On the coldest day in Twins history, before the smallest crowd in Target Field history, Kyle Gibson made a little history of his own.

The Twins’ righthander, whose longest previous start last 6 1/3 innings last Friday, pitched eight shutout innings Thursday, leading Minnesota back to .500 on the season with a 7-0 victory over Toronto in the first game of a day/night doubleheader.

Mike Pelfrey is scheduled to face Dustin McGowan in the 6:10 p.m. second game, the Twins’ fourth attempt this season to post a winning record.

Gibson allowed just four hits, all of them singles, in lowering his ERA to 0.93 -- one of seven starting pitchers in the AL with an ERA below 1.00. Only once, following a second-inning single by Colby Rasmus and an error by Trevor Plouffe, did the Blue Jays advance a runner to third base, and Gibson induced Moises Sierra to hit into a double play to end that threat. No other Blue Jay reached second base during the game, and Gibson easily improved to 3-0 on the year.