Gibson strikes out nine as Twins beat Orioles 5-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Bobby Wilson helped Kyle Gibson turn around his pitching after a rough first inning. Then, for at least one afternoon, the veteran catcher fixed his own struggles at the plate.

Wilson went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Gibson recovered from a shaky first to throw seven innings, and the Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Saturday.

Max Kepler homered in his second straight game to help send the Twins to their third win in a row.

''You take them any way you can get them,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ''We haven't had the luxury of any kind of run here as of late, so to start out the home stand with three, it feels pretty good.''

The Twins didn't bring in Wilson for his offense - his two-hit day raised his batting average to .134 - so they're not expecting him to deliver game-turning hits on a regular basis. But that's exactly what he did with an RBI single in the fifth that made it 3-2, and a two-RBI double the next inning that proved the game-winner.

It was Wilson's first multi-hit game since Sept. 21, 2016.

''I feel like I've been doing everything I can defensively but it's time to start turning that corner and start contributing offensively as well,'' Wilson said.

Earlier in the day, the team needed Wilson's smarts behind the plate to recover from an early hole.

Gibson (3-6) allowed three runs in the first inning - including a two-run homer by Chris Davis - but only gave up two hits after that while striking out nine. It was Gibson's highest strikeout total since fanning 10 batters on April 26 against the New York Yankees.

''After the first inning we sat down and I said `Gibby talk to me, what do we got to do? What's going to turn this around?' So we talked about a few things and we kind of stuck with that game plan for the rest of the game,'' Wilson said.

Kepler's solo shot off Kevin Gausman sparked a three-run fifth that tied it. Wilson's two-run double off Miguel Castro (2-5) in the sixth gave Minnesota the lead for good.

Trevor Hildenberger worked a scoreless eighth for the Twins. Jace Peterson's RBI double off Fernando Rodney pulled the Orioles to 5-4, but Rodney got Tim Beckham on a grounder to short to convert his 19th save in 24 chances.

PUNCHLESS ORIOLES

The team with baseball's worst record, meanwhile, lost its fifth in the row and fell 40 games below .500.

''It's kind of hard to believe that's where we're at right now,'' Davis said. ''I feel like anytime we start to build some momentum, we either give it right back to the other team or we do something to kind of take ourselves out of the game.''

That certainly seemed the case Saturday.

Coming off his best start of the season against the L.A. Angels, Gausman had a 3-0 lead before ever taking the mound and looked sharp early. Gausman faced the minimum number of batters through the first three innings, and allowed a single hit through the first four.

But things turned quickly in the fifth. With one out, Kepler homered to left-center, Robbie Grossman doubled, and Jake Cave and Wilson followed with singles. After Joe Mauer walked, Cave scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.

''I don't think I really got away from anything. They just did a good job of battling and put some long at-bats together, and fought some pitches off and really got my pitch count off.''

Gausman, who held the Angels to one run and two hits without a walk in eight innings last Sunday, didn't return for the sixth.

TURNING POINT

The Orioles loaded the bases in the third with two outs, but Gibson struck out Danny Valencia swinging to end the threat. After that, Gibson allowed a leadoff double to Jonathan Schoop before retiring 10 in a row.

''We scored three in the first and then just didn't do anything,'' manager Buck Showalter said. We had a chance to open it up there, but that's the hit that's been eluding us to really get to that five or six-run lead.''

TRAINERS ROOM

Orioles: OF Trey Mancini got a rare day off, but manager Buck Showalter said he was fine. The manager said it was more about getting Peterson a chance to play. Peterson went 1-for-3 on Saturday.

RIPKEN'S RECORD

Davis' strikeout against Hildenberger in the eighth was the 1,306th of his career, moving him past Cal Ripken, Jr. for Baltimore's franchise record.

''You play long enough, you're going to swing and miss enough to apparently set some records. There's not really much to say about that,'' Davis said.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Alex Cobb (2-10) takes the mound for Baltimore in the finale. He hasn't won since June 5 against the New York Mets.

Twins: Jake Odorizzi (3-6) makes his 19th start of the year as the Twins go for the sweep. His last outing against Baltimore was March 29, when he shut out the Orioles over six innings on two hits and two walks.

