MINNEAPOLIS -- New York Mets pitcher Dillon Gee dominated Minnesota Twins hitters during their make-up game at Target Field on Monday afternoon. He threw six innings of scoreless ball and had nine strikeouts to lead the Mets to a 6-1 win.
Gee hit his spots, scattering six hits in 7 2/3 innings of work. He threw 99 pitches and walked one batter. The only run he gave up was unearned and came on a two-out error by Daniel Murphy.
Twins starter Kyle Gibson had more difficulty, spotting the Mets an early 4-0 lead. The Mets had 14 hits in the game, and seven of their nine starters had two hits apiece.
Gibson labored through 72 pitches in 3 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on 10 hits and two walks while recording two strikeouts. Only some excellent defense kept it from being worse.
Gibson's troubles started in the first inning with leadoff hits by Eric Young, Jr. and Murphy. Gibson walked Ike Davis to load the bases, and Andrew Brown singled to right, scoring Young. A double play bailed out Gibson, who was fortunate to escape with no more damage.
In the second, Gibson gave up another run on three more hits, as Juan Lagares scored on Young's single to left.
In the fourth the Mets got a leadoff double by Wilmer Flores, a walk to Travis d'Arnaud and a bunt single by Lagares to load the bases. Omar Quintanilla singled to right to score Flores.
Gibson nearly dodged another bullet when Trevor Plouffe dove for a line shot by Young to third and doubled up d?Arnaud at third. But Murphy hit a single to center, scoring Lagares and ending Gibson's afternoon.
Brian Duensing pitched three strong innings of middle relief, but the Mets tapped him for a run in the seventh. Marlon Byrd singled, Brown walked and Flores singled to right, scoring Byrd for 5-0 lead.
The Twins finally got on the board in the seventh when Brian Dozier doubled and then scored when Clete Thomas reached on an error.
Byrd got the run back in the ninth with his 20th homer of the season.
NOTES: Monday's game was a makeup from April 14, which was snowed out. ... The Twins have struck out 1,044 times this season, already ranking as the sixth highest total in team history. They average more than eight strikeouts per game and are on pace for a team record 1,374. ... Flores has 10 RBIs through his first 10 major league games, the second most by a Mets player (Jose Reyes had 11 in his first 10 games). Flores reached 11 RBIs in his 11th game. ... After going 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position on Aug. 18, the Twins are now batting .231 (250-for-1,080) with RISP on the season. The Twins went 0-for-11 with RISP against the Mets on Aug. 19.