Gibson, bullpen shut down Astros as Twins win again


Five Minnesota pitchers combined to shut out the Houston Astros, as the Twins returned to Target Field with a 3-0 victory Friday night.

Twins starter Kyle Gibson (9-9) gave the team 5 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, before turning things over to the bullpen. Then Brian Duensing, Glen Perkins, Trevor May and Kevin Jepsen took care of the rest to keep the American League West-leading Astros off the scoreboard.

Eduardo Nunez – a late addition to the Twins starting lineup when Miguel Sano was scratched due to a sore hamstring – got the Twins on the scoreboard in the third inning with a solo home run. It was Nunez's third homer of the year.

The Twins added two more in the fourth, when Torii Hunter was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Eduardo Escobar. Nunez followed with a ground out to second that brought home Brian Dozier.

Nunez finished 1-for-3 with the home run and two RBIs. Escobar and Shane Robinson had the only other Twins hits.

But the game really wasn't about offense as the pitchers controlled most of the contest. Houston starter Scott Kazmir (7-9) gave up just three hits, but also three runs in seven innings of work.

While Gibson didn't quite make it six innings, he kept the Astros off the scoreboard, scattering four hits and three walks, while striking out four.

Mike Pelfrey (6-7) is on the mound for the Twins Saturday night against Mike Fiers (1-0) for the Astros.

Next Up


Woman dies after being hit by vehicle in Minneapolis

The driver stopped and is cooperating with police.


Steve Patterson is leaving KSTP's 'Twin Cities Live'

His run with the popular 3 p.m. weekday show is coming to an end after 7 years.

twin cities marathon

Face mask rules revealed for Twin Cities Marathon weekend

Masks will be required in some outdoor areas, but not while running.

troop 106 trailer 1 (1)

Seen this trailer? It was stolen from Boy Scout Troop in New Brighton

The New Brighton Department of Public Safety has called for its return.

Kirill Kaprizov / Minnesota Wild

Wild, Kaprizov agree to 5-year deal

The contract will keep the star forward in Minnesota through the 2025-26 season.

Dunn County WI homicide suspect

Charges: Man who killed 4 friends, drove bodies to WI said he 'snapped'

Charges filed Tuesday reveal more details about the grisly case.

Edison high school wikimedia commons

Mpls. school goes to distance learning after students exposed to COVID

In-person classes will resume next month, the district said.

Mike Zimmer

Does Mike Zimmer's coaching style mesh with the Vikings' strengths?

Time for Zimmer to put all of his faith in the offense and try to win shootouts?

gray wolf

6 Wisconsin tribes sue to end upcoming wolf hunt

They cite treaty rights and a "disastrous February hunt."

St Paul Grill steak facebook

St. Paul Grill, closed since March 2020, announces reopening date

The dining room will open to all visitors again next month.