Solid start by Gibson helps Twins beat Orioles 4-3 for sweep

BALTIMORE (AP) There will be plenty of games this season in which the Minnesota Twins use the long ball to win. When that doesn't happen, they're happy to go with Plan B.

Such was the case Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles, when Minnesota produced just enough runs without the benefit of a home run and got some clutch pitching from the bullpen in a 4-3 victory that cemented a three-game sweep.

After hitting 11 homers in a doubleheader Saturday, the Twins found a different way to score. Nelson Cruz worked his way around the bases after being hit by a pitch, Willians Astudillo drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and a botched popup led to a pair of unearned runs.

''You never know how you come back after a big offensive night,'' manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''Obviously it wasn't like the night we had (Saturday) but it was still good. Guys grinded through it and we scored just enough.''

Kyle Gibson (1-0) gave up two runs and five hits over six innings, walking none and striking out six. The right-hander retired the last eight batters he faced.

''I get pretty frustrated when I walk guys or give up homers,'' Gibson said. ''If I execute my pitches, I'll keep the ball in the park.''

Trevor Hildenberger worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth before Taylor Rogers did the same in the ninth.

With closer Blake Parker ailing, Rogers gave up an RBI double to Jonathan Villar before issuing an intentional walk to Trey Mancini to load the bases with two outs. After going to 3-0 on pinch-hitter Pedro Severino, Rogers secured his third save with a fly ball to right.

It was only the second time this season that the Orioles did not give up a home run. They allowed a major league-high 57 in their first 22 games.

Minnesota slugger Eddie Rosario, who hit five homers in his previous three games, went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts.

And still, the Twins won.

''It took several of our players to come up with big, big efforts,'' Baldelli said. ''That was a true team effort.''

Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy (0-3) allowed four runs, two earned, and seven hits in six innings. Although he lost his third straight start, he kept the ball in the park after allowing seven home runs in his previous four outings.

''Bundy was good. He gave us six really good innings, kept us in the game,'' manager Brandon Hyde said. ''Pitched well against a good lineup.''

After a 4-1 start, the last-place Orioles have lost 14 of 18 and are 1-9 at home.

''We were just a run short,'' Hyde said. ''We had opportunities in the eighth, didn't cash in, and put together a nice rally in the ninth inning. It just didn't happen.''

Baltimore's woes began on the second pitch of the game, when Jorge Polanco lifted a popup that Dwight Smith Jr. lost in the sun for a three-base error. Astudillo followed with a double and C.J. Cron hit an RBI single.

Smith got those unearned runs back with a two-run single in the third, making it 3-2 before Astudillo delivered a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

WRIGHT OUT

The Orioles designated right-hander Mike Wright for assignment and recalled Gabriel Ynoa from Triple-A Norfolk. Wright was 0-1 with a 9.45 ERA, and Baltimore needed a fresh arm after Saturday's doubleheader. Hyde said Wright had good stuff but ''had a lot of misses in the middle of the plate.'' Wright gave up five homers and 14 runs in 10 appearances this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: OF Max Kepler and Parker missed the entire series because of a stomach bug. Kepler insisted it was food poisoning, noting, ''I think it was some fish.''

Orioles: Smith left in the seventh inning with right quadriceps tightness. ''Honestly, the way I feel I probably could play (Monday),'' he said. ... RHP Nate Karns (right forearm strain) lasted only 18 pitches in his rehab assignment Saturday with Norfolk. Hyde said team doctors would check to see if his arm needs more rest.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Jake Odorizzi (1-2, 4,76 ERA) helps the Twins open a three-game series in Houston on Monday night. He is 3-1 with a 2.12 ERA in five career starts against the Astros.

Orioles: RHP David Hess (3-1, 5.57) faces the White Sox, looking to rebound after yielding six runs and eight hits over two innings against Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

