MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins had their top two starting pitchers set up to start this series against a sputtering New York Yankees team.
First, Phil Hughes faltered against his former team. Then Kyle Gibson got roughed up. Now, the Yankees are feeling better and the Twins are in quite a funk.
Brian Roberts hit three doubles and a triple, and New York used its bullpen to preserve a 6-5 win over Minnesota on Friday.
David Huff (2-0) struck out three in three perfect innings for the victory after starter Chase Whitley faltered, and Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run single in the second to help finish off Twins starter Kyle Gibson (7-7).
“He didn’t have much. Couldn’t get the ball where he wanted to,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Gibson has had quite the thrive-or-dive season. Six of his 17 starts have been scoreless appearances, and he’s finished seven innings or more seven times. But this was his fourth turn of three or fewer innings, and he’s allowed at least six runs in each of those starts.