Twins fall to Giants 6-2 in series opener

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 24, 2014 at 1:10 am •  Published: May 24, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kyle Gibson pitched quickly and in command. Tim Lincecum labored and rarely looked in rhythm.

The formula for success and failure Friday night was a bit unconventional for both.

Gibson gave up homers to Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Hicks, and Lincecum was wildly effective as the San Francisco Giants beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2.

"I really got beat on three pitches, which is the frustrating part," Gibson said.

Sandoval hit a three-run shot in the first, Hicks hit his eighth homer off Gibson in the fourth and drove in another run on a flyout in the seventh.

Gibson (4-4) gave up five runs and five hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked none, tossing 51 of his 72 pitches for strikes.

Lincecum (4-3), on the other hand, struck out four and walked six in six innings. He allowed five hits and also had two wild pitches, escaping trouble in nearly every inning. Only 57 of Lincecum's 112 pitches were strikes.

"He was bobbing and weaving out there the whole game," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Lincecum escaped trouble in nearly every inning. But the only time the Twins capitalized was in the third, when Joe Mauer and Chris Parmelee each drove in a run.

"We were a little sloppy defensively and we missed plenty of opportunities to get some hits," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "A rough start for us here, and that team over there knows how to take advantage of you."

San Francisco opened its six-game homestand with some pop at the plate and slick maneuvering on the mound.

Hunter Pence extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an infield single after Angel Pagan doubled leading off the first. Pence was originally ruled out, Bochy challenged the call and umpires overturned it after a 33-second video review.

Pagan was thrown out at home on Buster Posey's grounder, but not before third baseman Trevor Plouffe's throw pulled Brian Dozier off second on what would've been an inning-ending double play. Then Sandoval sent the first pitch he saw over the brick wall in right to put the Giants ahead 3-0. It was Sandoval's fifth home run this season.

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