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  • W: K. Gibson (3-6)L: M. Castro (2-5)S: F. Rodney (19)
  • HR: BAL - C. Davis (8), MIN - M. Kepler (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Beckham 3B51100023.217.266.287.5532.0
A. Jones CF40100001.282.309.432.7414.0
M. Machado SS40110001.310.380.557.9362.0
M. Trumbo DH21000211.259.320.473.7922.5
C. Davis 1B31121111.155.229.269.4987.5
D. Valencia RF40000033.262.322.435.757-1.5
J. Schoop 2B41200010.212.253.379.6323.5
C. Sisco C40000022.197.313.296.609-1.0
J. Peterson LF30110111.197.313.331.6443.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer 1B30100100.259.355.349.7042.0
    E. Rosario DH-LF40000023.306.346.544.890-1.0
    B. Dozier 2B40100023.219.303.389.6921.0
    E. Escobar 3B40100012.270.327.517.8441.5
    J. Polanco SS30000110.286.375.381.7560.5
    M. Kepler RF32111100.224.308.405.7138.0
    R. Grossman LF42100013.236.317.352.6693.5
    J. Cave CF31100014.268.305.500.8051.5
    B. Wilson C30230001.134.207.232.4386.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Beckham (6), A. Jones (22), J. Schoop (13), J. Peterson (9)
      • HR - C. Davis (8)
      • RBI - M. Machado (60), C. Davis 2 (27), J. Peterson (18)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Davis 2 (15), J. Peterson (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Dozier (17), E. Escobar (35), R. Grossman (11), B. Wilson (5)
      • HR - M. Kepler (10)
      • RBI - M. Kepler (33), B. Wilson 3 (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Wilson 2 (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Jones
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Peterson (2)
      • DP - (Schoop-Machado-Davis)
      • E - C. Davis (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Escobar-Dozier-Mauer)
      • PB - B. Wilson (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gausman5.05331514.111.318.5
      M. Castro (L, 2-5)1.02222003.201.42-8.0
      T. Scott1.01000205.791.503.0
      Z. Britton1.00000105.061.413.5
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gausman5.0
      M. Castro (L, 2-5)1.0
      T. Scott1.0
      Z. Britton1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (W, 3-6)7.04334913.591.2724.5
      T. Hildenberger (H, 13)1.01000102.931.092.5
      F. Rodney (S, 19)1.02110103.161.287.5
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (W, 3-6)7.0
      T. Hildenberger (H, 13)1.0
      F. Rodney (S, 19)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - K. Gausman (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gausman 90-54, M. Castro 25-11, T. Scott 17-10, Z. Britton 11-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gausman 8-2, M. Castro 2-0, T. Scott 1-0, Z. Britton 1-1
      • Batters Faced - K. Gausman 21, M. Castro 6, T. Scott 4, Z. Britton 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 109-65, T. Hildenberger 23-15, F. Rodney 19-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 7-4, F. Rodney 2-0
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 28, T. Hildenberger 4, F. Rodney 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Beckham 3B51100023.217.266.287.5532.0
      A. Jones CF40100001.282.309.432.7414.0
      M. Machado SS40110001.310.380.557.9362.0
      M. Trumbo DH21000211.259.320.473.7922.5
      C. Davis 1B31121111.155.229.269.4987.5
      D. Valencia RF40000033.262.322.435.757-1.5
      J. Schoop 2B41200010.212.253.379.6323.5
      C. Sisco C40000022.197.313.296.609-1.0
      J. Peterson LF30110111.197.313.331.6443.5
      Total33474141113-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Mauer 1B30100100.259.355.349.7042.0
        E. Rosario DH-LF40000023.306.346.544.890-1.0
        B. Dozier 2B40100023.219.303.389.6921.0
        E. Escobar 3B40100012.270.327.517.8441.5
        J. Polanco SS30000110.286.375.381.7560.5
        M. Kepler RF32111100.224.308.405.7138.0
        R. Grossman LF42100013.236.317.352.6693.5
        J. Cave CF31100014.268.305.500.8051.5
        B. Wilson C30230001.134.207.232.4386.0
        Total3158413816-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Beckham (6), A. Jones (22), J. Schoop (13), J. Peterson (9)
          • HR - C. Davis (8)
          • RBI - M. Machado (60), C. Davis 2 (27), J. Peterson (18)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Davis 2 (15), J. Peterson (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Dozier (17), E. Escobar (35), R. Grossman (11), B. Wilson (5)
          • HR - M. Kepler (10)
          • RBI - M. Kepler (33), B. Wilson 3 (11)
          • 2-Out RBI - B. Wilson 2 (5)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Jones
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - J. Peterson (2)
          • DP - (Schoop-Machado-Davis)
          • E - C. Davis (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Escobar-Dozier-Mauer)
          • PB - B. Wilson (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          K. Gausman5.05331514.111.318.5
          M. Castro (L, 2-5)1.02222003.201.42-8.0
          T. Scott1.01000205.791.503.0
          Z. Britton1.00000105.061.413.5
          Total8.0855381---
          PITCHERSIP
          K. Gausman5.0
          M. Castro (L, 2-5)1.0
          T. Scott1.0
          Z. Britton1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          K. Gibson (W, 3-6)7.04334913.591.2724.5
          T. Hildenberger (H, 13)1.01000102.931.092.5
          F. Rodney (S, 19)1.02110103.161.287.5
          Total9.07444111---
          PITCHERSIP
          K. Gibson (W, 3-6)7.0
          T. Hildenberger (H, 13)1.0
          F. Rodney (S, 19)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - K. Gausman (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gausman 90-54, M. Castro 25-11, T. Scott 17-10, Z. Britton 11-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gausman 8-2, M. Castro 2-0, T. Scott 1-0, Z. Britton 1-1
          • Batters Faced - K. Gausman 21, M. Castro 6, T. Scott 4, Z. Britton 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 109-65, T. Hildenberger 23-15, F. Rodney 19-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 7-4, F. Rodney 2-0
          • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 28, T. Hildenberger 4, F. Rodney 5
          • 9TH INNING
            Peterson doubled to deep right center, Schoop scored45
          • 6TH INNING
            Wilson doubled to deep left, Kepler and Grossman scored, Cave out at home35
          • 5TH INNING
            Cave scored, Wilson to third, Mauer to second on wild pitch33
            Wilson singled to right center, Grossman scored, Cave to third32
