Silva looks to remain undefeated against the Angels when the Minnesota Twins conclude a three-game series at Angel Stadium.
After winning his first five decisions, the 25-year-old right-hander has had mixed results, going 5-5 in his last 16 starts with a 4.80 ERA. In three of his last six outings, Silva has allowed a combined five runs in 22 1-3 innings and won once. However, he has given up 17 runs over 17 2-3 innings with one loss in the other three.
Yet the 6-foot-4 Venezuelan has dominated the Angels this season. Aided by team record-tying six double plays, he allowed 11 hits for his first career complete game and shutout in a 10-0 win on Aug. 3.
He is now 2-0 with a 1.10 ERA in two career starts against Anaheim, which entered Saturday with the most hits and the highest team batting average in the majors (.289).
“He’s adjusted to being a starter,” said Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson of Silva, who was a reliever for Philadelphia the previous two years. “He’s had an up and down season. He was basically a one-pitch pitcher (sinking fastball as a reliever). We’re trying to incorporate some things to slow him down. He’s made steady improvement.”
The Angels, whose nine-game winning streak was snapped, set a franchise record with a combined 30 runs in their previous two games and averaged 8.6 runs during their winning streak.
Jose Guillen went 0-for-4 and had a seven-game hitting streak stopped. He is 4-for-9 (.444) with two doubles against Santos.
The Angels are 1 1/2 game behind the Boston Red Sox in the wild card race. They are off Monday before visiting Boston for a three-game series.