Gibson Shines as Twins Take Game 1 of Doubleheader in Cleveland
CLEVELAND, OH -- The Minnesota Twins got a great outing from pitcher Kyle Gibson as well as sufficient run support in a 7-1 win over the Cleveland Indians in the afternoon game of a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday.
Gibson pitched six scoreless innings while striking out a career-high nine batters to earn his 11th win of the season.
Joe Mauer got the Twins offense off to a good start with a solo home run in the first inning -- his 10th of the season.
Minnesota broke out for four more runs in the fourth inning with RBI singles by Trevor Plouffe and a bases-clearing double by Torii Hunter.
Rookie Byron Buxton extended the Twins' lead to 6-0 with an RBI single in the seventh and added a solo home run in the ninth to make the score 7-1.
The win guarantees the Twins with an above-.500 record for 2015 at 82-75 with five games remaining.
MInnesota and Cleveland play tonight in the second half of the doubleheader with Mike Pelfrey taking the mound for the Twins.