Gibson cruises as Twins top White Sox 8-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kyle Gibson knew he didn't have to do too much to give his slugging teammates a chance to win on Saturday, but the Minnesota Twins starting pitcher went out and threw a gem anyway.

Gibson pitched seven strong innings, C.J. Cron and Ehire Adrianza each drove in four runs and the Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 8-1 for their 10th win in 11 games.

Gibson (5-2) gave up five hits and walked none while striking out nine. Only four White Sox batters reached second base on the day, and he retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced.

The veteran right-hander said with the Twins' offense leading the majors in runs and homers, the starting pitchers know they can be the key to making this a special season in Minneapolis.

''Rarely are we going to have three or four games in a row where we only score one or two runs,'' Gibson said. ''So it's going to be up to the starting pitching to be consistent.''

His only blemish was Jose Abreu's leadoff homer in the fourth inning, but the Twins immediately tacked on three more runs in the bottom half of the inning. Cron drove in two runs with a single and Adrianza drove him home with a base hit to hand Gibson a 5-1 lead.

''That always makes a big difference, and that's what really creates that feel in the locker room,'' Gibson said. ''When we show up knowing there's going to be six or seven runs on the board, it gives everybody confidence.''

Adrianza capped the scoring with a three-run homer to right in the eighth inning. It was Minnesota's 102nd home run of the season, tops in the major leagues.

BLOWN FLY BALL

White Sox starter Manny Banuelos (2-4) was back after missing his last turn in the rotation with a sore shoulder. He got into trouble quickly by walking two straight batters with two outs in the first, and was then hurt by a costly defensive miscue.

Cron hit a high, short fly ball on a 3-0 pitch, but the ball drifted on right fielder Charlie Tilson, who staggered under it until it fell just out of his reach in the alley. The gift double gave Cron two RBIs and the Twins a 2-0 lead.

''I don't intend to make an excuse,'' Tilson said. ''I've got to make that play. You know going into the game the ball is moving a lot and as outfielders, we know we've got to keep our feet moving. Unfortunately, I just got caught in a bad position and couldn't make up.''

Banuelos wasn't blaming his defense.

''I know the wind was crazy today. I understand that,'' Banuelos said. ''There's some games where they make great plays for us. There's sometimes when that happens.''

BUZZ IS GROWING

With the weather warming up in Minnesota and the Twins holding the best record in the major leagues, their fans are showing some appreciation. After a 6-1 road trip last week, the Twins have drawn some of their best crowds of the season for the first two games of the series. Saturday's attendance of 39,139 was the first sellout since opening day, and the players noticed it.

''It's been fun the last couple of nights for sure,'' Cron said. ''It seems when we do something well they get excited, they cheer for us and we definitely feel it as players. We have a good ballclub. I think there's reason for them to come out, I think we definitely feed off that.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: SS Tim Anderson was a late scratch with a sore right wrist. He was hit there while swinging at a pitch on Friday night. C Wellington Castillo was placed in the 7-day concussion protocol after he took a foul tip off the mask in Friday night's game. The team called up C Seby Zavala from Triple-A Charlotte to replace him.

Twins: Though DH Nelson Cruz (wrist) is eligible to return from the 10-day DL, the Twins have decided to give him more time before activating him.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Dylan Covey (0-3, 5.31 ERA) is scheduled to face the Twins Sunday in the series finale. Covey, who made his major league debut at Target Field in a win over the Twins two years ago, is 0-2 with a 5.30 ERA in four appearances against Minnesota.

Twins: RHP Jake Odorizzi (6-2, 2.38) had won six consecutive starts before taking a no-decision last Monday at Anaheim. He gave up three hits and two walks over five scoreless innings in a game the Twins won 3-1.

