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Gibson pitches Twins to 2-1 victory over Royals

By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Sports Writer
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Even after a lengthy replay, Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire still thinks the call was wrong.

No worry. When he was ejected for arguing the play in the third inning Tuesday night, it gave him a nice vantage point - a flat-screen TV and a comfy chair in the clubhouse - to see Kyle Gibson shut down the Kansas City Royals for seven innings in a tense 2-1 victory.

The play in question was Chris Parmelee's sinking liner to left field that Alex Gordon appeared to trap while sliding. The umpires ruled it a catch, though, likely saving a run. Gardenhire quickly challenged it, only to be incensed when a review of 3 minutes, 31 seconds let it stand.

A nose-to-nose confrontation with plate umpire Ted Barrett resulted in him getting tossed.

''Honestly, I know you're not supposed to go out there. I just wanted to find out how that happened,'' Gardenhire said. ''That's the part a lot of managers are trying to figure out, what did they see? I know they don't want it to go any longer, but it's gone on long enough.

''I was just looking for an explanation. He threw me out really quick. He was really hot.''

Gibson was hot in an entirely different way.

He allowed a single by Alcides Escobar in the third inning and another by Nori Aoki in the sixth over seven dazzling innings. Gibson (9-8) was at his best his last inning, too, setting down the Royals in order in the seventh on four seemingly effortless pitches.

''I had a great view for it,'' Gardenhire said with a smile.

Casey Fien worked the eighth before Glen Perkins ran into trouble in the ninth, giving up a leadoff double to Omar Infante and an RBI single to Eric Hosmer. Perkins bounced back to get three straight pop outs and record his 26th save of the season.

''The loss is frustrating in general. It doesn't matter how it is,'' the Royals' Billy Butler said. ''It's not fun to lose, especially in a 2-1 game like that. We should have put up more runs.''

Josh Willingham hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning and Brian Dozier provided a run-scoring single in the fifth off James Shields (9-6), who battled command all night. He threw 124 pitches - two shy of his career high - while walking four in only six innings.

Gibson, who was shelled by Tampa Bay his last time out, has made a habit of rebounding back from ugly outings. He followed a miserable performance against the Angels with a strong one against Texas, and a lousy start against the Yankees with six shutout innings against Seattle.

''I don't know what it was tonight,'' he said. ''I just had a lot of confidence.''

ROAD WARRIORS: The Twins have won six of their last seven on the road dating to July 8, a good omen considering their upcoming schedule. After two more in Kansas City, the Twins play three at the White Sox. They have two at home against San Diego followed by six more on the road.

PROUD PAPA: The Twins played short-handed while outfielder Oswaldo Arcia spent time with his family following the birth of his baby boy. Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said Arcia declined to take paternity leave and plans to arrive in Kansas City for Wednesday's game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: Catcher Joe Mauer (strained right oblique) swung in the batting cage and plans to hit live batting practice Wednesday. Right-hander Ricky Nolasco (sore elbow) also felt good after a bullpen session. He plans to throw another one Thursday.

Royals: Hosmer was back in the lineup after missing six of the past seven starts with a bruised right hand, while left-hander Jason Vargas (appendectomy) also reported no problems after a four-inning simulated game. ''Today went well,'' Vargas said.

ON DECK

Twins: Right-hander Phil Hughes (10-7) will make his first start since leaving a game July 24 against the White Sox with a bruised right shin.

Royals: Left-hander Danny Duffy (5-10) threw seven shutout innings his last time out against Cleveland, only to get stuck with a no-decision.

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

D. Santana
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Kansas City

J. Shields
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 4
K 5
 

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Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Danny Santana, CF5220021.318.350.462
Sam Fuld, RF3010101.262.353.366
Brian Dozier, 2B3021111.233.328.422
Josh Willingham, LF2011000.222.363.422
Chris Parmelee, 1B4000004.261.299.376
Trevor Plouffe, 3B3000120.241.312.402
Kurt Suzuki, C2000201.307.368.389
Eduardo Nunez, DH4010003.256.279.376
Eduardo Escobar, SS4000023.268.310.390
Kyle Gibson, P0000000.250.250.250
   Casey Fien, P0000000.000.000.000
   Glen Perkins, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3027257    
Batting
2B - Danny Santana (12, Shields), Brian Dozier (19, Shields)
SF - Josh Willingham (5)
RBI - Brian Dozier (48), Josh Willingham (30)
SB - Trevor Plouffe (1, 3rd base off Shields/Perez), Eduardo Nunez (4, 2nd base off Shields/Perez)
CS - Brian Dozier (6, 2nd base by Frasor/Perez)
Team LOB - 8
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Gibson (W,9-8) 7200270 3.94
Casey Fien (H,18) 1100010 2.35
Glen Perkins (S,26) 1211000 2.78
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Gibson 95-66, Casey Fien 24-17, Glen Perkins 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Gibson 8-5
Batters Faced - Kyle Gibson 24, Casey Fien 4, Glen Perkins 5
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Norichika Aoki, RF4010001.265.330.329
Omar Infante, 2B4110011.261.303.365
Eric Hosmer, 1B4011021.270.317.382
   Jarrod Dyson, PR0000000.274.330.331
Salvador Perez, C4000021.278.319.422
Alex Gordon, LF3000101.271.352.414
Billy Butler, DH4000001.271.323.366
Mike Moustakas, 3B2000100.193.261.387
Lorenzo Cain, CF3010012.297.333.413
Alcides Escobar, SS3010021.276.312.374
James Shields, P0000000.400.400.600
   Jason Frasor, P0000000.000.000.000
   Aaron Crow, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kelvin Herrera, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3115128    
Batting
2B - Omar Infante (13, Perkins), Lorenzo Cain (19, Fien)
RBI - Eric Hosmer (46)
SB - Norichika Aoki (9, 2nd base off Gibson/Suzuki)
PK - Alcides Escobar (2, Gibson)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Infante-Hosmer, Escobar-Infante-Hosmer-Infante-Escobar-Hosmer
E - Salvador Perez (4, Throwing), James Shields (3, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
James Shields (L,9-6) 6621450 3.50
Jason Frasor 1100010 3.00
Aaron Crow 1000000 2.98
Kelvin Herrera 1000110 1.80
WP - James Shields (6)
HBP - Willingham (by James Shields)
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 118-72, Jason Frasor 18-10, Aaron Crow 10-8, Kelvin Herrera 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 4-7, Jason Frasor 1-0, Aaron Crow 2-1, Kelvin Herrera 1-1
Batters Faced - James Shields 27, Jason Frasor 3, Aaron Crow 3, Kelvin Herrera 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30686
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Adam Hamari, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez