Rays rough up Gibson in his first loss of season
- Article by: DICK SCANLON
- Associated Press
- April 23, 2014 - 7:17 AM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — After three fine starts and three wins, Kyle Gibson of the Minnesota Twins had two bad innings Tuesday night and it cost him his first loss of the season.
David Price allowed six hits in his first complete game of the season, David DeJesus drove in three runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Twins 7-3.
Gibson (3-1) gave up seven runs and 10 hits in three-plus innings. The right-hander had given up just two runs over 19 1-3 innings in his three other starts.
"The kid just didn't have it tonight," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "They weren't killing him by any means, but they were putting the balls in the right places and he pitched behind tonight, which ended up costing him."
The Rays jumped on Gibson for three runs -- one more than he had given up in his first three starts -- in the first inning. One of their four hits in the inning was Matt Joyce's infield popup that fell behind shortstop Pedro Florimon.
"I don't know how you get a base hit on a pop fly to the shortstop. That's ridiculous," Gardenhire said. "He didn't lose it in the roof; he just missed the ball so that's an error. That's not a base hit."
Gibson wasn't as bothered by the cheap hit as what came after.
"Even then I felt like I was one pitch away," he said. "I had one out, and first and second. I thought I could get a ground ball. Keeping 'em on first and second, they gave me a chance to do that with a ground ball, and I just didn't get a ground ball."
Gibson's lament was the two runs he gave up in the fourth, after home runs by Brian Dozier and Chris Colabello got the Twins back in the game.
"That was my job to put up a zero right there." he said. "The offense did a good job of getting us back in the game, and unfortunately I gave up those two runs and gave the momentum right back. I just didn't execute tonight."
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