Gibson throws 6 no-hit innings as Twins beat Orioles 6-2

BALTIMORE (AP) For six innings, Kyle Gibson was unhittable.

If it wasn't so early in the season, and if Gibson hadn't wasted so many pitches on walks, the Minnesota Twins right-hander might have been given the opportunity to finish what he started.

Gibson was forced to abandon his no-hit bid after the sixth, and the Baltimore Orioles didn't get their first hit until the eighth inning in Minnesota's 6-2 victory Saturday night.

The combined three-hitter enabled Minnesota to bounce back from an 11-inning, season-opening loss to Baltimore on Thursday.

Gibson (1-0) struck out six and walked five. Although the 30-year-old did not allow a runner past first base, manager Paul Molitor figured Gibson had labored enough after throwing 102 pitches just two games into the season on a cool night.

''We were trying to see how far we could take him,'' Molitor said. ''We didn't want to go past 100 (pitches), 105 tops.''

The final batter Gibson faced was Trey Mancini, who hit a sinking liner to left field that a diving Eddie Rosario got his glove under. The ball popped into the air, and Rosario snagged it with his bare hand.

Ryan Pressly worked a perfect seventh and got two outs in the eighth before Jonathan Schoop grounded a single up the middle.

That ended Minnesota's shot at the sixth no-hitter in franchise history, the first since Francisco Liriano beat the White Sox in 2011.

The way Gibson threw, he just might get another chance this season to go the distance in a no-hit bid.

''I saw all of his pitches and I think everybody else did too,'' Mancini said. ''He mixed them really well and kind of kept us off balance and he located, which is the most important thing a pitcher can do.''

Surprisingly, Gibson was disappointed with his performance.

''I don't normally like walking five in a game,'' he said. ''It isn't ideal, but I guess it was OK tonight. Not the kind of outing I'd like to have, but it worked out.''

Gabriel Moya gave up a double to Danny Valencia and a homer to Tim Beckham in the ninth.

Offensively, Minnesota hit three solo home runs off Andrew Cashner (0-1) in his Orioles debut.

Miguel Sano connected in the first inning, Jason Castro went deep leading off the third and Max Kepler made it 4-0 in the fourth with a drive to right field.

Signed as a free agent after spending the 2017 season with Texas, Cashner surrendered five runs, four earned, and six hits in five innings.

The right-hander allowed only 15 home runs in 166 2/3 innings last year and was second in the AL in fewest homers permitted over nine innings (0.89).

Pitching at Camden Yards, however, leaves little room for error.

''It's frustrating,'' Cashner said. ''It's a small park, but I feel those balls, if they go a couple inches in or a couple inches away, it's an out.''

WINNING STREAK

Gibson has won six straight decisions over nine starts since Aug. 17.

After starting the 2017 season 0-4, Gibson was sent to the minors. Since his recall on May 22, he has excelled.

''He made a change in his approach a little bit,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ''Some things that he did when he went down last year, and came back, it really helped him in the second half and carried over in the spring.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: RHP Phil Hughes (left oblique strain) pitched four innings Saturday in a Triple-A spring training game. If he responds well, Hughes will likely pitch for Class A Fort Myers on April 5, manager Paul Molitor said.

Orioles: LHP Zach Britton ran Friday for the first time since undergoing surgery on his right Achilles tendon in December. ''I feel good, feel normal,'' he said Saturday. ... DH Mark Trumbo (quad strain) will take batting practice in Florida on Monday and could appear in a spring training game on April 6. ... RHP Alex Cobb threw four innings Friday in extended spring training. His debut with the Orioles will be around mid-April.

UP NEXT

Twins: Jose Berrios, who went 14-8 for Minnesota last year, starts in Sunday's series finale.

Orioles: Notorious slow-starter Kevin Gausman starts for Baltimore. The right-hander is 2-3 with a 5.88 ERA in 15 career appearances before May.

