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Twins 4, Red Sox 1: Kepler provides fireworks at the plate and in the field

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Lance Lynn and the bullpen hold Sox to 4 hits

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Minnesota Twins
Max Kepler hits a two run home run during the fourth inning
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The night got started off with a bang on a lead-off home run by Robbie Grossman batting at the top of the order.

Twins starter Lance Lynn only gave up one unearned run coming on a throwing error by Logan Morrison in the 2nd. Despite walking five and letting the lead-off man get on in four of his five innings of work, Lynn got the outs he needed and kept the Sox off the board. He was pulled after his pitch count started to get high, he got through the 5th and qualified for the win.

Max Kepler hit a two-run dinger to right off Sox starter David Price in the 4th making it a 3-1 game. Price pitched well, but was not his usual self tonight. He has averaged nine strikeouts per game on the season but tonight managed just three over six innings pitched.

Eddie Rosario had a nice night going 2-3 with a triple. He was picked off of first by Price, but also made some nice fielding plays to make up for his earlier tootblan.

Brain Dozier has struggled mightily against lefties this year, but hit two solid doubles off south-paws tonight and hopefully shows a step in the right direction. He also got a sneaky stolen base, stealing 3rd while the pitcher wasn’t looking.

Kepler also made a beautiful catch to rob J.D. Martinez of at least a double. The second base ump originally called no-catch, but after review the call was overturned. According to statcast and the Twins announces the catch had a 4% probability of being made.

From there the Twins bullpen took over and kept the Sox off the board. Addison Reed, who had not pitched recently probably due to ineffectiveness, pitched well giving up a single but ultimately getting the job done. Fernando Rodney set them down in order in the 9th, and the Twins take game two and also the series with an early noon game tomorrow.

W: Lynn (5-5)

L: Price (8-5)

S: Rodney (16)

BOXSCORE and HIGHLIGHTS

Studs:

Lynn (0 ER on 5 IP) Kepler (HR , 2 RBI) Grossman (HR)

Rosario ( 2-3, 3B, BB) Dozier (2-4, two doubles)

Duds: No duds Twins win!!

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