Twins outfielder Max Kepler slugged a trio of two-run home runs to help his club take down the Indians 12-5 on Monday night. Here’s home run number three:
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Kepler’s first blast came in the first inning off of starter Danny Salazar, giving the Twins a temporary 2-0 lead. He victimized Salazar again in the third inning, breaking a 3-3 tie with a two-run shot. Kepler went yard for a third time in the sixth inning off of Cody Anderson, pushing the Twins’ lead to 10-3. Kepler finished 4-for-6 on the night.
Joe Mauer deserves special mention as well. He went 4-for-5 with a walk and a solo home run, but he was overshadowed — understandably — by Kepler.
Kepler, 23, now has 14 home runs and 44 RBI on the season along with a .256/.332/.547 triple-slash line in 229 plate appearances. He’s the first twins player to homer three times in one game since Justin Morneau did so on July 6, 2007 against the White Sox. Prior to Morneau, only Tony Oliva, Harmon Killebrew and Bob Allison did it for the Twins. Jim Lemon and Goose Goslin did it for the Washington Sentators, the team that preceded the Twins. Kepler’s is the 13th three-homer game in the majors this season.