Johan Santana once went 20 straight starts without losing.
Those days are long gone.
The 25-year-old left-hander had been 10-0 since a July 23, 2003 defeat to Kansas City before getting the loss in a 5-3 setback to Toronto on May 18.
Things got worse in a hurry in his last start.
Santana gave up seven runs and 10 hits over just three innings in a 17-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
“Every pitch he was making was getting too much of the plate,” said Twins catcher Henry Blanco. “If you continue to leave it out there, you’re going to get hurt.”
To make matters worse, Santana has had his problems against the Royals during his career, going just 3-2 with a 5.74 ERA in 16 career appearances, including five starts.
The Twins have lost four of their last six, including Friday’s 2-1 defeat in the series opener.
Kansas City has won three of four following a four-game losing streak.