MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Johan Santana notched a franchise-record 17 strikeouts as the Minnesota Twins beat Texas 1-0.
Santana's strikeouts were the most in the majors since Ben Sheets fanned 18 in Milwaukee's 4-1 win over Atlanta during the 2004 season.
Santana improved to 13-9. He retired the first 12 batters he faced before Sammy Sosa singled to lead off the fifth. Sosa also doubled with two outs in the seventh for the Rangers' only other hit against the left-hander.
Joe Nathan finished the two-hitter for his 29th save.
Michael Cuddyer hit a second-inning homer off loser Kevin Millwood.