Gibson starts strong, Twins hold on to beat Tigers, 6-5

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kyle Gibson knew his job was potentially on the line when he faced the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night. He picked a great time to deliver his best start of the season.

Gibson took a shutout into the eighth inning, Zack Granite had three of the Twins' 14 hits, and Minnesota held off a late rally for a 6-5 victory.

The Twins have been rumored to be searching for starting pitching as the trade deadline approaches and Gibson (6-8), who entered the game with a 6.29 ERA, was a likely candidate to be replaced in the rotation.

''That's part of the mental grind I've been on this year, whether it's being sent down or when to be called back up,'' said Gibson, who was demoted to Triple-A for two weeks in May. ''I know that each start I've got to go out there and give the team a chance to win.''

He looked like an ace Saturday until tiring after pitching into the eighth for the first time this season, and the Tigers rallied for five runs. Alex Presley's ground-rule double broke up the shutout and knocked out Gibson. Justin Upton followed with a three-run homer off reliever Taylor Rogers to pull the Tigers to 6-4.

''(Upton's homer) kind of ignited the dugout after it being relatively quiet through the first seven innings,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. ''That swing of the bat immediately, I think, shifted the game for a moment in our favor, and we were able to get back into it.''

The Tigers scored again on a throwing error by Miguel Sano before All-Star closer Brandon Kintzler retired Andrew Romine on a grounder to get out of the inning. Kintzler then pitched a scoreless ninth for his 27th save.

''Big-league save,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ''That's a tough one when the momentum's changed like that and you find a way off the field.''

Gibson got out of a first-inning jam by starting a double play on a comebacker by Alex Avila. Then he cruised through the next six innings, allowing just three baserunners. Gibson sailed through the fourth inning on six pitches, then went one better with a five-pitch fifth inning.

The Twins scored five times from the second to the fourth innings to take control, even while stranding seven runners during that stretch. Joe Mauer and Robbie Grossman drove in runs with back-to-back hits in the second off starter Jordan Zimmerman (6-8), while Sano and Eddie Rosario added to the lead with sacrifice flies.

''I left a few balls over the middle and I had a lot of deep counts,'' said Zimmerman, who allowed five runs on nine hits and four walks in just 3 2/3 innings. ''First-pitch strikes were good but then it just seemed like ball, ball, ball, and the next thing you know it's 2-1, 3-1 and I'm battling out there. When I did leave the ball over the middle, it got hit.''

ROSARIO'S ROCKET

Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario made perhaps the play of the game in the top of the ninth inning. Jose Iglesias led off with a sharp single down the left-field line. It looked like a sure double, putting the potential tying run in scoring position with nobody out. But Rosario played the carom perfectly and fired a strike to second in time to nail Iglesias.

''Luckily we've got a guy that hustles his butt off to the line and has a great arm,'' Kintzler said. ''Obviously that's a game-changer right there.''

UPTON GETS IT DONE ON D

Detroit's deficit would've been much larger if Upton hadn't come up with two huge defensive plays in left field. First, he threw out Grossman at the plate trying to score from second on Granite's two-out single in the third. Then with Granite on first and nobody out in the fifth, Upton made a leaping catch at the wall to rob Castro of an extra-base hit.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: 1B Miguel Cabrera sat out Saturday's game with a right clavicle contusion. Cabrera was still sore a day after taking a bad-hop grounder off his collarbone. Ausmus said Cabrera is still considered day-to-day.

Twins: LHP Glen Perkins, recovering from a shoulder injury, threw a scoreless inning for the rookie-league GCL Twins in Florida on Saturday. It was the first time Perkins had pitched in a game at any level in 13 months. Molitor said Perkins topped out at 90 mph and struck out two batters in the eight-pitch outing.

UP NEXT

Tigers: LHP Matthew Boyd (3-5, 5.58 ERA) picked up his first victory in two months when he went six innings in a win at Kansas City on Tuesday. Boyd had been called up from Triple-A Toledo to make the start.

Twins: LHP Adalberto Mejia (4-4, 4.22) gave up one run in 5 1/3 innings against the Yankees on Tuesday. The rookie has pitched at least 5 innings in each of his last five starts.

