One night after ending their longest losing streak of the season, the San Diego Padres find themselves matched up against one of the toughest starters in baseball.
The Padres beat the Twins 7-2 on Saturday. Ryan Klesko had three hits, including a double and a homer for San Diego, which scored its most runs since an 8-4 win over Milwaukee on May 31.
Robert Fick went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI for San Diego. The Padres, who improved to 4-12 in June after winning a franchise-record 22 games in May, led the NL in runs just two weeks ago, but have scored just 44 this month.
“Obviously, we haven’t been scoring a lot of runs and doing what we want to do up there,” Klesko said. “We were kind of in a lull for a while. It’s a good stepping stone for us to start with.”
Santana allowed three earned runs and six hits in eight innings of the Twins’ 11-inning, 4-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. Last year’s AL Cy Young Award winner is 2-0 in his last five starts and has allowed just 10 earned runs in 39 innings over that span.
“Not as sharp as he’s always been, but he threw the ball good enough to get a win,” manager Ron Gardenhire said Tuesday. “He gave us a good chance tonight.”
Santana will face Darrell May, who is making his sixth start and 20th appearance of the season. Adam Eaton will skip his scheduled start Monday because of a strained flexor tendon in his right middle finger, and Jake Peavy, who is now slated to pitch Monday, is getting an extra day of rest to recover from an upper respiratory infection.