New York Mets: Trevor Plouffe

Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Twins 1

August, 19, 2013
If you’re going to take a detour, you might as well win.

Dillon Gee took a scoreless effort into the seventh inning and the Mets pounded out 10 hits and walked twice in 3 2/3 innings against Minnesota Twins rookie starter Kyle Gibson en route to a 6-1 victory at Target Field on Monday afternoon.

The Mets completed their four-city trip with a 5-6 record.

Gee pulled even with Matt Harvey for the team wins lead with No. 9. As with Harvey, the Mets are now 13-12 in Gee starts.

Jim Mone/Associated PressDillon Gee matched Matt Harvey for the team lead in wins with No. 9.

Gee has produced a 1.47 ERA in his past seven starts. Since May 30, he has the third-base ERA in the NL (2.27), trailing only Jose Fernandez (1.65) and Clayton Kershaw (1.88).

The lone scored against Gee by Minnesota was unearned. Daniel Murphy committed an error fielding a groundball after Trevor Plouffe had doubled with two outs in the seventh.

Gee's final line: 7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K. He threw 99 pitches (67 strikes).

The Mets improved to 10-4 in interleague play, the best record of any NL team.

The game was a makeup of one postponed from mid-April, when freezing rain fell in Minneapolis. The Mets had a game snowed out in Colorado on that same early season trip. They won that Denver makeup as well, on June 27, during a brief stopover that concluded a June four-city trip.

Monday’s superlatives included a first-inning RBI single by designated hitter Andrew Brown, who went 7-for-12 with a walk and six RBIs on the trip.

Golden glove: Juan Lagares had another highlight-reel play -- tracking down Josh Willingham’s would-be extra-base hit at the center-field wall to end the first inning. Lagares also gracefully retreated to snare Pedro Florimon’s shot to end the seventh.

The only center fielder with more defensive runs saved than Lagares’ 20 is Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez with 27, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Walk in the park: With his three-day cameo now expired with John Buck set to return from paternity leave, Travis d’Arnaud is still searching for his first MLB hit. D’Arnaud went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk. He is now 0-for-7 with five walks as a big leaguer. Sometime before Tuesday’s homestand opener, the Mets must declare whether d’Arnaud will remain at the major league level.

Byrd word: Marlon Byrd had a solo homer in the ninth, giving him 20 for the season. That matches his career high, which he originally achieved in 2009 with the Texas Rangers.

What’s next: The Mets host the Atlanta Braves for two games at Citi Field. Zack Wheeler (5-2, 3.43 ERA) opposes right-hander Brandon Beachy (2-0, 4.50) Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.

Mini-Series preview: Mets at Twins

August, 19, 2013

USA TODAY SportsDillon Gee faces Kyle Gibson in a makeup game Monday at Target Field.
METS (56-66, third place/NL East) vs. MINNESOTA TWINS (54-68, fourth place/AL Central)

Monday: RHP Dillon Gee (8-8, 3.79) vs. RHP Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.27), 2:10 p.m. ET

Twins short hops

• Rookie Kyle Gibson, the 22nd overall pick in the 2009 draft, makes his 10th major league start. (The Mets forfeited their first-round pick, 24th overall, to the Los Angeles Angels that year after signing Francisco Rodriguez the previous offseason. Mike Trout went 25th overall, also to the Angels.)

Gibson underwent Tommy John surgery on Sept. 7, 2011. He was a potential top-10 pick out of the University of Missouri, but dropped after suffering a stress fracture in his right forearm his junior year.

• First baseman Justin Morneau reportedly cleared waivers, making him eligible to be traded in August and eligible for another team’s postseason roster. The free-agent-to-be Morneau is making $14 million in 2013, in the final season of a six-year, $80 million deal. He has six homers in August.

• Catcher/outfielder Ryan Doumit returned from the disabled list Friday after missing eight games with a concussion. He had been struck with a foul ball in the facemask, then experienced nausea three days later while trying to play through the head injury.

• Outfielder/DH Josh Willingham (.222, 12 HR, 42 RBIs) returned from the DL on Aug. 9 after undergoing left knee surgery. He missed 33 games.

Joe Mauer went 5-for-7 with a homer and four RBIs on Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians. Mauer’s .322 average ranks fifth in the American League.

• Third baseman Trevor Plouffe is hitting .154 (8-for-52) with three RBIs in 14 starts in August.

• Minnesota is batting .167 with runners in scoring position during its past 11 games. The Twins were 2-for-18 in those situations in a 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

• Monday's makeup game originally was scheduled for April 14, but was called because of freezing rain.



Daniel Murphy
.298 9 54 76
HRL. Duda 28
RBIL. Duda 86
RD. Murphy 76
OPSL. Duda .827
WB. Colon 14
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.49
SOZ. Wheeler 180