Kepler Has 3 HRs, 6 RBIs as Twins Beat Indians 12-5
CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Max Kepler had three two-run homers and six RBIs, leading the Minnesota Twins to a 12-5 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night.
Kepler homered off All-Star Danny Salazar in the first and third innings and hit another off Cody Anderson in the sixth. Kepler became the first Twin to homer three times in a game since Justin Morneau in 2007. He also had a single.
Joe Mauer was 4 for 4 and homered in the eighth off Andrew Miller, who was making his first appearance with Cleveland after being acquired Sunday from the Yankees.
Jose Berrios (2-1) retired 15 straight after a three-run first inning. The rookie right-hander, recalled from Triple-A Rochester before the game, allowed four hits in six innings.
Salazar (11-4) lost for the first time since May 22. The right-hander allowed three homers and was charged with six runs in two innings, the shortest outing of his career.
Game two of the series is tonight. Kyle Gibson pitches with our coverage beginning at 5:30 on KROC AM.