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  • W: K. Gibson (1-0)L: A. Cashner (0-1)
  • HR: MIN - J. Castro (1), M. Sano (1), M. Kepler (1), BAL - T. Beckham (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Mauer 1B40210110.333.400.444.8444.5
M. Sano 3B41121013.111.111.444.5566.5
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L. Morrison DH30000122.000.250.000.2500.0
E. Adrianza SS40100000.250.250.250.5001.0
M. Kepler RF31211100.429.5561.0001.5569.0
B. Buxton CF40000024.143.143.143.286-1.0
J. Castro C41111003.125.125.500.6256.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    M. Machado SS10000300.400.667.6001.2673.0
    J. Schoop 2B40100022.111.111.111.2220.0
    A. Jones CF30000123.125.222.500.7220.0
    T. Mancini LF20000211.167.375.167.5421.5
    C. Rasmus RF30000022.000.250.000.250-1.0
    a- D. Valencia PH11100000.500.6671.0001.6673.0
    T. Beckham 3B41121022.125.125.500.6256.0
    A. Santander DH30000101.000.250.000.2501.0
    C. Joseph C20000000.200.200.600.8000.0
    b- C. Sisco PH-C20000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
    • a-doubled for Rasmus in the 9th
    • b-struck out for Joseph in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Dozier, J. Mauer, M. Kepler
    • HR - M. Sano, M. Kepler, J. Castro
    • RBI - J. Mauer, M. Sano 2 (2), M. Kepler, J. Castro
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Sano
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Valencia
    • HR - T. Beckham
    • RBI - T. Beckham 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - C. Joseph
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Gibson (W, 1-0)6.00005600.000.8326.0
    R. Pressly2.01001300.001.005.5
    G. Moya1.022212118.003.00-1.0
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Gibson (W, 1-0)6.0
    R. Pressly2.0
    G. Moya1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Cashner (L, 0-1)5.06542537.201.600.5
    N. Cortes2.03112204.502.501.0
    P. Araujo1.00000100.000.003.5
    M. Castro1.00000100.000.003.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Cashner (L, 0-1)5.0
    N. Cortes2.0
    P. Araujo1.0
    M. Castro1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 102-56, R. Pressly 30-20, G. Moya 22-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 5-7, R. Pressly 1-2
    • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 23, R. Pressly 8, G. Moya 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 79-53, N. Cortes 39-24, P. Araujo 11-6, M. Castro 13-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 5-4, N. Cortes 1-2, P. Araujo 2-0, M. Castro 2-0
    • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 22, N. Cortes 10, P. Araujo 3, M. Castro 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    B. Dozier 2B43200110.333.400.444.8446.5
    J. Mauer 1B40210110.333.400.444.8444.5
    M. Sano 3B41121013.111.111.444.5566.5
    E. Rosario LF40000022.125.222.125.347-1.0
    L. Morrison DH30000122.000.250.000.2500.0
    E. Adrianza SS40100000.250.250.250.5001.0
    M. Kepler RF31211100.429.5561.0001.5569.0
    B. Buxton CF40000024.143.143.143.286-1.0
    J. Castro C41111003.125.125.500.6256.0
    Total3469534914-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Davis 1B50000001.000.100.000.1000.0
      M. Machado SS10000300.400.667.6001.2673.0
      J. Schoop 2B40100022.111.111.111.2220.0
      A. Jones CF30000123.125.222.500.7220.0
      T. Mancini LF20000211.167.375.167.5421.5
      C. Rasmus RF30000022.000.250.000.250-1.0
      a- D. Valencia PH11100000.500.6671.0001.6673.0
      T. Beckham 3B41121022.125.125.500.6256.0
      A. Santander DH30000101.000.250.000.2501.0
      C. Joseph C20000000.200.200.600.8000.0
      b- C. Sisco PH-C20000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
      Total30232171113-----
      • a-doubled for Rasmus in the 9th
      • b-struck out for Joseph in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Dozier, J. Mauer, M. Kepler
      • HR - M. Sano, M. Kepler, J. Castro
      • RBI - J. Mauer, M. Sano 2 (2), M. Kepler, J. Castro
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Sano
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Valencia
      • HR - T. Beckham
      • RBI - T. Beckham 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Joseph
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (W, 1-0)6.00005600.000.8326.0
      R. Pressly2.01001300.001.005.5
      G. Moya1.022212118.003.00-1.0
      Total9.03227111---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (W, 1-0)6.0
      R. Pressly2.0
      G. Moya1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cashner (L, 0-1)5.06542537.201.600.5
      N. Cortes2.03112204.502.501.0
      P. Araujo1.00000100.000.003.5
      M. Castro1.00000100.000.003.5
      Total9.0965493---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cashner (L, 0-1)5.0
      N. Cortes2.0
      P. Araujo1.0
      M. Castro1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 102-56, R. Pressly 30-20, G. Moya 22-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 5-7, R. Pressly 1-2
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 23, R. Pressly 8, G. Moya 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 79-53, N. Cortes 39-24, P. Araujo 11-6, M. Castro 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 5-4, N. Cortes 1-2, P. Araujo 2-0, M. Castro 2-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 22, N. Cortes 10, P. Araujo 3, M. Castro 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Beckham homered to left center, Valencia scored62
      • 7TH INNING
        Mauer singled to shallow right, Dozier scored60
      • 5TH INNING
        Sano grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Dozier scored, Mauer out at second50
      • 4TH INNING
        Kepler homered to right center40
      • 3RD INNING
        Sano grounded out to second, Dozier scored, Mauer to third30
        Castro homered to center20
      • 1ST INNING
        Sano homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Miguel Castro relieved Pedro Araujo
        • J. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castro grounded out to pitcher
