Santos wins four of last five starts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- For the better part of his 10-year career, Victor Santos has been searching for this chance.

Santos won for the fourth time in five starts and Jeff Liefer tied a career high with four RBI to lead the Milwaukee Brewers over the Minnesota Twins 7-2 Saturday night.

"The last few years I've been bouncing around a lot and I just wanted to stick somewhere," Santos said. "I think this is the place."

Santos (6-3), who spent seven years in Detroit's system before joining Colorado and Texas, was signed by Milwaukee on Dec. 2.

On Saturday, the non-roster invitee dominated the Twins, allowing two runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. Santos struck out a season-high seven and walked just one.

"He was nasty," Torii Hunter said after striking out three times against Santos. "I was worn out, out there."

Since joining the rotation on May 4, Santos has allowed just 23 runs in 59 1/3 innings for a 3.49 ERA. He has three scoreless starts this season and has already tripled his career win total.

"After they put me in the starting role, I got an opportunity to do something special this year," Santos said. "I wanted to take advantage of it."

Santos also improved to 5-0 with a 2.78 ERA in six road starts this season.

Liefer homered for the first time since July 30 and Lyle Overbay drove in two runs with his major league-leading 30th double to help Milwaukee snap a three-game losing streak.

Jacque Jones hit a two-run single for the Twins, whose three-game winning streak ended.

Matt Guerrier (0-1) allowed four runs and six hits in four innings in his second big league start.

"Matty was pretty much up in the zone and they were pretty much on what he was throwing," manager Ron Gardenhire said of his No. 5 starter.

Milwaukee scored in the second inning on Keith Ginter's RBI single, before breaking the game open with three runs in both the
fourth and fifth innings. Ginter went 3-for-4 and five Brewers had two hits each.

"We came out swinging tonight and it didn't really matter who was pitching," Liefer said.

Overbay and Ben Grieve opened the fourth with consecutive
singles off Guerrier before Liefer hit a three-run homer off the
foul pole in right to make it 4-0.

"I was pretty sure it was going to stay fair, but obviously
when it hit the foul pole it was closer than I thought," Liefer

Junior Spivey and Geoff Jenkins opened the fifth with
consecutive singles -- this time off reliever Terry Mulholland --
before Overbay drove in both with a double.

Grieve singled to move Overbay over before Liefer drove him in
with a sacrifice fly to make it 7-0. Liefer, who entered the game
hitless in his previous nine at-bats, went 2-for-3.

The Twins finally got to Santos in the seventh when Jones hit a
two-run single.

Game notes
Hunter struck out four times for the second time in 10
games. ... Twins second baseman Luis Rivas made a spectacular
diving play in the sixth inning on Spivey's one-hopper. Doug
Mientkiewicz made a few diving stops at first base. ... Liefer was
playing for Tampa Bay when he last homered. ... Santos entered the
season with a 2-8 major league record, but was 56-41 in the minors.
... Reliever Mike Adams struck out three and did not allow a
baserunner in 2 2-3 innings. Opponents are batting only .123
(8-for-65) against Adams this season. ... Ginter is 11-for-19
(.579) during a five-game hitting streak.