|Santana: 4-hit CG Shutout|
A primary reason the Minnesota Twins are in first place in the AL Central division is the continued excellence of ace starter, Ervin Santana, who notched his eighth win against three losses Friday as the Twins whipped the Giants, 4-0.
The win was in the opener of a three-game weekend series in San Francisco. Santana was brilliant, hurling his third complete game shutout of the season, allowing just four hits and needing a mere 91 to tame the San Francisco lineup.
Striking out five and walking one, Santana set down 13 of the first 14 batters he faced and set down the final eight in order.
With an ERA of 2.20, Santana is a solid prospect to be a one of the starters chosen for next month's all-star game. The most glaring statistic in his repertoire is the .154 batting average he allows opposing batters. In 90 innings, Santana has given up just 47 hits.
|Moore: 2 HR, 4 RBI|
Game two of the series at AT&T Park is Saturday, 1:05 pm PT.
Giancarlo Stanton hit his 16th home run of the season and Tyler Moore put a pair of balls in the stands as the Miami Marlins out-slugged Pittsburgh, 12-7.
After delivering a sac fly in the second inning to get the Marlins on the board, Moore belted a two run homer in the third and launched a solo shot in the seventh as Miami built an insurmountable lead. The Pirates made the score more respectable by scoring a run in the eighth and two in the ninth.
Moore also singled, finishing 3-for-4 with four RBI.
Moore, who missed half of April and the first nine days of May, has just recently found his best groove, going 7-for-12 in his last three games, raising his batting average from .175 to .269.
The win was the third straight for the Marlins, who are 11 games behind Washington in the NL East. Pittsburgh hosts Miami in game three of their four-game set Saturday, 4:05 pm ET.