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Dave Campbell / Associated Press, Published August 19 2013

Gee helps Mets beat Twins in makeup game

MINNEAPOLIS – Kyle Gibson’s midsummer debut was one of the few buzz-generating developments for the Minnesota Twins in this third straight losing season.

Two months later, Gibson found himself at the top of a long list of disappointments.

Dillon Gee pitched into the eighth inning for the New York Mets in a 6-1 victory over the Twins on Monday afternoon in a makeup game from April 14.

Gibson was sent back to Triple-A Rochester afterward.

“I don’t know I can say I saw it coming, but anytime you struggle for as long as I have, not throw the way you want and have success, there’s always a chance you’re going to get sent down,” Gibson said. “That’s part of the business.”

Gibson (2-4) had a 6.53 ERA in 10 starts with 20 walks and 29 strikeouts in 51 innings. He recorded 11 outs and allowed 10 hits in this one.

“We just wanted to see what he had. It was fun for him to get a chance to come up here and pitch,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He got a taste of it, and he’ll be better for it next time.”

Gee (9-8) turned in yet another quality start, and the offense for the Mets was about as balanced as could be with RBI singles by Eric Young, Daniel Murphy, Andrew Brown, Wilmer Flores and Omar Quintanilla.

All five of them had two hits, as did Marlon Byrd, who hit his 20th home run.

The Mets won the first two games of the series by a total score of 20-7, but the finale at Target Field was postponed due to cold and rain.

Despite the four-plus months that elapsed, this was just as lopsided as before, thanks to Gee. The 27-year-old right-hander was scheduled to start this game originally on that wintry afternoon.

Since May 30, Gee has a 2.27 ERA, the third-best in the league behind Jose Fernandez and Clayton Kershaw. Gee walked just one and struck out nine, matching the second-highest total of his career.

Left-hander Scott Rice relieved him with two outs in the eighth inning to retire Justin Morneau with Joe Mauer, who had two of the six hits against Gee, on second.

The only run Gee allowed was unearned when Murphy let a ground ball hit by Clete Thomas slide underneath his glove at second base in the seventh for an error.

The Twins went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and 15 for 81 on this eight-game homestand, lowering their league-worst batting average in those situations to below .230.

New York Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

EYong lf 5 1 2 1 Dozier 2b 4 0 1 0

DnMrp 2b 5 0 2 1 Mauer c 4 0 2 0

Byrd rf 5 2 2 1 Wlngh lf 4 0 0 0

I.Davis 1b 4 0 0 0 Mornea 1b 3 0 1 0

ABrwn dh 4 0 2 1 Doumit dh 4 0 0 0

Flores 3b 4 1 2 1 Arcia rf 4 0 0 0

TdArnd c 3 0 0 0 Plouffe 3b 4 1 2 0

Lagars cf 4 2 2 0 Thoms cf 4 0 1 0

Quntnll ss 4 0 2 1 Flormn ss 3 0 0 0

Totals 38 6 14 6 Totals 34 1 7 0

New York 110 200 101— 6

Minnesota 000 000 100— 1

E—Dan.Murphy (16). DP—New York 1, Minnesota 2. LOB—New York 8, Minnesota 7. 2B—Flores (3), Mauer (35), Morneau (30), Plouffe (14). HR—Byrd (20).

IP H R ER BB SO

New York

Gee W,9-8 7Xc 6 1 0 1 9

Rice Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Atchison 1 1 0 0 0 0

Minnesota

Gibson L,2-4 3Xc 10 4 4 2 2

Swarzak 3 3 1 1 1 5

Duensing 1Zc 0 0 0 0 3

Burton 1 1 1 1 0 1

T—2:53. A—30,913 (39,021).