Twins out-pitched in makeup with Mets, demote Gibson after poor start
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Dillon Gee pitched into the eighth inning for the New York Mets in a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday afternoon in a makeup game from April 14.
Gee (9-8) turned in yet another quality start, and the offense for the Mets was about as balanced as could be with RBI singles by Eric Young, Daniel Murphy, Andrew Brown, Wilmer Flores and Omar Quintanilla. All five of them had two hits, as did Marlon Byrd, who hit his 20th home run.
Rookie Kyle Gibson (2-4) struggled again, failing to finish the fourth. He recorded 11 outs and surrendered 10 hits.
The Mets won the first two games of the series here by a total score of 20-7, but the finale at Target Field was postponed due to cold and rain.
Despite the four-plus months that elapse, this was just as lopsided as before, thanks to Gee. The 27-year-old right-hander was scheduled to start this game originally, that wintry afternoon.
The heat and humidity have proven to be better working conditions, though. Since May 30, Gee has a 2.27 ERA, the third-best in the league behind Jose Fernandez and Clayton Kershaw.
All nine of Gee's victories have come since April 20, and no other Mets pitcher including All-Star Matt Harvey has more than five in that stretch. The Mets are 13-12 in Harvey's starts. They're 14-11 with Gee on the mound.
This was a feel-good way to wrap up an 11-game road trip for the Mets, who finished 5-6 but lost three of those on the last at-bat.
Gee walked just one and struck out nine, matching the second-highest total of his career. Left-hander Scott Rice relieved him with two outs in the eighth inning to retire Justin Morneau with Joe Mauer, who had two of the six hits against Gee, on second.
The only run Gee allowed was unearned when Murphy let a ground ball hit by Clete Thomas slide underneath his glove at second base in the seventh for an error.
The Twins went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position and 15 for 81 on this eight-game homestand, lowering their league-worst batting average in those situations below .230. They finished 2-6, naturally.
Gee has given up one or fewer runs in 12, almost half, of his starts. He's completed six innings or more in each of his last 10 turns.
The Twins would love numbers like that for Gibson, whose first 10 major league starts have produced little evidence he's ready to help stabilize this dilapidated rotation. Only once since his debut on June 29 has the right-hander gone six innings and given up three runs or fewer.
Prized Mets prospect Travis d'Arnaud, the catcher acquired from Toronto in the offseason trade of Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, went 0 for 3 with a walk and is still hitless since being called up last week when John Buck went on paternity leave.
NOTES: Mets manager Terry Collins said he'd rather give Harvey an extra day of rest this week, so he'll have to find a new starter to face Detroit on Friday after Jenrry Mejia's injury opened a spot.