Gibson (8-13) pitched 6.2 innings and was awarded the win Sunday, allowing five runs on 11 hits (one home run) while striking out six in the 9-6 victory over the Royals. Gibson had lost his last two outings despite allowing just three runs in 12.2 combined innings. Oddly enough, he earned his first win since Aug. 17 after allowing five runs on Sunday. He coughed up two runs in the first inning and was later tagged for a two-run shot in the fifth by Adalberto Mondesi. Gibson will carry a 3.78 ERA into Saturday's start in Oakland.
Gibson (7-13) allowed one run on four hits and four walks across 5.2 innings Monday to take the loss against the Yankees. He struck out five. Gibson threw just 53 percent of his pitches for strikes while tying his second-highest walk total of the season. He induced eight groundball outs as he kept the visitors at bay through the first five innings, but a solo home run from Gary Sanchez in the sixth was enough to put him on the hook for his 13th loss. Gibson was coming off a quality start in which he lost to the Astros and has now allowed just three earned runs over his last 12.2 innings. He'll take a respectable 3.67 ERA into this weekend's matchup with the Royals.
Gibson's next start will come Monday in Houston as the Twins begin to employ a six-man rotation, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Gibson was initially in line to start Sunday against the Rangers, but will now face a peaking Astros' lineup that is finally getting back to full health. It's unclear who will be joining Minnesota's rotation, but it's expected to be a minor-leaguer that will be called up when rosters expand to 40 this weekend.
Gibson (7-11) allowed five runs on eight hits and three walks across 5.1 innings Tuesday while taking the loss against Cleveland. He struck out four. Gibson allowed a steady stream of baserunners on the evening and was scored upon in three different innings. He threw just 58 percent of his pitches for strikes and could've suffered an even worse fate if not for 11 groundball outs. Gibson has struggled over his last two outings, allowing nine earned runs across 10 combined innings in a pair of losses. His ERA has risen to 3.79 ahead of his next scheduled start this weekend against the Rangers.
Gibson fell to 7-10 on the season after going just 4.2 innings Wednesday against the White Sox. He allowed seven runs, four of them earned, on seven hits (including three homers) and four walks while striking out five. The Sox got to Gibson throughout his start, with Nicky Delmonico hitting a solo shot in the second and Tim Anderson adding another in the fourth. He was pulled in the bottom of the fifth after retiring just two of the nine Chicago hitters who came to the plate. Adam Engel added a two-run shot as part of a five-run inning in that frame. Those three homers represent a season high for Gibson, who still has a solid 3.63 ERA despite Wednesday's poor outing. He'll look to get back on track Tuesday in Cleveland.