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  • W: K. Gibson (6-8)L: J. Zimmermann (6-8)S: B. Kintzler (27)
  • HR: DET - J. Upton (16)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B31000200.241.325.394.7193.0
A. Presley RF51310000.329.380.435.8166.0
J. Upton LF31131112.277.365.505.8698.5
A. Avila C30000014.277.402.490.893-0.5
a- J. McCann PH-C11100000.213.294.421.7153.0
N. Castellanos 3B40000011.251.315.459.774-0.5
V. Martinez DH30000110.262.333.386.7200.5
J. Adduci PR-DH00000000.298.377.468.8450.0
M. Mahtook CF40100011.288.308.472.7800.5
A. Romine 1B40000003.219.286.349.6350.0
J. Iglesias SS41200000.259.289.348.6383.0
  • a-doubled for Avila in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B51100013.250.337.437.7731.5
M. Kepler RF41200103.258.329.428.7564.0
M. Sano 3B41110021.275.367.535.9022.0
J. Mauer 1B51110002.280.356.392.7483.0
R. Grossman DH40110100.250.373.379.7524.0
E. Rosario LF30210000.287.326.459.7854.0
E. Escobar SS21100203.275.331.432.7634.0
Z. Granite CF40300002.242.306.273.5785.0
J. Castro C41210003.220.312.362.6744.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Presley (6), J. McCann (7)
    • HR - J. Upton (16)
    • RBI - A. Presley (10), J. Upton 3 (60)
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Grossman (16), E. Rosario (17)
    • SF - M. Sano, E. Rosario (2)
    • RBI - M. Sano (68), J. Mauer (35), R. Grossman (30), E. Rosario (31), J. Castro (29)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - Z. Granite (2)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - J. Upton (7)
    • E - I. Kinsler (3)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - E. Rosario (3)
    • E - M. Sano (7)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Zimmermann (L, 6-8)3.29554105.811.56-13.5
    W. Saupold3.05110102.431.113.5
    D. Stumpf0.10000002.871.400.0
    B. Rondon1.00000107.361.643.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Zimmermann (L, 6-8)3.2
    W. Saupold3.0
    D. Stumpf0.1
    B. Rondon1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Gibson (W, 6-8)7.15333506.081.7122.5
    T. Rogers0.12211012.151.17-4.0
    B. Kintzler (S, 27)1.11000002.111.019.0
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Gibson (W, 6-8)7.1
    T. Rogers0.1
    B. Kintzler (S, 27)1.1
    PITCHING
    • IBB - J. Zimmermann (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 86-53, W. Saupold 50-30, D. Stumpf 1-1, B. Rondon 11-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 5-4, W. Saupold 1-7, D. Stumpf 1-0, B. Rondon 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 23, W. Saupold 14, D. Stumpf, B. Rondon 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 102-68, T. Rogers 24-16, B. Kintzler 17-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 11-5, T. Rogers 1-0, B. Kintzler 4-0
    • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 29, T. Rogers 4, B. Kintzler 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    I. Kinsler 2B31000200.241.325.394.7193.0
    A. Presley RF51310000.329.380.435.8166.0
    J. Upton LF31131112.277.365.505.8698.5
    A. Avila C30000014.277.402.490.893-0.5
    a- J. McCann PH-C11100000.213.294.421.7153.0
    N. Castellanos 3B40000011.251.315.459.774-0.5
    V. Martinez DH30000110.262.333.386.7200.5
    J. Adduci PR-DH00000000.298.377.468.8450.0
    M. Mahtook CF40100011.288.308.472.7800.5
    A. Romine 1B40000003.219.286.349.6350.0
    J. Iglesias SS41200000.259.289.348.6383.0
    Total3458414511-----
    • a-doubled for Avila in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B51100013.250.337.437.7731.5
    M. Kepler RF41200103.258.329.428.7564.0
    M. Sano 3B41110021.275.367.535.9022.0
    J. Mauer 1B51110002.280.356.392.7483.0
    R. Grossman DH40110100.250.373.379.7524.0
    E. Rosario LF30210000.287.326.459.7854.0
    E. Escobar SS21100203.275.331.432.7634.0
    Z. Granite CF40300002.242.306.273.5785.0
    J. Castro C41210003.220.312.362.6744.0
    Total35614504317-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Presley (6), J. McCann (7)
      • HR - J. Upton (16)
      • RBI - A. Presley (10), J. Upton 3 (60)
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Grossman (16), E. Rosario (17)
      • SF - M. Sano, E. Rosario (2)
      • RBI - M. Sano (68), J. Mauer (35), R. Grossman (30), E. Rosario (31), J. Castro (29)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - Z. Granite (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Upton (7)
      • E - I. Kinsler (3)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - E. Rosario (3)
      • E - M. Sano (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Zimmermann (L, 6-8)3.29554105.811.56-13.5
      W. Saupold3.05110102.431.113.5
      D. Stumpf0.10000002.871.400.0
      B. Rondon1.00000107.361.643.5
      Total8.01466430---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Zimmermann (L, 6-8)3.2
      W. Saupold3.0
      D. Stumpf0.1
      B. Rondon1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (W, 6-8)7.15333506.081.7122.5
      T. Rogers0.12211012.151.17-4.0
      B. Kintzler (S, 27)1.11000002.111.019.0
      Total9.0854451---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (W, 6-8)7.1
      T. Rogers0.1
      B. Kintzler (S, 27)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - J. Zimmermann (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 86-53, W. Saupold 50-30, D. Stumpf 1-1, B. Rondon 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 5-4, W. Saupold 1-7, D. Stumpf 1-0, B. Rondon 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 23, W. Saupold 14, D. Stumpf, B. Rondon 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 102-68, T. Rogers 24-16, B. Kintzler 17-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 11-5, T. Rogers 1-0, B. Kintzler 4-0
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 29, T. Rogers 4, B. Kintzler 5
      • 8TH INNING
        Mahtook safe at first on 3rd baseman Sano fielding error, McCann scored, Adduci to second56
        Upton homered to left, Kinsler and Presley scored46
        Presley doubled to shallow left, Iglesias scored, Kinsler to third16
      • 7TH INNING
        Castro singled to right center, Escobar scored, Granite to second06
      • 4TH INNING
        Mauer reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Dozier scored, Kepler out at second on 2nd baseman Kinsler fielding error05
        Sano hit sacrifice fly to center, Castro scored04
      • 3RD INNING
        Rosario hit sacrifice fly to left, Mauer scored03
        Grossman doubled to center, Sano scored, Mauer to third02
        Mauer singled to right center, Kepler scored, Sano to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • B. Kintzler Pitching:
        • J. Iglesias: Iglesias singled to shallow left, Iglesias out at second
