The Closer: Santana's sour note

The Orioles swept the Red Sox and a catcher recorded four hits in his first major league game, but Sunday's biggest shock came in Philadelphia:

Johan Santana gave up 10 runs in a game.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner was rocked at Citizens Bank Park, surrendering four home runs over 3.2 innings in an 11-5 loss to the Phillies. Here are some of the nuggets from his performance:

* Santana is the first Mets pitcher to allow 10 runs and 4 HR in the same outing.
* He is the 10th Mets starting pitcher to allow 10 runs in a game and the first since Orlando Hernandez allowed 11 runs on August 15, 2006, in Philly.
* Only two other pitchers since 2005 have allowed 10 runs and 4 HR in the same game: Gio Gonzalez (11 runs, 4 HR) vs. Twins on July 20, 2009 and Jason Marquis (13 runs, 4 HR) vs. White Sox on June 21, 2006.
* Ryan Howard and Chase Utley each hit their fourth career homer off Santana. Only Magglio Ordonez has hit more (five).

And here is why Santana lost:

* Didn't finish off hitters: Santana went to two-strike counts in 11 plate appearances and five Phillies reached base (4 hits, 1 BB). Three of the Phillies' four home runs came with Santana ahead in the count.
* Hittable fastball: Phillies hitters tattooed Santana's heater, going 5-11 with four extra-base hits and three home runs. Opponents are batting .301 and slugging .521 against Santana's fastball this season, both the worst of his career since 2007.

In Baltimore, the Orioles finished off a sweep of the Red Sox with a 3-2 win in 10 innings. It was the O's first THREE-GAME sweep of the Red Sox at home since 1974 (four-game sweep in 1998). After winning only four of their first 22 games, the Orioles took some of their frustration out on the visitors from Boston.


Prior to this weekend, the Orioles were really struggling. The Birds still own the sport's worst record, but the Red Sox gave them such much-needed life.

With Joe Mauer sidelined with a bruised heel, the Twins called up rookie catcher Wilson Ramos. Ramos didn't waste any time before contributing. The rookie collected four hits in his major league debut, helping Minnesota to an 8-3 win at Cleveland.

The Elias Sports Bureau tells us Ramos is the 21st player and first catcher in the modern era (since 1900) to record four hits in his MLB debut. The last player with four hits in his MLB debut was Derrick Gibson for the Rockies on Sept. 8, 1998 vs. the Marlins. The only Twin to do so was Kirby Puckett on May 8, 1984, vs. the Angels.