Carlos Santana got some advice from manager Manny Acta and hitting coach Jon Nunnally on Tuesday, and it paid off immediately.

''Yesterday we sat him down and told him he needs to cut out the toe tap he does at the plate,'' Acta said. ''It's a way to cut down on his body movement.''

Why limit Santana's body movement?

''The other way isn't working,'' Acta said, referring to Santana's lengthy slump. ''We felt like a lot of his problems were because of the extra body movement.''

Tuesday wasn't the first time that Acta and Nunnally spoke to Santana about making a change.

''We mentioned it before yesterday,'' Acta said. ''We talked about it in spring training and told him that at some point he might have to minimize that kind of movement. He did it in batting practice yesterday and took it into the game. Then he had a good game.''

Santana doubled twice and singled.