Johan Santana, the big-league leader in strikeouts and AL leader in ERA, took another step toward the Cy Young award as he blanked the Devil Rays over eight innings, collecting 12 strikeouts en route to his 17th win in the midst of a tight playoff chase.
Jae Seo was solid in his first start since coming off the DL, allowing one earned run over six innings, but the Rays managed only three hits against the Twins and made three errors in the field. Delmon Young smacked both of Tampa Bay's hits off Johan Santana.
WP: Santana, Salas, J. IBB: White (by Seo). Pitches-strikes: Santana 95-70, Guerrier 9-7, Seo 94-65, Salas, J 26-14, Jackson 27-15, Switzer 10-5. Ground outs-fly outs: Santana 7-5, Guerrier 0-3, Seo 9-7, Salas, J 2-0, Jackson 3-0, Switzer 3-0. Batters faced: Santana 27, Guerrier 4, Seo 27, Salas, J 7, Jackson 7, Switzer 3. EjectionsMinnesota Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire ejected by 3B umpire Tim Tschida. (7th). Umpires: HP: Gary Cederstrom. 1B: Laz Diaz. 2B: Rick Reed. 3B: Tim Tschida. Weather: 72 degrees, dome. Wind: Indoors. T: 2:34. Att: 8,256.
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