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Gibson, Twins Blank Tigers, 2-0

Win puts Twins one game below .500 and just three back of slumping Detroit.

Leon Halip

Kyle Gibson pitched seven strong innings, and Ed Escobar, my friend Brad's guy, provided all the offense as Minnesota shut out division-leading Detroit 2-0.  It's the third win in a row for the Twins, who are now just one game under .500 and a mere three games behind the stumbling Tigers.

Gibson threw a career-high 110 pitches, walking two and striking out three while scattering five hits.  The high point of his evening: inducing a Miggy Cabrera double play with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth.  The win pushes Gibson's record to 6-5.

Meanwhile, the Twins were unable to do too much damage to Tigers starter Drew Smyly, but the one blow, an Escobar solo dong in the third, sufficed.  He threw in a bases-loaded walk off former Twins closer Joe Nathan in the top of the ninth for insurance.

Casey Fien pitched a 1-2-3 8th, and Glen Perkins pitched around a 2-out double in the ninth to chalk up his 17th save.



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