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NYM@LAD: Gee fans four, holds Dodgers to two runs

Four months after the Mets opened a three-game set against the Twins with a pair of wins, the two teams will finish the series on Monday at Target Field.

After New York outscored Minnesota 20-7 in the first two contests, the April 14 finale was postponed because of snow and rescheduled for Monday's common off-day. Each team enters the day looking to break out of a losing streak: The Twins have dropped three straight and the Mets have lost their last two.

Minnesota skipper Rod Gardenhire will turn to rookie hurler Kyle Gibson, hoping the 25-year-old right-hander can notch a win for the first time since July 14.

Gibson has struggled all season, going 2-3 with a 6.27 ERA in nine starts. Gardenhire said Gibson has shown what makes him a highly touted pitcher, but he often gets too excited on the mound.

"He starts yanking the ball, overthrowing a little bit," Gardenhire said. "We've seen him with incredible stuff, but then he starts rushing, starts overthrowing and his stuff doesn't do anything."

Coming off Tommy John surgery, Gibson is approaching a likely shutdown, having pitched a combined 140 innings this season. The Twins haven't made an official announcement, but he's expected to be shut down after 150-160 innings.

Dillon Gee will take the mound for the Mets, making his first career start against the Twins. The 27-year-old right-hander was well on his way to his seventh win in his last nine decisions on Wednesday against the Dodgers, but he ended up taking a no-decision after allowing two earned runs on seven hits and a walk in six innings.

Since May 30, Gee owns a 2.45 ERA while failing to go less than six innings just once in that span, which covers 14 starts. His most recent win came on Aug. 8, when he went 7 2/3 innings against the Rockies, holding them to one run on eight hits.

"Dillon Gee is the prototypical pitcher," New York manager Terry Collins said after the win against Colorado. "There's days where maybe his slider's real good or days maybe his changeup's real good or days maybe his curveball's real good, but he's got four quality Major League pitches. And when he's using all four, he's tough to hit, because he has the knack for being able to throw those pitches at any time."

Mets: Mejia placed on DL, season could be over
On Sunday, The Mets placed starting pitcher Jenrry Mejia on the disabled list with a bone spur in his right elbow. He left Saturday's start in the fourth inning after feeling pain in the elbow.

The bone spurs had been a regular issue for Mejia this season, but the 23-year-old still managed to build a 2.30 ERA with 27 strikeouts and just four walks in five starts (27 1/3 innings). Mejia will see a doctor this week, and although the Mets won't be able to make a decision until then, he likely will undergo season-ending surgery.

"It doesn't look very good," Collins said.

Twins: Team spreads power throughout the lineup
The Twins went without a home run in Sunday's loss to the White Sox, a rarity for the team that entered the day with a homer in 10 straight games and led the Majors with 29 dingers since July 27.

Led by Justin Morneau's 14 blasts, the Twins have seven players with at least 10 home runs, more than any Minnesota team since 2004, when nine players reached double-digits.

"We've got guys who can hit home runs," Gardenhire said. "If you look at our home-run list, I don't know even know how many guys we have with 10 home runs. We don't have a 40-home run guy at the moment, but we have some guys who can pop them. So it's just one of those streaks."

Worth noting
• The Mets will complete an 11-game, four-city road trip on Monday after going 4-6 in the first 10 games.

• The Mets' Daniel Murphy has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games entering Monday.

• The Twins are 8-11 against the National League this season. The Mets have gone 9-4 against American League foes.

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