MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 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 here 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.