Rewards usually come fairly easily when facing the Seattle Mariners at home.
Santana will try to post another home win for the Los Angeles Angels over their light-hitting AL West rivals on Friday night.
The right-hander is 4-0 with a 3.19 ERA in his last nine home starts against the Mariners, and he’s surrendered two runs or fewer in six of those outings. Santana took the loss at Seattle on June 15 when he gave up two runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings of the 3-1 defeat.
Santana (4-8, 3.89 ERA) takes the mound after his first win since May 25. He yielded a run and six hits with eight strikeouts in 7 2-3 innings of the 3-1 victory over the Dodgers on Sunday.
Despite pitching to a 2.30 ERA in his last four starts, Santana only has one win during that span.
“He’s pitched really well every time he’s been out there and we haven’t really gotten him much run support,” teammate Howie Kendrick(notes) said of Santana, who was given 15 runs of support in seven starts between wins.
Kendrick matched a career high by hitting safely in his 16th straight game as he doubled home a run in the Angels’ 5-1 win Thursday. The second baseman is hitting .328 during his run in which Los Angeles (47-42) has gone 12-4.
He also has a hitting streak going against the Mariners that stretches back to last Sept. 10. Kendrick is 12 for 33 over the last nine matchups and 9 for 22 (.409) in six games this year.
With a .307 average, Kendrick is headed to his first All-Star game next week as a reserve. Jered Weaver(notes) may end up starting for the AL squad in Phoenix after tossing a six-hitter for his 11th win.
“It would be cool, no doubt about it. It would be very gratifying, for sure,” Weaver said of the possible start.
The Mariners wasted a solid outing from Doug Fister(notes) en route to their fifth loss in seven road games. He gave up three runs over six innings to become the third AL pitcher with at least 10 losses.
“I was really impressed with the way he used his fastball, but also the way he mixed it in with the secondary stuff,” manager Eric Wedge told the Mariners’ official website. “He had to make some pitches at certain points in time in a tight ballgame, and he was very efficient. Can’t ask for anything more than that in a debut.”
The Angels have won four straight and 13 of 15 at home against the Mariners.