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The Twins trailed by three entering the eighth, but scored five runs, keyed by a solo homer from backup infield candidate Ehire Adrianza and a go-ahead two-run homer from Minor League outfielder Travis Harrison. Benji Gonzalez also had an RBI double and J.B. Shuck added an RBI groundout.
The Phillies otherwise had solid pitching as Thompson and Adam Morgan both threw three scoreless innings. Thompson, slated to head to Triple-A barring an injury to one of Philadelphia’s five starters, gave up two hits and two walks with two strikeouts. He pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the third, striking out Miguel Sano looking to end the inning.
“Just trying to gain a little control after I lost it for a little bit,” Thompson said. “That’s going to happen during the season at times. It’s good to face that now and not be shocked when it comes in April.”
Gibson was efficient, surrendering one run on five hits over five innings with two strikeouts. It helped him lower his ERA to 2.01 in six starts. The lone run he allowed came on a solo shot from Galvis in the fifth on a 2-1 fastball. It was the first home run this spring for Galvis, who hit a career-high 20 homers last season.
“I felt pretty consistent,” Gibson said. “Physically, I actually felt really good. The changeup felt better. The breaking stuff was a little inconsistent, but overall I was pretty happy with it.”
Morgan, competing for the final spot in the bullpen, was impressive, giving up one hit and a walk over three scoreless frames. He has a 2.19 ERA this spring.
The Phillies tacked on two runs in the eighth on a two-out RBI double from Herrera and an RBI single from Michael Saunders that hit off the first-base bag. Both runs were charged to J.T. Chargois, who saw his chances of making the roster take a dent with an 8.64 ERA this spring.
Phillies Up Next: After playing their last two Grapefruit League games in Port Charlotte and Fort Myers, the Phillies host the Yankees at 1:05 p.m. ET Wednesday at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, in a game available on MLB.TV. Right-hander Vince Velasquez (1-0, 1.00 ERA) gets the start. He did not allow a hit in 3 2/3 innings last week against the Orioles, although he also threw 76 pitches.
Twins Up Next: Right-hander Phil Hughes starts for the Twins, as they travel across the state to play the Astros in Palm Beach on Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. CT, in a game available on MLB.TV. Other pitchers scheduled to see action include Michael Tonkin, Alex Wimmers and Drew Rucinski.
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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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