MINNEAPOLIS - Rookie Danny Santana drove in five runs, Kyle Gibson pitched seven strong innings and the Minnesota Twins beat the Houston Astros 8-0 Saturday.
"We made use of a couple of mistakes by them and some walks and did our thing at the plate, took pitches when we had to and (got) some big hits by Danny," Twins manager Ron Gardenire said.
Santana, who hit his first major league home run on Friday night, flied out to lead off the first inning. He then got hits in his next four at-bats, raising his batting average to .373. He also doubled his RBI total from five to 10 on Saturday.
"He's swinging it. He's swinging it really good. He came up in big situations, driving the ball," Gardenhire said. "I think in one case he ball might have been over his head that he shot out in the gap the other way."
Gibson (5-5) scattered three hits and three walks while striking out five, allowing only one runner to reach second base. He was especially effective at keeping the ball on the ground -he induced 12 groundball outs, including the last nine batters he retired.
"He was attacking the strike zone and making them swing. He got us through a big seven innings and made pitches when he had to," said Gardenhire.
Scott Feldman (3-4) was chased in the second inning as the Twins jumped to a 3-0 lead. Feldman walked two, hit a batter and was stung by two infield errors that inning.