Santana shuts down Tribe

Right from the start, you almost knew the game wasn’t going to go the Indians’ way. After the Tribe were retired in the top of the first (two by strikeouts), the first batter that came to the plate for the Twins reached on a Ben Broussard fielding error. Nick Punto followed with an RBI double and ended up at third as a result of a Ronnie Belliard throwing error on the relay to the plate. Before he knew it, Sabathia was down 2-0 on two unearned runs. Tribe hitters were once again unable to solve the dominant Twins pitchers as they lost 6-2 Saturday night. Johan Santana gave up only five hits and struck out seven in as many innings to win his tenth of the season. Sabathia went the distance for the Tribe, giving up four earned runs and a season-high 13 hits. Travis Hafner hit his 27th homer of the season off Santana in the second.

“He was pretty normal Santana,” right fielder Casey Blake said, paying the left-hander a compliment. “He’s just tough, because he has just enough to get it by you. If you’re sitting on anything other than his fastball, and he throws you a fastball, you’re just hoping to get a piece of it. If you’re sitting on his fastball, your chances of hitting that changeup are slim.”

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