            Kepler homered to center31
          • 1ST INNING
            Davis homered to center, Trumbo scored30
            Machado grounded out to shortstop, Beckham scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Fernando Rodney pitching
            • D. Valencia: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Valencia grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Schoop singled to right center
            • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sisco struck out swinging
            • J. Peterson: Foul, Ball, Schoop to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Peterson doubled to deep right center, Schoop scored
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Beckham grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Kyle Gibson
            • A. Jones: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Jones doubled to left
            • M. Machado: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Machado flied out to right
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Trumbo flied out to right
            • C. Davis: Ball, Jones stole third, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Zach Britton relieved Tanner Scott
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Polanco lined out to center
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler grounded out to first
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Ball, Sisco grounded out to first
            • J. Peterson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Peterson walked
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Beckham grounded into double play third to second to first, Peterson out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tanner Scott relieved Miguel Castro
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Mauer grounded out to second
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier doubled to deep left
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Ball, Davis flied out to center
            • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Miguel Castro relieved Kevin Gausman
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Escobar doubled to left center
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Polanco walked
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked, Escobar to third, Polanco to second
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Grossman reached on fielder's choice to first, Escobar out at home, Polanco to third, Kepler to second
            • J. Cave: Cave reached on fielder's choice to first, Polanco out at home, Kepler to third, Grossman to second
            • B. Wilson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wilson doubled to deep left, Kepler and Grossman scored, Cave out at home
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • A. Jones: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jones grounded out to third
            • M. Machado: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Machado flied out to left
            • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gausman Pitching:
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Polanco grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Kepler homered to center
            • R. Grossman: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Grossman doubled to left center
            • J. Cave: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cave singled to left center, Grossman to third
            • B. Wilson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Ball, Wilson singled to right center, Grossman scored, Cave to third
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked, Wilson to second
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Cave scored, Wilson to third, Mauer to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike looking, Schoop doubled to shallow left
            • C. Sisco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Sisco popped out to shortstop
            • J. Peterson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Peterson struck out swinging
            • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gausman Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer singled to left
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Rosario flied out to left
            • B. Dozier: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Escobar grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Beckham struck out looking
            • A. Jones: Strike (foul tip), Strike (foul tip), Ball, Jones flied out to deep center
            • M. Machado: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Machado singled to center
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trumbo walked, Machado to second
            • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Machado to third, Trumbo to second on passed ball, Ball, Davis walked
            • D. Valencia: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gausman Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Grossman safe at first on 1st baseman Davis fielding error
            • J. Cave: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
            • B. Wilson: Foul, Wilson grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Grossman out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • J. Schoop: Schoop grounded out to second
            • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Sisco struck out swinging
            • J. Peterson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Peterson grounded bunt out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gausman Pitching:
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Escobar grounded out to second
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kepler grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • T. Beckham: Beckham doubled to deep right
            • A. Jones: Foul, Ball, Jones grounded out to first, Beckham to third
            • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Machado grounded out to shortstop, Beckham scored
            • M. Trumbo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Trumbo walked
            • C. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Davis homered to center, Trumbo scored
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gausman Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mauer grounded out to second
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rosario grounded out to second
            • B. Dozier: Dozier flied out to deep right
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)