Kyle Gibson tosses 8 shutout frames as Twins blank Jays

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – Kyle Gibson tossed eight scoreless innings to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 7-0 triumph over the Toronto Blue Jays in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Thursday at Target Field.

Gibson (3-0) allowed four hits with one walk and four strikeouts while Anthony Swarzak pitched a perfect ninth as the Twins improved to 7-7 after winning four of their last five outings.

Trevor Plouffe and Josmil Pinto drove in two runs apiece, Chris Colabello had two hits and an RBI while Jason Kubel and Kurt Suzuki chipped in an RBI apiece for the Twins.

Toronto starter R.A. Dickey (1-3) surrendered five runs on seven hits with five walks and four strikeouts in 4 1/3 frames as the Jays slipped to 8-7.

Colby Rasmus and Josh Thole picked up two hits each to provide all the offense for the Jays.

With a first-pitch temperature of 31 degrees, it marked the coldest outdoor home game in franchise history, topping the previous record of 32 degrees, which was set on May 2, 1967, when the Twins hosted the Yankees at Metropolitan Stadium.

Both teams struggled offensively early in the game, before the Twins broke out for five runs in the fifth against Dickey.

Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer both singled with one out, before Plouffe brought home Dozier with a single to left field for the game’s first run.

After a walk from Chris Colabello to load the bases, Kubel smacked an RBI single to right to bring home Mauer.

It set the stage for a two-run double from Pinto, who nearly hit the first grand slam of his career on a 3-1 fastball from Dickey, but it went off the wall in left-center field. Pinto’s double knocked Dickey out of the game in favor of reliever Todd Redmond.

Redmond promptly gave up a sacrifice fly to Kurt Suzuki before getting Aaron Hicks to ground out to second to end the inning.

Redmond gave up two unearned runs in the sixth, keyed by an error from second baseman Munenori Kawasaki.

Plouffe brought home the first run with a sacrifice fly, before Colabello laced an RBI double to right field with two outs.

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