Gibson pitches 6 hitless innings, Twins beat Baltimore
By David Ginsburg
AP Sports Writer
BALTIMORE (AP) — Minnesota Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson held the Baltimore Orioles hitless over six innings before being replaced by Ryan Pressly, who kept the no-hitter intact until the eighth in a 6-2 victory Saturday night.
Gibson, Pressly and Gabriel Moya combined on a three-hitter to help Minnesota bounce back from an 11-inning, season-opening loss to Baltimore on Thursday.
Gibson (1-0) struck out six and walked five. Although the 30-year-old did not allow a runner past first base, manager Paul Molitor figured Gibson had enough after throwing 102 pitches in an early-season game on a cool night.
The final batter Gibson faced was Trey Mancini, who hit a sinking liner to left field that a diving Eddie Rosario got his glove under. The ball popped into the air, and Rosario snagged it with his bare hand.
Pressly worked a perfect seventh and got two outs in the eighth before Jonathan Schoop grounded a single up the middle.
That ended Minnesota’s shot at the sixth no-hitter in franchise history, the first since Francisco Liriano beat the White Sox in 2011.
Moya gave up a double to Danny Valencia and a homer to Tim Beckham in the ninth.
Offensively, Minnesota hit three solo home runs off Andrew Cashner (0-1) in his Orioles debut.
Miguel Sano connected in the first inning, Jason Castro went deep leading off the third and Max Kepler made it 4-0 in the fourth with a drive to right field.
Signed as a free agent after spending the 2017 season with Texas, Cashner surrendered five runs, four earned, and six hits in five innings.
The right-hander allowed only 15 home runs in 166 2/3 innings last year and was second in the AL in fewest homers permitted over nine innings (0.89).
Twins: RHP Phil Hughes (left oblique strain) pitched four innings Saturday in a Triple-A spring training game. If he responds well, Hughes will likely pitch for Class A Fort Myers on April 5, manager Paul Molitor said.
Orioles: LHP Zach Britton ran Friday for the first time since undergoing surgery on his right Achilles tendon in December. “I feel good, feel normal,” he said Saturday. … DH Mark Trumbo (quad strain) will take batting practice in Florida on Monday and could appear in a spring training game on April 6. … RHP Alex Cobb threw four innings Friday in extended spring training. His debut with the Orioles will be around mid-April.
Twins: Jose Berrios, who went 14-8 for Minnesota last year, starts in Sunday’s series finale.
Orioles: Notorious slow-starter Kevin Gausman starts for Baltimore. The right-hander is 2-3 with a 5.88 ERA in 15 career appearances before May.