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  • W: K. Gibson (5-2)L: M. Banuelos (2-4)
  • HR: CHW - J. Abreu (13), MIN - E. Adrianza (4)
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Y. Moncada 3B40100020.283.338.495.8330.0
J. Abreu DH41211022.267.320.530.8497.0
J. McCann C40000003.322.361.504.8650.0
E. Jimenez LF40100022.225.269.422.6900.0
J. Rondon SS40000031.203.236.333.569-1.5
Y. Alonso 1B20100110.181.292.313.6051.5
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Y. Sanchez 2B30000013.222.308.294.601-0.5
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E. Marshall P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Polanco DH50200020.340.411.6031.0141.0
M. Gonzalez RF30000201.239.316.371.6872.0
J. Schoop 2B32000225.266.319.521.8393.0
E. Rosario LF32100103.286.317.556.8735.0
C. Cron 1B32240102.278.344.556.90010.0
M. Sano 3B40100021.250.324.7811.1060.0
L. Arraez SS00000000.467.550.7331.2830.0
W. Astudillo C41100003.262.275.405.6792.0
E. Adrianza SS-3B41341001.231.333.397.73111.0
B. Buxton CF40000022.255.316.478.793-1.0
K. Gibson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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B. Parker P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Abreu (14)
    • HR - J. Abreu (13)
    • RBI - J. Abreu (42)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. McCann, E. Jimenez 2 (2), J. Rondon, Y. Sanchez 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Rosario (8), C. Cron (8)
    • HR - E. Adrianza (4)
    • RBI - C. Cron 4 (34), E. Adrianza 4 (12)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Cron 2 (8), E. Adrianza
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Schoop 2 (2), E. Rosario, C. Cron 2 (2), B. Buxton 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - L. Garcia (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Sanchez-Rondon-Alonso)
    • E - Y. Alonso
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Adrianza-Cron)
    • E - E. Adrianza (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Banuelos (L, 2-4)4.05553407.711.89-4.0
    J. Minaya2.02001101.591.413.5
    J. Fry1.00000105.591.603.5
    K. Herrera0.23331116.971.65-6.5
    E. Marshall0.10001100.001.00-0.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Banuelos (L, 2-4)4.0
    J. Minaya2.0
    J. Fry1.0
    K. Herrera0.2
    E. Marshall0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Gibson (W, 5-2)7.05111914.081.2028.5
    M. Magill1.01000201.641.183.0
    B. Parker1.00000201.040.924.0
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Gibson (W, 5-2)7.0
    M. Magill1.0
    B. Parker1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Banuelos 80-49, J. Minaya 36-22, J. Fry 14-7, K. Herrera 28-21, E. Marshall 15-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Banuelos 2-4, J. Minaya 1-4, J. Fry 1-2, K. Herrera 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Banuelos 18, J. Minaya 9, J. Fry 4, K. Herrera 6, E. Marshall 2
    PITCHING
    • HBP - K. Gibson (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 98-68, M. Magill 12-10, B. Parker 10-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 7-4
    • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 27, M. Magill 4, B. Parker 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Garcia CF30100010.273.310.352.6620.5
    Y. Moncada 3B40100020.283.338.495.8330.0
    J. Abreu DH41211022.267.320.530.8497.0
    J. McCann C40000003.322.361.504.8650.0
    E. Jimenez LF40100022.225.269.422.6900.0
    J. Rondon SS40000031.203.236.333.569-1.5
    Y. Alonso 1B20100110.181.292.313.6051.5
    a- S. Zavala PH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
    Y. Sanchez 2B30000013.222.308.294.601-0.5
    C. Tilson RF30000000.292.352.369.7210.0
    M. Banuelos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Minaya P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Fry P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    E. Marshall P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-struck out for Alonso in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Polanco DH50200020.340.411.6031.0141.0
    M. Gonzalez RF30000201.239.316.371.6872.0
    J. Schoop 2B32000225.266.319.521.8393.0
    E. Rosario LF32100103.286.317.556.8735.0
    C. Cron 1B32240102.278.344.556.90010.0
    M. Sano 3B40100021.250.324.7811.1060.0
    L. Arraez SS00000000.467.550.7331.2830.0
    W. Astudillo C41100003.262.275.405.6792.0
    E. Adrianza SS-3B41341001.231.333.397.73111.0
    B. Buxton CF40000022.255.316.478.793-1.0
    K. Gibson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    M. Magill P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    B. Parker P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Total33810816818-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Abreu (14)
      • HR - J. Abreu (13)
      • RBI - J. Abreu (42)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. McCann, E. Jimenez 2 (2), J. Rondon, Y. Sanchez 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Rosario (8), C. Cron (8)
      • HR - E. Adrianza (4)
      • RBI - C. Cron 4 (34), E. Adrianza 4 (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Cron 2 (8), E. Adrianza
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Schoop 2 (2), E. Rosario, C. Cron 2 (2), B. Buxton 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - L. Garcia (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Sanchez-Rondon-Alonso)
      • E - Y. Alonso
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Adrianza-Cron)
      • E - E. Adrianza (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Banuelos (L, 2-4)4.05553407.711.89-4.0
      J. Minaya2.02001101.591.413.5
      J. Fry1.00000105.591.603.5
      K. Herrera0.23331116.971.65-6.5
      E. Marshall0.10001100.001.00-0.5
      Total8.01088681---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Banuelos (L, 2-4)4.0
      J. Minaya2.0
      J. Fry1.0
      K. Herrera0.2
      E. Marshall0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (W, 5-2)7.05111914.081.2028.5
      M. Magill1.01000201.641.183.0
      B. Parker1.00000201.040.924.0
      Total9.06111131---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (W, 5-2)7.0
      M. Magill1.0
      B. Parker1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Banuelos 80-49, J. Minaya 36-22, J. Fry 14-7, K. Herrera 28-21, E. Marshall 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Banuelos 2-4, J. Minaya 1-4, J. Fry 1-2, K. Herrera 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Banuelos 18, J. Minaya 9, J. Fry 4, K. Herrera 6, E. Marshall 2
      PITCHING
      • HBP - K. Gibson (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 98-68, M. Magill 12-10, B. Parker 10-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 7-4
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 27, M. Magill 4, B. Parker 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Adrianza homered to right, Cron and Astudillo scored18
      • 4TH INNING
        Adrianza singled to center, Cron scored, Adrianza to second15
