Santos is trying to earn a permanent spot in the Brewers rotation, his fourth team in four years. The right-hander has pitched for Detroit, Colorado and Texas from 2001-03, going 2-8 overall with a 7.43 ERA in 13 career starts.
However, Santos is 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA in nine starts for the Brewers this year, after beginning the season at Triple-A Indianapolis and pitching in relief his first three games. He won his third straight decision, giving up two hits over seven scoreless innings in the Brewers’ 3-0 win over Seattle on Tuesday.
Santos is part of a team that has been playing with a lot of confidence. The Brewers have eight victories in their last 11 games, including a 7-6 win over the Twins on Saturday. Milwaukee moved five games above .500 for the first time this season as it had its 14th come-from-behind victory.
Geoff Jenkins continued his hot hitting with a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, his fifth in nine games. The outfielder is hitting .351 (13-for-37) with eight RBIs in that span.
“You’re not used to seeing that too much. Neither am I,” Jenkins said. “This is a different club. The psyche of it is a lot different. We really do expect to win every game. I haven’t been on a team like that before.”
Lyle Overbay had three hits on Saturday to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. He had an 18-game run earlier this season and is batting .348 for the year. Scott Podsednik hit his ninth homer Saturday, equaling his total for all of 2003.
“Every time we need a big home run he just jumps up there and gets it,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said of Podsednik.
The Twins finish their nine-game road trip with three games at the Red Sox before facing the Brewers and the White Sox at home next week.