Max Kepler registered his first career home run in style, crushing a 0-2 98 MPH Matt Barnes fastball to straightaway center field, breaking a 4-4 tie for a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning on Sunday. Kepler entered the game having only four extra-base hits (all doubles) in 56 major league plate appearances. He was 0-for-4 coming into the at-bat.
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The Twins, with Sunday’s win, snapped a three-game losing streak. At 19-43, they’re a game ahead of the Braves, who own the worst record in baseball.
Kepler, 23, was rated the Twins’ second-best prospect and the 39th-best overall prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. He has been up and down between Triple-A Rochester and the majors this season. He posted an .822 OPS at Rochester and he now has a .650 OPS in the majors this season.
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