It wasn't quite a no-hitter like his last outing, but Ervin Santana put up another impressive performance Tuesday night as the Angels beat the Twins 5-1 to open a six-game homestand in Anaheim. Santana pitched his second straight complete game, striking out seven in the process. Mark Trumbo provided the big blow on offense with a three-run home run.
The win pushed Santana's record to 7-8 on the season, a misleading line since he has pitched well all year. In his last 14 starts, Santana is 6-4 with a 2.49 ERA, averaging over seven innings per start with 82 strikeouts and 27 walks. The Angels are 3-1 against the Twins this season.
Trumbo's home run was his 20th of the season, the most by an Angels rookie since Tim Salmon hit 31 bombs in 1993. Trumbo, who is hitting .255/.298/.485 this season, leads American League rookies in home runs (20), total bases (173), hits (91), doubles (20), runs (43), and RBI (58). Torii Hunter also homered for the Angels, his 14th of the year.
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