MONTREAL (Ticker) -- It appears
finally may be putting his struggles behind him.
Santana dominated the
for eight innings while
provided the offense as the
rolled to an 8-2 victory.
Santana (4-4) allowed two runs and three hits while striking out seven. He gave up a leadoff double to
in the first inning and then set down 17 straight batters until hitting Wilkerson in the seventh.
"(He) was outstanding," Minnesota manager
said. "It looks like he's found a good rhythm throwing the ball the last couple of times out. "
Santana has won two straight starts following a four-game losing streak. The 25-year-old has allowed just three runs while striking out 17 in his last two outings.
"Today I was able to throw strikes, especially the first pitch," Santana said. "My changeup and slider were good. You also have to give credit to our defense for making great plays."
The Twins jumped on Montreal starter
for three runs in the first inning, including RBI singles by
Day (5-7) gave up four runs and four hits in just 1 1/3 innings, the shortest outing of his career.
"I didn't get it going early and it took too long to figure it out," Day said. "It was one of those things where it just didn't go our way."
The righthander aided the Twins by walking two and throwing a wild pitch in the opening frame.
"It's not the hitting tonight," Montreal manager
said. "Not when you put your team down four with walks and you can't find the strike zone or whatever."
"We were able to capitalize early and get the lead and it turned out to be all we needed," Ford said. "We take pride in our defense."
Hunter added a two-run homer in the sixth when his deep drive to left hit a wire hanging down from the roof, putting Minnesota up 6-0. Ford was 2-for-5 and ripped a two-run blast off reliver
in the seventh inning.
"I thought I popped out, but it hit the speaker and it's a homer ... I'll take it," Hunter said.
's two-run homer in the seventh accounted for the only runs off Santana.
Montreal has lost four straight and seven of its last nine games.
The Twins were commencing a nine-game road trip and the contest represented the first time the two teams have opposed each other.