Gibson shuts down White Sox

CHICAGO — Kyle Gibson turned in another top-notch perfor-mance Sunday.

He allowed one run on four hits and no walks while striking out a season-best eight batters over eight innings to beat the Chicago White Sox 8-1.

The Twins right-hander has now kept opponents to three runs or fewer in eight straight starts.

The only damage the White Sox could do against the former Greenfield-Central star Sunday was Jose Abreu’s solo home run in the fourth inning.

For Gibson (4-3), it was his second straight dominant start against Chicago this month. He twirled eight scoreless innings against the White Sox back on May 1.

Gibson has earned wins in three of his past five starts.

“He was locked in,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “We just rode him out as long as we could. It was just a good trip for us. We did a lot of things well, pitched really well.”

Gibson’s gem lowered his ERA to 2.72 for the season, good for ninth in the American League.

The victory puts the Twins (25-18) within three games of the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals (28-15).

They improved to 15-6 in May after they went 10-12 in April and started the season 1-6. They have won six of their past seven series.

Brian Dozier provided Gibson with plenty of run support, homering twice and driving in four runs.

The Twins have outscored the White Sox 57-26 in taking seven of 10 against Chicago so far this season.

By the numbers

The Minnesota Twins’ Kyle Gibson pitched eight innings of one-run baseball against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. The Greenfield-Central graduate’s pitching line against the Tigers, as well as for the season: