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Twins 10, Braves 3: Late runs back Gibson’s complete game

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The game was close until the 7th inning when the Twins pulled further ahead and they broke it open in the 9th.

Minnesota Twins v Atlanta Braves Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

At first, it wasn’t pretty. Though Kyle Gibson was keeping his pitch count low, he also had allowed nine baserunners through the first five innings including a two-run homer to Freddie Freeman. However, he settled down and kept the Braves off the scoreboard the rest of the way with the exception of a Nick Markakis solo home run in the 9th.

Mike Foltynewicz pitched a much better game this time around against the Twins, though he did reach 100 pitches after just five innings. He left the game tied at 2 but the Braves bullpen betrayed him in the 7th. Eric O’Flaherty was starting his second inning of relief but gave up two baserunners quickly, and Ian Krol didn’t help matters by allowing an RBI single, RBI fielder’s choice, and bloop RBI single. Four more runs crossed in the 9th inning, giving Gibson plenty of cushion as he finished a 115-pitch complete game.

WP: Kyle Gibson (5-7)

LP: Eric O’Flaherty (1-4)

Studs

Kyle Gibson (9 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 K), basically the whole offense

Duds

Kennys Vargas (0-for-4, BB, 2 K, only position player to fail to get a hit)