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MIN12-7
201100000491
BAL8-15
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  • W: K. Gibson (1-0)L: D. Bundy (0-3)S: T. Rogers (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Polanco SS41100102.362.430.6521.0834.0
W. Astudillo C41120003.295.313.523.8355.0
N. Cruz DH31000122.306.443.5711.0142.0
E. Rosario LF50000024.280.325.6931.018-1.0
C. Cron 1B30210100.268.317.464.7814.0
J. Cave RF40110003.233.324.267.5902.0
J. Schoop 2B40100012.270.333.524.8570.5
E. Adrianza 3B40200003.143.194.143.3362.0
B. Buxton CF41100003.283.338.517.8553.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Villar SS51310001.274.337.432.76810.0
    T. Mancini RF41100113.341.402.6371.0392.5
    D. Smith LF30120011.289.333.506.8392.5
    C. Mullins CF10000002.094.181.156.3370.0
    a- P. Severino PH10000003.233.303.467.7700.0
    R. Nunez DH30000122.293.341.512.8530.0
    R. Ruiz 3B40000013.217.321.333.654-0.5
    J. Rickard CF-LF31100010.213.294.361.6552.5
    C. Davis 1B40000022.130.217.241.457-1.0
    J. Sucre C40200011.232.271.268.5391.5
    R. Martin PR00000000.180.268.240.5080.0
    H. Alberto 2B40100013.278.304.352.6550.5
    • a-flied out for Mullins in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Polanco (5), W. Astudillo (4), B. Buxton (12)
    • SF - W. Astudillo (2)
    • RBI - W. Astudillo 2 (7), C. Cron (9), J. Cave (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Cron (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco, W. Astudillo 2 (2), E. Rosario, J. Cave 3 (3), E. Adrianza 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Villar (4)
    • RBI - J. Villar (10), D. Smith 2 (15)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Villar, D. Smith 2 (7)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Severino 3 (3), R. Nunez 2 (2), R. Ruiz 3 (3), J. Sucre
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Villar 2 (6)
    FIELDING
    • E - E. Adrianza
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Villar-Alberto-Davis)
    • E - D. Smith
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Gibson (W, 1-0)6.05220606.101.5024.0
    T. May (H, 2)1.02000204.001.442.0
    T. Hildenberger (H, 4)1.00001100.001.172.5
    T. Rogers (S, 3)1.02111102.311.546.5
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Gibson (W, 1-0)6.0
    T. May (H, 2)1.0
    T. Hildenberger (H, 4)1.0
    T. Rogers (S, 3)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Bundy (L, 0-3)6.07421406.561.508.0
    E. Phillips2.01002103.241.323.5
    M. Givens1.01000004.501.202.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Bundy (L, 0-3)6.0
    E. Phillips2.0
    M. Givens1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - K. Gibson
    • IBB - T. Rogers
    • HBP - T. Rogers (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 89-55, T. May 27-17, T. Hildenberger 18-12, T. Rogers 18-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 5-7, T. Hildenberger 2-0
    • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 23, T. May 5, T. Hildenberger 4, T. Rogers 7
    PITCHING
    • HBP - D. Bundy (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Bundy 95-63, E. Phillips 31-16, M. Givens 12-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Bundy 4-11, E. Phillips 2-2, M. Givens 1-2
    • Batters Faced - D. Bundy 28, E. Phillips 8, M. Givens 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    MIN12-7
    201100000491
    BAL8-15
    002000001391
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Polanco SS41100102.362.430.6521.0834.0
    W. Astudillo C41120003.295.313.523.8355.0
    N. Cruz DH31000122.306.443.5711.0142.0
    E. Rosario LF50000024.280.325.6931.018-1.0
    C. Cron 1B30210100.268.317.464.7814.0
    J. Cave RF40110003.233.324.267.5902.0
    J. Schoop 2B40100012.270.333.524.8570.5
    E. Adrianza 3B40200003.143.194.143.3362.0
    B. Buxton CF41100003.283.338.517.8553.0
    Total3549403522-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Villar SS51310001.274.337.432.76810.0
      T. Mancini RF41100113.341.402.6371.0392.5
      D. Smith LF30120011.289.333.506.8392.5
      C. Mullins CF10000002.094.181.156.3370.0
      a- P. Severino PH10000003.233.303.467.7700.0
      R. Nunez DH30000122.293.341.512.8530.0
      R. Ruiz 3B40000013.217.321.333.654-0.5
      J. Rickard CF-LF31100010.213.294.361.6552.5
      C. Davis 1B40000022.130.217.241.457-1.0
      J. Sucre C40200011.232.271.268.5391.5
      R. Martin PR00000000.180.268.240.5080.0
      H. Alberto 2B40100013.278.304.352.6550.5
      Total36393021021-----
      • a-flied out for Mullins in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Polanco (5), W. Astudillo (4), B. Buxton (12)
      • SF - W. Astudillo (2)
      • RBI - W. Astudillo 2 (7), C. Cron (9), J. Cave (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Cron (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco, W. Astudillo 2 (2), E. Rosario, J. Cave 3 (3), E. Adrianza 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Villar (4)
      • RBI - J. Villar (10), D. Smith 2 (15)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Villar, D. Smith 2 (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Severino 3 (3), R. Nunez 2 (2), R. Ruiz 3 (3), J. Sucre
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Villar 2 (6)
      FIELDING
      • E - E. Adrianza
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Villar-Alberto-Davis)
      • E - D. Smith
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (W, 1-0)6.05220606.101.5024.0
      T. May (H, 2)1.02000204.001.442.0
      T. Hildenberger (H, 4)1.00001100.001.172.5
      T. Rogers (S, 3)1.02111102.311.546.5
      Total9.09332100---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (W, 1-0)6.0
      T. May (H, 2)1.0
      T. Hildenberger (H, 4)1.0
      T. Rogers (S, 3)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Bundy (L, 0-3)6.07421406.561.508.0
      E. Phillips2.01002103.241.323.5
      M. Givens1.01000004.501.202.0
      Total9.0942350---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Bundy (L, 0-3)6.0
      E. Phillips2.0
      M. Givens1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - K. Gibson
      • IBB - T. Rogers
      • HBP - T. Rogers (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 89-55, T. May 27-17, T. Hildenberger 18-12, T. Rogers 18-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 5-7, T. Hildenberger 2-0
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 23, T. May 5, T. Hildenberger 4, T. Rogers 7
      PITCHING
      • HBP - D. Bundy (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Bundy 95-63, E. Phillips 31-16, M. Givens 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Bundy 4-11, E. Phillips 2-2, M. Givens 1-2
      • Batters Faced - D. Bundy 28, E. Phillips 8, M. Givens 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Villar doubled to left, Rickard scored, Martin to third43
      • 4TH INNING
        Astudillo hit sacrifice fly to right, Buxton scored42
      • 3RD INNING
        Smith singled to shallow center, Villar and Mancini scored32
        Cave singled to right center, Cruz scored, Cron to second30
      • 1ST INNING
