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.
GO TWINS GO.
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