Friday, September 20, 2013
Matchup: Martin Perez vs. Ervin Santana
By Todd Wills
KANSAS CITY -- The Rangers open a three-game weekend series in Kansas City as left-hander Martin Perez faces Royals right-hander Ervin Santana at 7:10 p.m. Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Perez (9-5, 3.64 ERA): Perez has followed up a six-game winning streak with two straight losses.
He allowed three earned runs in 6⅓ innings in the Rangers' 5-1 loss to Oakland on Sunday.
It was the first time Perez has lost a game when he's had a quality start.
Perez has pitched like a veteran, issuing two walks or fewer in 15 of 17 starts.
The only major league rookie left-hander with more wins is the Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Perez has won five straight road games, the second-longest streak by a Texas starter behind Derek Holland's six-game streak.
Santana (9-9, 3.23): Santana has pitched well in his first season with the Royals.
He is ninth in the American League in ERA.
Santana had 6⅔ scoreless innings and beat Detroit on Saturday.
He gave up five hits while fanning five and walking one.
Santana is 5-5 with a 3.02 ERA in 14 home starts.
He took a no-decision in his only start against the Rangers this season back in June, allowing an unearned run in seven innings in a 3-1 Royals loss.
Santana is 6-6 with a 4.98 ERA in 28 career starts against Texas.
Hitters: Perez has never faced the Royals. Ian Kinsler (19-for-54, 1 HR, 6 RBIs) and Elvis Andrus (12-for-40, 2 RBIs) have had success against Santana.