Twins 1W: J. Santana (11-6)
L: Haren (10-8)Athletics 0
Johan Santana struck out nine Athletics in a masterful three-hitter to lead visiting Minnesota. Santana got his second shutout of the season and the third of his career, dominating Oakland's lineup while extending his AL strikeouts lead. He won a scintillating duel with Dan Haren, who also pitched a three-hitter in his third complete game of the season.
But Santana, the defending Cy Young Award winner, retired 20 straight batters between Nick Swisher's leadoff single in the third inning and Mark Kotsay's two-out double in the ninth. Bobby Crosby then drew a walk, but Eric Chavez flied out to end a game that took just two hours.
Santana went to just two three-ball counts all night, keeping the A's largest crowd of the season silent and seated. He also struck out five straight batters at one point, overwhelming Oakland with his power and control.
MinnesotaABRHBIBBSOAVGTotals2913124 -- ShStewart lf400000.281Punto ss400000.244Mauer c400000.296Morneau 1b401000.249LeCroy dh300001.262LFord cf111020.257MRyan rf300001.183Cuddyer 3b301101.269LRodriguez 2b300001.273OaklandABRHBIBBSOAVGTotals3003019 -- Kendall c400001.269Kotsay dh401000.272Crosby ss300011.285EChavez 3b400001.274Kielty lf300001.269DJohnson 1b301002.325Payton cf300001.268Swisher rf301001.255MEllis 2b300001.313Minnesota
000010000 -- 130Oakland
000000000 -- 031 E: Crosby (4). LOB: Minnesota 3, Oakland 4. 2B: Kotsay (26), DJohnson (15). RBI: Cuddyer (29). SB: LFord (8). GIDP: Punto, LRodriguez.
DP: Oakland 2 (Crosby, MEllis and DJohnson), (EChavez, DJohnson and Crosby).
MinnesotaIP HRERBBSONPERAJoSantana, W9 300191103.48OaklandIP HRERBBSONPERAHaren, L9 311241133.90 T: 2:00. A: 46,812 (43,662).