Santana gets the start in Game 2

Santana tries to keep it rolling vs. Red Sox

The Twins will play the middle game of their weekend series against the Red Sox on Saturday at the Metrodome. Minnesota won Friday's series opener, 12-0. The Twins had scored a total of 12 runs in their previous five games combined.

Johan Santana will take the mound for Minnesota against lefty David Wells.

Santana's three-game winning streak was snapped Monday against the red-hot A's. The left-hander still looked sharp, allowing two runs on five hits over seven innings. The ace also had seven strikeouts, the most he's had since July 1.

Santana has a 2.08 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break. In one start against Boston last year, he gave up two runs on two hits over eight innings to earn the victory.

Pitching matchup
MIN: LHP Johan Santana
• 10-6, 3.65 ERA in 2005
• 1-0, 2.25 ERA vs. BOS in 2004

BOS: LHP David Wells
• 9-5, 4.45 ERA in 2005
• 1-0, 2.57 ERA vs. MIN in 2005

Player to watch
Shannon Stewart is 9-for-25 (.360) in his career against Wells.

"Our pitchers deserved a breather. Hopefully, we'll carry on from there." -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire after Friday's 12-0 win

On the Internet
Gameday Audio
Official game notes

On television
• MIN: UPN 29

On radio
• MIN: WCCO 830 AM
• BOS: WEEI 850 AM, WROL 950 AM (Español)

Quick hits
Jacque Jones has seven homers in his last 16 games. ... Matthew LeCroy had three hits in a game Friday for the first time since April 21 against Kansas City. ... The Twins scored in the first inning Friday for the first time since July 23. ... Joe Mauer drove in three runs in a game Friday for the third time this season.

On deck
•: Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:10 p.m. CT
•: Monday: at Mariners, 9:05 p.m. CT
•: Tuesday: at Mariners, 9:05 p.m. CT

Gerald Tang is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.