Santana drives in five as Phillies take down Giants

Philadelphia Phillies win again as Santana breaks out
Carlos Santana was snake-bitten throughout pretty much the entire first month of the season, but it appears his luck is turning the tide as he collected three hits and tied a career-high with five RBIs in a Phillies 11-3 win over the Giants at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night.

His BABIP in March and April was an unlucky .167, but since the start of May he's collected 10 hits, eight of which have gone for extra bases, and his BABIP for the month is .250.

"I'm just trying to focus," Santana said last night (see video). "I'm not trying to pull and just make contact."



Beyond Santana, Maikel Franco collected three hits, including a solo shot in the seventh and Odubel Herrera worked three walks to extend his on-base streak to 38 games. It's the longest streak for the Phillies since Bobby Abreu had a 48-gamer in 2000-01.

Nick Pivetta tossed five strong innings but succumbed to a high pitch count (96). He kept the Giants off the board, surrendering just four hits. He struck out seven.

"His fastball had a lot of life today," said manager Gabe Kapler. "His secondary stuff was a little inconsistent, but he battled a rocky first inning and came back ... he stayed composed, continued to attack and got us through five."



The two clubs complete their four-game set on Thursday afternoon with Vince Velasquez squaring off against lefty Ty Blach. The game will be aired exclusively on Facebook.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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