City has not swept a team for 57 consecutive series since taking three straight from Texas on Aug. 26-28, 2003.



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