About Last Night: Santana only cares about the win

In yesterday’s 6-5 win over the Rockies, Johan Santana went six innings and allowed only two hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

Santana faced 24 batters and threw 90 pitches, 53 of which were strikes.

“We won, and that’s all I care about,” Santana told reporters after the game. “At some point we’ll do the little things. It takes a whole team effort to win a game. Even though I did my job, everybody still has to come through and I’m happy we were able to come back and win the ballgame. … The next time we’ll see if I can go deeper in the game and win the game.”

Santana was in line for his first win since September 2, 2010, before the bullpen blew a four-run lead in the eighth inning.

“We’ve been talking and talking and talking all year about we’ve got to watch this guy,” Collins said. “This is the first time he’s coming back on four days rest and I’m not going to abuse him.”

Santana is 0-2 with a 2.25 ERA in 24 innings over five starts so far this season.

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Michael Baron: Santana has gotten into quite a rhythm with his fastball and change-up over his last two starts. Yesterday, in particular, it was important for him to utilize both sides of the plate and limit hard contact in the air. He was outstanding at changing location and speed, especially against the middle of the Rockies order. He staggered a little bit in the fourth inning, but that’s when the Rockies hitters started to take his change-up, which forced Santana to rely on his fastball a little more. But he was able to gather himself and really command that fastball on the outside part of the plate, and he cruised most of the afternoon.

I thought Santana would pitch the seventh inning, but, considering his pitch count after six, I’m not surprised Terry pulled him. I would hate to see Santana have any setbacks or go down for an extended period of time because the staff felt he could throw 10 or 15 extra pitches. It makes sense to stay the course and remain conservative with Santana and preserve what he can contribute overall this season … not just for one extra inning.