MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Headed for a fifth straight losing season, the New York Mets have the kind of rotation in place with the potential to soon end that skid.
Matt Harvey is the leader of the group, but don't forget Dillon Gee. And Travis d'Arnaud is up to guide these guys from behind the plate.
Gee pitched into the eighth inning for the Mets in a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday afternoon in a makeup game from April 14, and d'Arnaud learned afterward he's here for good.
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. Juan Lagares made several standout catches in center field, including a sprint into the wall to track down Josh Willingham's drive in the first.
"It helps to have the help that I've had. I've had great catchers calling great games, and Juan tracks down everything there in center field," Gee said, adding: "It gives you confidence to keep attacking."
With veteran catcher John Buck due back on Tuesday from paternity leave, the Mets sent catcher Anthony Recker to Triple-A Las Vegas after the game.
That meant d'Arnaud, the prized prospect acquired from Toronto in the offseason trade of Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, was staying despite being hitless in his first seven at-bats.
"What an amazing feeling, getting to stay with the club. This group of guys is just a great group of guys that truly love baseball," d'Arnaud said.
He's not going to be biding his time on the bench, either.
"The only way this guy is going to improve is to be here," manager Terry Collins said.
Rookie Kyle Gibson (2-4) struggled again for the Twins, failing to finish the fourth. He recorded 11 outs and allowed 10 hits and was sent to Triple-A Rochester after the game with a 6.53 ERA.
Only once since his debut on June 29 has the right-hander gone six innings and given up three runs or fewer.
"He just wasn't very consistent today. I know he's frustrated," catcher Joe Mauer said.
The Mets won the first two games of the series here by a total score of 20-7, but the finale at Target Field was postponed due to cold and rain.
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