Ervin Santana Tosses Complete Gem in Angels Win

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 02: Ervin Santana #54 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates his 5-1 win over the Minnesota Twins with Bobby Wilson #46 after the final out in the ninth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 2, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Following a no-hitter in his last start, sudden rotation workhorse Ervin Santana pitched the Los Angeles Angels to a one run complete game win over the Minnesota Twins.

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Magic tossed 121 pitches, allowed 8 hits (the first one coming in the 2nd inning to end any suspense of back-to-back no-nos), an earned run, stuck out 7 and walked two Twins. Coupled with a Rangers loss to our beloved Detroit Tigers (2B Carlos Guillen 0-3), the Angels are now one game out of first place in the AL Western division.

From Eric Kay in the Angels Media Department...

  • Angels move to -1.0 back of Texas - closest to division lead since being a game back on July 10.
  • Ervin Santana is the first Angel to follow a no-hitter with a complete game since Nolan Ryan did it in June of 1975.
  • First MLB player to follow a no-hitter with a complete game win since Tommy Greene (5/28/91).
  • In their last seven starts Jered Weaver, Dan Haren and Santana have posted a combined 6-1 record with a 1.16 ERA (62 IP - 8 ER).
  • Mark Trumbo: 1-for-4, HR (20), 3 RBI (58); 3-Run HR flew an estimated 457 feet (credit ESPN HR tracker).
  • Has driven in at least one run with each of his last eight hits.
  • Has driven in 14 runs in last 11 games and leads team in HR and RBI.
  • Sixth Angel rookie with 20 or more HRs, first since Tim Salmon hit 31 in 1993.

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