If Kyle Gibson's major league debut was memorable and his second outing was forgettable, Gibson's third career start was somewhere in between.
The Twins right-hander allowed four runs Tuesday against Tampa Bay, all in the fourth inning, as he and Minnesota fell, 4-1, to the Rays at Tropicana Field. As a result, Gibson fell to 1-2 with a 7.27 ERA in his young career.
Gibson cruised through Tampa Bay's lineup the first time before hitting a snag in the fourth inning. After walking just one batter in first two starts combined, Gibson issued four walks Tuesday -- including three in the fourth. It began with a leadoff walk to Desmond Jennings and was followed one batter later when Luke Scott drew a walk.
From there, Gibson nearly avoided trouble when he induced a shallow fly out to center and got Evan Longoria to strike out swinging. But another walk, this time to James Loney, was followed by a Matt Joyce single and a Kelly Johnson double, both of which drove in a pair of ...