Twins unable to cap rally after Gibson's rough start

Righty continues Jekyll and Hyde act; big hit proves elusive late

Twins unable to cap rally after Gibson's rough start

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kyle Gibson has turned into the Twins' version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde this season.

When Gibson is on, he's nearly unbeatable, but when the right-hander doesn't have his best stuff, he gets hit hard and has a tough time getting through the early innings.

Gibson's bad side was on full display Friday afternoon, as he couldn't build on his recent success and lasted just two innings to hand the Twins a 6-5 loss to the Yankees on Independence Day at Target Field.

Gibson, who fell to 7-7 on the season, has a 0.93 ERA in 48 1/3 innings in his seven wins and a 13.16 ERA in 26 2/3 innings in his seven losses. He's also thrown 20 scoreless innings in his three no-decisions.

"I've had a lot of these starts," said Gibson, who has a 4.17 ERA on the year. "It's either been good or bad. Nothing really in the middle. I'm just trying to get more consistent. One thing I've tried to focus on this season is limiting crooked numbers, but giving up three runs in back-to-back innings is no way to start a game."

Gibson, who had a 2.61 ERA over his previous five starts, was roughed up by the Yankees, matching a season low by going two innings for the third time this year. The right-hander gave up six runs (five earned) on six hits -- including five for extra bases -- and a walk.

"He obviously didn't have much," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He couldn't get the ball where he wanted to. They just jumped on him and never let him breathe. It got us in a hole."

The Yankees were all over Gibson from the start, as Brett Gardner led off the game with a triple before scoring on a double from Brian Roberts, who finished the afternoon with a career-high four extra-base hits. Mark Teixeira added an RBI double of his own before scoring on a sacrifice fly from Carlos Beltran after a passed ball from catcher Kurt Suzuki for a 3-0 lead.

New York scored three more runs in the second, with Brendan Ryan bringing home a run with a sacrifice fly before Jacoby Ellsbury singled home two runs with two outs.

The Twins, though, didn't go down quietly, as Yankees right-hander Chase Whitley also struggled, lasting a career-low three innings. He gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk and was denied the victory because he didn't get through five innings.

"He left some balls up," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He's not getting his fastball where he wants, and we've got to get that back for him."

Brian Dozier opened the scoring for Minnesota with a solo shot to lead off the home half of the first. It was the team-leading 16th homer of the year for Dozier, who hadn't gone deep since June 14.

Chris Colabello connected on a solo homer in the second off Whitley in his first at-bat since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday. It was Colabello's fifth homer, and his first since May 6.

The Twins scored two more runs in the third, when Oswaldo Arcia tripled home Kendrys Morales before scoring on a one-out single from Trevor Plouffe.

Right-hander Samuel Deduno kept the Twins in the game after Gibson departed, tossing 4 2/3 scoreless innings in relief with three hits allowed and four strikeouts.

"I was just aggressive with my fastball and my curveball," Deduno said. "My curveball was working pretty good."

But the Twins were unable to score against the Yankees bullpen until the eighth inning, when Colabello brought home a run on an RBI groundout after a double steal. Teixeira saved the Yankees with a diving play at first base to rob Eduardo Escobar of a game-tying single to end the inning.

"They made a couple big-time plays out there, and that was one of them," Gardenhire said. "He hit the living fire out of that ball and it would've been a tie game, but he made a great play."

The Twins also failed to come through in the ninth after Suzuki doubled with two outs off closer David Robertson, as Chris Parmelee struck out looking to see his 13-game hit streak come to an end.

"We had our chance at the end," Gardenhire said. "We were one hit away from tying the ballgame up. But when you get behind like that, it's an uphill battle the whole way. I'm pleased the guys kept competing, but unfortunately it's another loss."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.