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Gibson (3-1) gave up seven runs and 10 hits in three-plus innings. The right-hander had given up just two runs over 19 1-3 innings in his three other starts.
“The kid just didn’t have it tonight,” said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. “They weren’t killing him by any means, but they were putting the balls in the right places and he pitched behind tonight, which ended up costing him.”
The Rays jumped on Gibson for three runs — one more than he had given up in his first three starts — in the first inning. One of their four hits in the inning was Matt Joyce’s infield popup that fell behind shortstop Pedro Florimon.
“I don’t know how you get a base hit on a pop fly to the shortstop. That’s ridiculous,” Gardenhire said. “He didn’t lose it in the roof; he just missed the ball so that’s an error. That’s not a base hit.”
Gibson wasn’t as bothered by the cheap hit as what came after.
“Even then I felt like I was one pitch away,” he said. “I had one out, and first and second. I thought I could get a ground ball. Keeping ‘em on first and second, they gave me a chance to do that with a ground ball, and I just didn’t get a ground ball.”
“That was my job to put up a zero right there.” he said. “The offense did a good job of getting us back in the game, and unfortunately I gave up those two runs and gave the momentum right back. I just didn’t execute tonight.”
Price (3-1) struck out 12 in his ninth career complete game.
DeJesus stopped an 0 for 24 skid with an RBI single in the first and added a third-inning two-run single.
Price retired his first nine batters, six coming on strikeouts, before Dozier opened the fourth with his sixth homer of the season. Colabello made it 5-3 on a two-run shot, but that was as close as the Twins got.
Price was coming off a 10-2 loss Thursday to the New York Yankees in which he gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings.
The game was delayed 1:47 in the fifth when the umpires used replay to review the count on Tampa Bay’s Yunel Escobar.
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