Gibson runs scoreless-innings streak to 22

Righty blanks Red Sox on one hit, strikes out eight in seven frames

Gibson runs scoreless-innings streak to 22

BOSTON -- Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson threw seven shutout innings for a third straight outing on Wednesday afternoon in Minnesota's 2-1 loss in 10 innings the Red Sox, running his scoreless streak to 22 innings in the process.

It's the third-longest streak without giving up a run by a starting pitcher in Twins history, as former American League Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana had a 33-innings scoreless streak in '04, and left-hander Francisco Liriano went 23 innings without giving up a run in '10.

The club record for a scoreless streak by any Twins pitcher is 36 innings by reliever J.C. Romero in '04. It's also the third-longest active streak in the Majors behind San Francisco's Jean Machi (25) and Philadelphia's Cole Hamels (23).

"I'm just executing pitches," Gibson said. "I'm not doing anything different. I'm definitely looking at scouting reports and who I'm facing. But it comes down to executing no matter who is out there."

Gibson had perhaps his best outing of his career Wednesday in his first start at Fenway Park. The right-hander gave up just one hit and established a career-high with eight strikeouts. His previous high was five strikeouts set once last year and matched once this season.

"I think with my stuff and the combination of executing pitches, it was probably as good as I've felt and as good as I've executed in my 30 or so games up here," Gibson said.

But Gibson was stuck with a no-decision, as the Twins couldn't score for him. He remains 6-5, but lowered his ERA to 3.25 in 14 starts.

His streak started with a scoreless sixth inning against the Brewers on June 2 before he tossed seven scoreless frames against the Astros on June 7, and seven more shutout innings against the Tigers last Friday.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.