        Cron singled to left, Schoop and Rosario scored, Cron to second14
        Abreu homered to left center12
      • 1ST INNING
        Cron doubled to right, Schoop and Rosario scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Blake Parker relieved Matt Magill
        • Luis Arraez at shortstop
        • E. Jimenez: Strike looking, Ball, Jimenez flied out to deep right
        • J. Rondon: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Rondon struck out on foul tip
        • Seby Zavala hit for Yonder Alonso
        • S. Zavala: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Zavala struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Matt Magill relieved Kyle Gibson
        • L. Garcia: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
        • J. Abreu: Foul, Abreu doubled to deep center
        • J. McCann: Strike swinging, Ball, McCann popped out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Kelvin Herrera relieved Jace Fry
        • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cron walked
        • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Sano singled to right, Cron to second
        • W. Astudillo: Foul, Astudillo reached on fielder's choice to third, Cron to third, Sano out at second
        • E. Adrianza: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Adrianza homered to right, Cron and Astudillo scored
        • B. Buxton: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Polanco singled to left
        • Evan Marshall relieved Kelvin Herrera
        • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked, Polanco to second
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • C. Tilson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Tilson grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jace Fry relieved Juan Minaya
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco safe at first on 1st baseman Alonso fielding error
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez reached on fielder's choice to third, Polanco out at second
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rosario lined out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • J. Abreu: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Abreu struck out on foul tip
        • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, McCann grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Jimenez: Jimenez singled to left
        • J. Rondon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rondon struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Minaya Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • W. Astudillo: Astudillo grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Adrianza: Adrianza singled to right
        • B. Buxton: Buxton flied out to center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • C. Tilson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Tilson popped out to first
        • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Garcia flied out to left
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Moncada lined out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Juan Minaya relieved Manny Banuelos
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco singled to right
        • M. Gonzalez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez walked, Polanco to second
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Schoop lined out to center
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Rosario flied out to deep center, Polanco to third
        • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cron flied out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • J. Abreu: Abreu homered to left center
        • J. McCann: Ball, McCann grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Jimenez: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jimenez struck out swinging
        • J. Rondon: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rondon safe at first on 3rd baseman Adrianza throwing error, Rondon to second
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso walked
        • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • M. Banuelos Pitching:
        • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schoop walked
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Rosario doubled to right, Schoop to third
        • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cron singled to left, Schoop and Rosario scored, Cron to second
        • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • W. Astudillo: Strike swinging, Foul, Astudillo lined out to center
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Strike swinging, Adrianza singled to center, Cron scored, Adrianza to second
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Buxton struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • C. Tilson: Strike looking, Ball, Tilson grounded out to second
        • L. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Garcia singled to right center
        • Y. Moncada: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Garcia caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Banuelos Pitching:
        • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Foul, Buxton flied out to left
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez flied out to deep left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • J. Rondon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rondon struck out swinging
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso reached on bunt single to shortstop
        • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez grounded into double play shortstop to first, Alonso out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Banuelos Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sano grounded out to shortstop
        • W. Astudillo: Astudillo singled to left
        • E. Adrianza: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Adrianza grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Astudillo out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • L. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garcia hit by pitch
        • Y. Moncada: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Moncada singled to left center, Garcia to second
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
        • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, McCann lined out to right
        • E. Jimenez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Jimenez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Banuelos Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul tip, Polanco struck out on foul tip
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez popped out to second
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Schoop walked
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rosario walked, Schoop to second
        • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Ball, Cron doubled to right, Schoop and Rosario scored
        • M. Sano: Ball, Cron out at third
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)