Minnesota's Kyle Gibson had worked 22 consecutive scoreless innings heading into his last start. The right-hander would like to forget how that streak ended.
On Tuesday, Gibson surrendered seven runs over just two innings against the Angels in what matched his shortest outing of the season. He had only allowed four runs over his previous five starts (33 innings) combined, with 21 strikeouts to five walks during that span.
"That was one of the first times in a long time when I didn't know where the ball was going," Gibson said. "I really can't explain it. It's just one of those times where I was searching for 50 pitches and it was weird."
Gibson will try to return to form on Sunday when he faces the Rangers in Arlington. It will mark his second career meeting with Texas after he tossed six shutout frames against the club on May 28.
"This is a game where you've got to have a short memory," Gibson said. "I've faced these guys already so they've seen me once and I've seen them once, so hopefully we can get a good plan together and I can execute some pitches unlike the other day."
The Rangers will turn to right-hander Colby Lewis (5-5, 5.94) on their end.
Lewis, a 34-year-old who underwent offseason hip surgery, comes off his longest outing of the year -- a four-run, 6 1/3-inning affair against the Tigers on Tuesday. Despite it not being his best start, he hopes the performance represents a step in the right direction as he prepares to face the Twins.
"I really located the ball well and everything came together pretty decently," Lewis said. "I've kind of gotten to a point, especially after the last start, just getting back to my basics, getting back to the things that I was good at before. Hopefully I can continue that."
Of his 13 starts, Lewis has only lasted six or more innings twice. He is 1-4 with a 7.12 ERA when pitching in Arlington this season.
Twins: Florimon floundering at the plate
Shortstop Pedro Florimon has remained in Minnesota's starting lineup because of his ability to make plays on defense. His offensive production has been another story.
Florimon is hitting .092 on the season -- just seven hits in 76 at-bats -- after going 0-for-1 with a walk on Sunday. Of those, only two have been extra-base hits (a double and a triple), and he finds himself in the midst of an 0-for-19 hitless stretch.
"He's scuffling. I feel bad for the kid because he's such a good defender," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's really frustrated, I feel bad for the kid. He's a great kid and he's trying. He's trying."
Rangers: Rios finally gets some rest
For the first time all season, outfielder Alex Rios was not in the Rangers' starting lineup Saturday.
Rios had not missed a game since last August, when the club acquired him in a trade from the White Sox. However, manager Ron Washington felt it was time to give the veteran a much-needed break.
"I just wanted to give him a day," Washington said. "He's played every single game. He's looked a little sluggish to me. I'm just using my gut on this. … A guy of his caliber, usually all it takes is one day out of competing and he usually comes back re-energized."
Rios owns a .305/.337/.440 line this season but had gone hitless (0-for-14) in his last four games.
• The Rangers have used 42 players, including 23 different pitchers, in 2014. That number is tied with the Angels and Blue Jays for the most in the Major Leagues.
• The Twins are now riding a 10-game road losing streak following their 5-0 loss to Texas on Saturday. They are 17-26 when playing away from Target Field this year.
Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.