Carlos Santana continued his two-month surge over the weekend as he capped it all off with a two-homer, four RBI game against the Royals on Sunday. In his last seven games, Santana went 15-for-27 with six home runs, 10 RBI, eight runs scored and he even added a stolen base. That brilliance included five home runs during the four-game series with the Royals. In the series, Santana went 9-for-14 with five walks and reached base in 15 of his 20 plate appearances. In the season's first two months, Santana was ice cold combining for a .159 BA over his first 50 games. That stretch was punctuated with a concussion Santana suffered from taking a foul tip off his mask in late May, keeping him out for nine games. Santana returned to the lineup on June 6th and hit .308 last month and in June while playing primarily first base. July is shaping up to be his best month yet. After Sunday's game, Santana has eight home runs and 18 RBI through 23 games this month, and five of his six multi-hit games have come within the past week. After Sunday, Santana's season batting average is up to .232.
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Tyson Ross continued his dominance Thursday night against the Cubs over six innings to earn the victory. Ross was in control from the first inning and he piled up a season-high 11 strikeouts over six innings in a victory over the Cubs. He surrendered just one run on five hits and a walk last night. Ross began missing bats at an impressive rate during his breakout 2013 campaign, and has carried over that success right into this season. Through Thursday, his 143 strikeouts tie him with teammate Ian Kennedy for third in the National League, trailing only Johnny Cueto and Stephen Strasburg. With Thursday’s victory at Wrigley, Ross now owns a 1.89 ERA over 19 innings in his last three starts away from Petco Park. He’ll try to earn his 10th victory when he faces the Cardinals at home on Tuesday. As for Padres offense which ranks last in the National League in runs scored, batting average, and on-base percentage, they erupted in the sixth inning. In that frame, they scored nine runs on eight hits, all singles, in 15 plate appearances. The Padres won 13-3 and won the three game series against the Cubs.
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