Johan Santana took a shutout into the eighth inning last night and won his fifth straight start, spoiling Mike Mussina's return from the disabled list by pitching the Minnesota Twins to a 7-2 victory over the visiting New York Yankees.
Shannon Stewart went 3 for 5 with a homer and two RBI and Jacque Jones also homered for the Twins, who have outscored the Yankees 15-4 in winning the first two of a three-game series between AL division leaders.
Santana (13-6) gave up two runs and five hits in seven-plus innings with six strikeouts and one walk. He helped put an end to Derek Jeter's 17-game hitting streak. Jeter finished 0 for 4.
"That's a great lineup over there, they have some very good hitters," Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire said. "[Santana] went right at 'em."
Since the all-star break, Santana is 6-0 with a 1.82 ERA. The left-hander gave up only two hits through the first seven innings. Joe Nathan struck out two in the ninth, extending his streak to 29 scoreless innings.
Mussina (9-7), who made his first start since July 6 because of a stiff right elbow, didn't have much on his pitches and Tanyon Sturtze came out for the fifth inning with the Twins leading, 4-0.
* RANGERS 5, INDIANS 2: Hank Blalock homered twice, Kenny Rogers earned his 15th win and Texas extended its winning streak to six games with a win at home.
Rogers allowed two runs and eight hits in six effective innings to move within two wins of matching his career high -- he went 17-7 for Texas in 1995. Francisco Cordero got his 37th save.
Casey Blake homered for Cleveland, which finished 1-8 against Texas and fell 41/2 games behind first-place Minnesota in the AL Central.
* ANGELS 6, DEVIL RAYS 4: Bartolo Colon pitched into the ninth inning for his seventh win in eight starts, and Vladimir Guerrero homered and drove in two runs for Anaheim in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Colon (12-9) allowed two runs and three hits in 82/3 innings, improving to 7-0 career against Tampa Bay.
* RED SOX 6, BLUE JAYS 4: Tim Wakefield retired 13 straight hitters while working eight innings, helping push host Boston a season-high 15 games over .500.
Kevin Millar and Bill Mueller each drove in two runs for the Red Sox, who improved to 67-52 with their ninth win in 12 games.
* ROYALS 3, MARINERS 2: John Buck hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift Kansas City at home.
Seattle right fielder Ichiro Suzuki, leading the majors with a .366 batting average, left the game with a mild concussion in the third inning when he was hit in the head by a pitch from Jimmy Serrano. Suzuki lay face down in the batter's box for several minutes before coming to his feet and walking to the dugout.
* WHITE SOX 9, TIGERS 2: In Chicago, Aaron Rowand homered twice -- including his first career grand slam -- and Jose Contreras won his third straight decision.
Mike Jackson threw a scoreless ninth for the White Sox, becoming the ninth pitcher in major league history with 1,000 appearances.
Chicago Manager Ozzie Guillen was back at the ballpark after spending a night in a hospital because of a kidney stone.