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Gee, Mets top Twins 6-1 in makeup game

Published August 19, 2013 3:24 pm

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Minneapolis • Dillon Gee pitched into the eighth inning for the New York Mets in a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday afternoon in a makeup game from April 14.

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.

Rookie Kyle Gibson (2-4) struggled again, failing to finish the fourth. He recorded 11 outs and surrendered 10 hits.

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 elapse, this was just as lopsided as before, thanks to Gee. The 27-year-old right-hander was scheduled to start this game originally, that wintry afternoon.

The heat and humidity have proven to be better working conditions, though. Since May 30, Gee has a 2.27 ERA, the third-best in the league behind Jose Fernandez and Clayton Kershaw.

All nine of Gee's victories have come since April 20, and no other Mets pitcher including All-Star Matt Harvey has more than five in that stretch. The Mets are 13-12 in Harvey's starts. They're 14-11 with Gee on the mound.