San Francisco Giants Friday game wrap: Santana throws four hit shutout and hits for three RBIs in 4-0 Twins win over Giants

June 9, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (7) tossing to starting pitcher Ervin Santana (54) to catch the Giants Brandon Belt (not shown) during a MLB baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and the San Francisco Giants on Portuguese Heritage Night at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. Valerie Shoaps/CSM (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-After returning home from a 3-4 road trip, and a win in the road finale, you would think that the San Francisco Giants would continue their winning ways.

Unfortunately that did not happen, as Ervin Santana hit a bases clearing double in the top of the fourth inning and the Minnesota Twins took game one of the three-game weekend series with a 4-0 victory over the Giants, before a crowd of 41,046, the 517th consecutive regular season sellout at AT&T Park.

The three runs driven in by Santana are the most by a Twins pitcher since Luis Tiant on May 28, 1970 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

In what was his first ever appearance against the Giants, Santana threw a complete game, allowing zero runs, while scattering just four hits, while walking just one and striking out four, as he improved his record to 8-3 on the season. Prior to tonight, the Giants were the only team that Santana never faced.

Brian Dozier drove in the only run that the Twins would need on the night, as he singled in Byron Buxton, who singled to lead-off the top of the third inning.

Despite that one bad inning, it was not a bad night for Matt Moore, as he went six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out three; however, his record on the season fell to 2-7.

Eduardo Nunez extended his hitting streak up to 11 games with a single in the bottom of the first inning, and he also extended his streak of reaching base up to 24 games. On the other hand, Buster Posey saw his streak of reaching base come to an end after 22 straight games.

NOTES: Jeff Samardzija takes the ball for the Giants in the second game of the three-game series for the Giants, while Jose Berrios will take the mound for the Twins. This will be Berrio’s first ever appearance against the Giants.

Prior to the game, the Giants added Sam Dyson to the roster and sent Orlando Calixte to Triple-A Sacramento.

It was two years ago tonight that Chris Heston threw the fifth Giants no-hitter in seven years, as the Giants defeated the New York Mets 5-0 at Citi Field. Heston did not walk a batter and struck out 11. He also hit three batters.

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