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Santana gets first win as a starter

8/3/2003

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Johan Santana pitched six solid innings for
his first win since moving into Minnesota's starting rotation, and
Shannon Stewart homered as the Twins defeated the Detroit Tigers
7-2 Sunday.

One day after the Tigers snapped a 16-game losing streak to
Minnesota, the Twins scored two quick runs to extend Detroit's
first-inning woes. The Tigers went 1-5 on their trip to Seattle and
Minnesota and allowed 22 first-inning runs.

Santana (5-3) had been 0-2 in four starts since replacing Joe
Mays in the rotation on July 11. He gave up two runs and five hits,
striking out seven.

The left-hander took a 5-0 lead into the sixth, but gave up
Bobby Higginson's two-run homer and a double by Craig Monroe before
striking out the next three hitters.

J.C. Romero, LaTroy Hawkins and Eddie Guardado finished with
scoreless relief.

The Twins, who scored five runs in the first inning Friday,
again wasted no time jumping on Tigers starter Matt Roney (1-7).
Stewart walked leading off the first, and Luis Rivas drove him home
with a triple to right-center. Rivas scored on a broken-bat single
by Doug Mientkiewicz to put the Twins ahead 2-0.

Roney walked the bases full, but escaped further damage when he
got Chris Gomez to foul out on a 3-1 pitch.

Stewart hit his 10th home run in the second, a 421-foot shot to
center to give Minnesota a 3-0 lead.

Roney's short day ended when he loaded the bases on two singles
and a walk with nobody out in the third. Steve Sparks relieved and
induced a run-scoring double-play grounder by Gomez -- the Tigers'
AL-leading 126th double play this season. But Cristian Guzman hit a
two-out RBI single and the Twins led 5-0.

Roney allowed five runs on six hits and four walks in his fifth
straight loss. Sparks, who has pitched an AL-leading 77 1-3 innings
in relief this year, held the Twins scoreless for four innings
before Gomez's two-run double padded the Twins' cushion to 7-2 in
the seventh.

Game notes
The Tigers were missing two coaches. Third-base coach Juan
Samuel left the team to join his wife as she gives birth to the
couple's first child, and bench coach Kirk Gibson left to attend a
funeral. Bullpen coach Lance Parrish filled in at third base. ...
Tigers C A.J. Hinch was in the starting lineup a day after he was
activated from the 15-day disabled list. He grounded into a double
play in his first at-bat.