        Cron singled to right center, Astudillo scored20
        Astudillo doubled to left, Polanco scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Mychal Givens relieved Evan Phillips
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco doubled to shallow left
        • W. Astudillo: Ball, Foul, Astudillo flied out to left
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz flied out to left
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Trevor Hildenberger
        • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rickard hit by pitch
        • C. Davis: Davis lined out to left
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Foul, Sucre reached on an infield single to third, Rickard to third on 3rd baseman Adrianza throwing error
        • Richie Martin ran for Jesus Sucre
        • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Alberto struck out swinging
        • J. Villar: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Villar doubled to left, Rickard scored, Martin to third
        • T. Mancini: Mancini intentionally walked
        • Pedro Severino hit for Cedric Mullins
        • P. Severino: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Severino flied out to deep right
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 8TH INNING
        • E. Phillips Pitching:
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Adrianza singled to left
        • B. Buxton: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Buxton grounded out to second, Adrianza out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. May Pitching:
        • H. Alberto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Alberto singled to shallow left
        • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Villar singled to shallow right, Alberto to third
        • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Trevor May
        • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • C. Mullins: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Villar stole second, Mullins grounded out to first
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nunez walked
        • R. Ruiz: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ruiz grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Cedric Mullins in center field
        • Evan Phillips relieved Dylan Bundy
        • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Astudillo grounded out to second
        • N. Cruz: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cruz walked
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Rosario lined out to center
        • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cron walked, Cruz to second
        • J. Cave: Ball, Ball, Cave flied out to left
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Trevor May relieved Kyle Gibson
        • J. Rickard: Ball, Rickard fouled out to catcher
        • C. Davis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • J. Sucre: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sucre struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Bundy Pitching:
        • J. Schoop: Schoop grounded out to third
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Foul, Adrianza singled to left
        • B. Buxton: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Buxton flied out to left, Adrianza to second
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Polanco popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • R. Nunez: Nunez lined out to right
        • R. Ruiz: Ball, Ball, Ruiz grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Bundy Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario grounded out to second
        • C. Cron: Foul, Ball, Cron grounded out to third
        • J. Cave: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cave flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • H. Alberto: Alberto flied out to left
        • J. Villar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Villar popped out to third
        • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Mancini lined out to left
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Bundy Pitching:
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Buxton doubled to deep left
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Polanco lined out to center, Buxton to third
        • W. Astudillo: Astudillo hit sacrifice fly to right, Buxton scored
        • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cruz struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ruiz struck out swinging
        • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rickard singled to center
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Sucre grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Bundy Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cruz hit by pitch
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • C. Cron: Ball, Cron singled to shallow left, Cruz to second
        • J. Cave: Ball, Cave singled to right center, Cruz scored, Cron to second
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Schoop flied out to left
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Adrianza popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Ball, Sucre singled to shallow left
        • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Alberto flied out to right
        • J. Villar: Villar reached on fielder's choice to second, Sucre out at second
        • T. Mancini: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Mancini singled to shallow center, Villar to second
        • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Villar to third, Mancini to second on wild pitch, Smith singled to shallow center, Villar and Mancini scored
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Bundy Pitching:
        • J. Schoop: Schoop singled to left center
        • E. Adrianza: Adrianza lined out to left
        • B. Buxton: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Buxton fouled out to first
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked, Schoop to second
        • W. Astudillo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Astudillo lined out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Ball, Ruiz grounded out to second
        • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rickard struck out swinging
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Davis grounded out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Bundy Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco safe at first on left fielder Smith fielding error, Polanco to third
        • W. Astudillo: Strike swinging, Astudillo doubled to left, Polanco scored
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Ball, Cron singled to right center, Astudillo scored
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Cave grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Villar singled to shallow center
        • T. Mancini: Mancini flied out to right
        • D. Smith: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Villar stole second, Ball, Ball, Smith flied out to deep center, Villar to third
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)