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kinsler grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Presley: Presley grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Romine lined out to left
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Iglesias singled to right center
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kinsler walked, Iglesias to second
        • A. Presley: Presley doubled to shallow left, Iglesias scored, Kinsler to third
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Kyle Gibson
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Upton homered to left, Kinsler and Presley scored
        • James McCann hit for Alex Avila
        • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, McCann doubled to deep right
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Castellanos grounded out to second, McCann to third
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez walked
        • Brandon Kintzler relieved Taylor Rogers
        • Jim Adduci ran for Victor Martinez
        • M. Mahtook: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mahtook safe at first on 3rd baseman Sano fielding error, McCann scored, Adduci to second
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Romine grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Bruce Rondon relieved Daniel Stumpf
        • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mauer grounded out to second
        • R. Grossman: Grossman grounded out to first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded out to first
        • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mahtook struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • W. Saupold Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Rosario flied out to left
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar singled to shallow right center
        • Z. Granite: Ball, Ball, Granite singled to left, Escobar to second
        • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Castro singled to right center, Escobar scored, Granite to second
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Dozier lined out to center
        • Daniel Stumpf relieved Warwick Saupold
        • M. Kepler: Kepler grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike looking, Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Kinsler flied out to right
        • A. Presley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Presley singled to center
        • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Upton walked, Presley to second
        • A. Avila: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Avila struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • W. Saupold Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mauer grounded out to second
        • R. Grossman: Grossman lined out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • V. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to second
        • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Mahtook grounded out to second
        • A. Romine: Romine lined out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • W. Saupold Pitching:
        • Z. Granite: Strike looking, Granite singled to right
        • J. Castro: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Castro flied out to deep left
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Granite stole second, Dozier flied out to right, Granite to third
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kepler flied out to deep left
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Upton grounded out to third
        • A. Avila: Strike looking, Avila grounded out to first
        • N. Castellanos: Castellanos grounded out to catcher
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • J. Castro: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Castro singled to left center
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Dozier singled to left, Castro to second
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked, Castro to third, Dozier to second
        • M. Sano: Sano hit sacrifice fly to center, Castro scored
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mauer reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Dozier scored, Kepler out at second on 2nd baseman Kinsler fielding error
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Grossman walked, Mauer to second
        • Warwick Saupold relieved Jordan Zimmermann
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario singled to right, Mauer to third, Grossman to second
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Escobar flied out to left
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Iglesias fouled out to right
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Kinsler grounded out to second
        • A. Presley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Presley grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Dozier flied out to center
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler singled to left center
        • M. Sano: Pickoff attempt, Sano singled to center, Kepler to second
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mauer singled to right center, Kepler scored, Sano to second
        • R. Grossman: Grossman doubled to center, Sano scored, Mauer to third
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Rosario hit sacrifice fly to left, Mauer scored
        • E. Escobar: Escobar intentionally walked
        • Z. Granite: Ball, Ball, Granite singled to left, Grossman out at home, Escobar to second
        • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Castellanos flied out to left
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Martinez struck out on foul tip
        • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Mahtook singled to left center
        • A. Romine: Romine grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Grossman grounded out to second
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Rosario doubled to deep right center
        • E. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Escobar walked
        • Z. Granite: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Granite flied out to left
        • J. Castro: Castro grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kinsler walked
        • A. Presley: Strike looking, Presley singled to center, Kinsler to second
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
        • A. Avila: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Avila grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Presley out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler singled to right center
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sano grounded out to third, Kepler to second
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)