Indians’ Santana continues HR tear


First Posted: 7/27/2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson and Jim Rice didn’t do it. Neither did Mark McGwire, Albert Pujols, Jim Thome, Barry Bonds nor any other opposing slugger who played at Kansas City.

Carlos Santana hit five home runs in a series at spacious Kauffman Stadium, connecting for two more shots Sunday and leading the Cleveland Indians over the Royals 10-3.

Santana tied a team record for homers in a series, finishing off this four-game set with a pair of two-run shots. He has homered in three straight games, and has hit six home runs in six games.

“I know I’m hot, but I’m taking the same approach,” Santana said. “This can happen in this game when a player gets focused. It’s a help to the team.”

Santana and the Indians ended a four-game losing skid and stopped the Royals’ five-game winning streak.

Santana went 3 for 3 and reached base in all five plate appearances, including drawing his major league-leading 72nd walk. The switch-hitter homered in a four-run fifth inning and hit another drive in the ninth for his fifth career multihomer game and his second of the series.

“It was pretty impressive to watch,” teammate Mike Aviles said. “Everybody knows how big he can be. He was able to drive some balls out of the park consistently from both sides.”

In his past six games, Santana is 14 for 23, including three doubles and 10 RBIs.

NOTES: After missing five games with back problems, SS Asdrubal Cabrera started for the Indians. 3B Lonnie Chisenhall was held out the second straight game with a stomach virus. … The Indians will activate RHP Justin Masterson on Friday and start him against Texas. Masterson, a 14-game winner last year, is on the disabled list with right knee inflammation.