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The finish consequence wasn’t fairly was he was in search of, however Gibbons did see a glimmer of hope in three scoreless innings from Jaime Garcia to shut out the sport.
“I tip my hat to him,” Gibbons mentioned following an 8-Three loss to the Minnesota Twins within the opener of a three-game collection. “He actually saved us late there so we did not have to make use of another guys.
“That’s as good and under control as I’ve seen him this year. He looked really relaxed and everything was smooth. … We liked what we saw, that’s for sure.”
Garcia retired 9 straight batters, hanging out three, over the seventh to ninth innings. And he wanted simply 28 pitches to do it.
The 32-year-old left-hander, who missed three weeks of the season with shoulder irritation from June to July, had pitched simply 2/Three innings of aid in Boston earlier than the all-star break since coming back from the disabled record.
A starter all through his profession, Garcia mentioned he is snug with a bullpen position.
“One of the things I’ve learned through my career is literally adapt to any situation that comes my way and whatever the circumstances are,” he mentioned. “My mentality is simply keep centered and execute pitches when it is my time to take the mound, whether or not it is beginning or bullpen.
“That’s been the case right now. I’ve been trying to do my best to learn from the other guys in the bullpen. At the end of the day when I go out there I can pretty much adapt to whatever’s in front of me, whatever they need me to do.”
Tried a late rally
Max Kepler hit a two-run homer and Logan Morrison added a solo shot and drove in three to guide Minnesota’s offence. Eduardo Escobar drove in a pair for the Twins (45-53), and Joe Mauer was Three for five with an RBI.
Adalberto Mejia (1-0) allowed one run and eight hits over 5 1/Three innings whereas hanging out three and strolling two.
The Blue Jays (46-53) tried to rally within the ninth, scoring two on a Yangervis Solarte sacrifice fly and Kendrys Morales single however the comeback fell brief.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was one other vibrant spot for Toronto, going 2 for four with a homer to increase his multi-hit streak to 6 video games. The final Toronto rookie to document two-plus hits in six consecutive video games was John Olerud in 1990.
“I’ve been working hard trying to do everything well,” Gurriel mentioned by way of a translator. “Things are going well for me now and hopefully it’s going to stay that way.”
Luis Santos (0-1) pitched two innings in his first main league begin and allowed three hits and a run, walked a batter and struck out three.
‘They opened it up’
The Twins bought to the 27-year-old right-hander early — and have been helped by a few miscues from Teoscar Hernandez in left discipline — as Mauer led off the primary with a double and scored on Escobar’s triple for a 1-0 Minnesota lead.
Morrison tacked on two runs within the third with a single off Tim Mayza. His fifth-inning homer off Joe Biagini gave Minnesota a 6-1 lead earlier than Kepler despatched a pitch over the right-field wall to plate two extra.
The Twins additionally scored twice within the fourth with base hits from Mauer and Escobar.
“We got what we actually wanted out of Santos, then they got to us,” Gibbons mentioned. “We put that run on the board and they opened it up. … A lot of hits but not too many runs tonight. We left a lot of guys on base.”
Gurriel, beginning at shortstop and batting second within the lineup, put Toronto on the board with a solo shot within the third inning. The 24-year-old Cuban has no less than one hit in every of his final 12 begins.
The Blue Jays loaded the bases with consecutive singles within the sixth however a pair of strikeouts and a fly out ended the menace.
The Blue Jays held a second of silence earlier than the sport for victims of Sunday’s lethal mass taking pictures in Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood.
Note: “Previously Published on: 2018-07-23 22:36:37, as ‘Twins topple Blue Jays in collection opener