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier grounded out to third
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Gabriel Moya relieved Ryan Pressly
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • Danny Valencia hit for Colby Rasmus
        • D. Valencia: Valencia doubled to deep left
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Beckham homered to left center, Valencia scored
        • A. Santander: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Santander walked
        • C. Sisco: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sisco struck out swinging
        • C. Davis: Davis flied out to center
        • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Pedro Araujo relieved Nestor Cortes
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Adrianza grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler grounded out to third
        • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Chance Sisco hit for Caleb Joseph
        • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sisco struck out swinging
        • C. Davis: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Davis popped out to third
        • M. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Machado walked
        • J. Schoop: Schoop singled to left center, Machado to second
        • A. Jones: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • N. Cortes Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Dozier doubled to left
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mauer singled to shallow right, Dozier scored
        • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Sano struck out on foul tip
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario flied out to right
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Morrison popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Pressly relieved Kyle Gibson
        • C. Rasmus: Rasmus lined out to center
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • A. Santander: Ball, Strike swinging, Santander grounded out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Nestor Cortes relieved Andrew Cashner
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Morrison walked
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Adrianza singled to shallow left, Morrison to second
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kepler walked, Morrison to third, Adrianza to second
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Buxton struck out looking
        • J. Castro: Strike looking, Castro grounded into double play pitcher to catcher to first, Morrison out at home
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • M. Machado: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Machado grounded out to third
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Jones walked
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mancini lined out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mauer walked, Dozier to third on catcher Joseph fielding error
        • M. Sano: Sano grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Dozier scored, Mauer out at second
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Rosario fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • A. Santander: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santander flied out to right
        • C. Joseph: Joseph flied out to right
        • C. Davis: Davis flied out to deep center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • E. Adrianza: Adrianza flied out to deep center
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Kepler homered to right center
        • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Buxton grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castro lined out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • A. Jones: Strike swinging, Jones grounded out to second
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mancini walked
        • C. Rasmus: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rasmus struck out swinging
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Beckham grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • J. Castro: Ball, Castro homered to center
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Dozier singled to shallow center
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer doubled to left center, Dozier to third
        • M. Sano: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sano grounded out to second, Dozier scored, Mauer to third
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • L. Morrison: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • C. Joseph: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Joseph grounded out to third
        • C. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Davis popped out to third
        • M. Machado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Machado walked
        • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Schoop struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Morrison struck out looking
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Adrianza grounded out to first
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler doubled to left
        • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Buxton grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mancini walked
        • C. Rasmus: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Rasmus struck out looking
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • A. Santander: Ball, Ball, Santander popped out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Mauer flied out to deep left
        • M. Sano: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sano homered to left
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Rosario struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Ball, Davis grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Machado walked
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Foul, Schoop popped out to shortstop
        • A. Jones: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)