Carlos Santana was embarrassed.

"I'd never struck out four times in a game before," said Santana.

That was before he ran into knuckleballer Tim Wakefield on Wednesday at Fenway Park. Wakefield struck out Santana three straight times. No. 4 came courtesy of lefty Randy Williams in the eighth inning of the Indians' 3-2 loss.

Santana went to Fenway early on Thursday to try get things right. He hit early and made some adjustments. In a 7-3 victory that night, Santana went 3-for-4 with a tie-breaking two-run homer in the sixth. He drove in three runs.

In Friday's 8-7 loss to Texas in 11 innings, Santana hit a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run double in the second to drive in a career-high five RBI. He has 17 homers and 55 RBI.

"That one bad game made me positive for the next game," said Santana. "I just said today is a new day. That bad game was in the past.

"I came to the park early and worked on my approach," said Santana. "I hit in the cage and hit early. I just want to stay positive and help the team win."