MINNEAPOLIS — Kyle Gibson had the home crowd behind him and a five-run lead from his Minnesota Twins teammates as he returned to the mound for the second inning.
Hit by hit, though, Cleveland didn’t quit. By the sixth, Gibson was sitting in the dugout, staring straight ahead in disgust after the Indians had pulled ahead.
Yan Gomes had three hits including a home run, rookie pinch-hitter Tyler Holt hit the go-ahead two-run double in the sixth inning, and the Indians came back to beat the Twins 7-5 on Tuesday night.
"It’s just a bad job," said Gibson, who gave up a solo shot to Gomes in the second and a two-run single to Zach Walters in the fourth before losing control of a slider for a wild pitch in the fifth that let Michael Bourn score and bring the Indians within 5-4.
Then came Holt’s big hit, one batter after Gibson was replaced by reliever Brian Duensing (3-3). Bourn followed with an RBI single to give the Indians a two-run edge.
"I should’ve been more relaxed and should’ve been getting ahead of guys and using that to my advantage for sure," Gibson said.
In half of Gibson’s 24 starts, he has given up one run or no runs. But his ERA rose again, from 3.96 to 4.13, after another inability to establish some consistency.
"It looked like he was trying not to give up runs, rather than just pitching and going after ’em," Gardenhire said.
Oswaldo Arcia homered in his third straight game for the Twins, capping a five-run first with a three-run shot after Joe Mauer and Kennys Vargas also drove in runs.
But Indians starter Trevor Bauer settled down and retired the next 14 batters before being removed for Kyle Crockett (3-0), who recorded the final out in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Indians manager Terry Francona kept on managing, making a total of seven pitching changes until summoning Cody Allen for the ninth inning to notch his 16th save in 17 attempts. The Indians have won six of their last eight games, trying to stay relevant in the AL Central race behind Kansas City and Detroit.
"Can’t shut down on a team like that. You can see what they’re playing for," Gardenhire said.
Arcia’s homer was his fifth in his last seven games and 13th this season, one shy of his 2013 rookie total. The Twins have hit 28 homers runs in their last 27 games.