Twins double up Mariners, extend post-break surge

Max Kepler homered and scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball. minnesota twins stay on top seattle mariners Wednesday Night 6-3

Edouard Julien and Alex Kirilloff also went deep, and Kenta Maeda pitched a strong 6 1/3. Twinswho have won five of six games since the All-Star break

Tom Murphy and Eugenio Suarez homered mariners, who went 2–4 on their 10-game homestand. Seattle will look for a win on Thursday to clinch a four-game series split

After mariners After trailing 3–0 to tie the score, Minnesota retook the lead in the eighth inning off of reliever Andres Muñoz (2–3).

Kepler hit a leadoff single and moved to third on Willie Castro’s one-out single. With two outs, a Muñoz slider skidded off Murphy’s glove and rolled toward the backstop, allowing Kepler to make it 4–3.

Kirilloff hit a two-run shot in the ninth off Devin Sweet, who was making his major league debut.

Twins Reliever Emilio Pagan (4–1) got the win, and Jhoan Durán made but got out of a ninth-inning jam for his 16th save.

Minnesota started the scoring in the second off mariners All-Star Luis Castillo. Matt Wallner led off with a walk and moved to second as Farmer grounded a one-out single to right field. With two outs, Ryan Jeffers took a run-scoring single up the middle.

It remained 1-0 till the fifth. With one out, Julian drove deep into right-center field, marking the second consecutive game in which he homered. Later, Kepler was shipped to the center.

Castillo allowed three runs on six hits in six innings. The right-handed batsman walked twice and scored a season-high 11 runs.

murphy got it mariners Launching a first-pitch slider over the wall in straight center, on the scoreboard with one out in the sixth

With one out in the Seattle seventh, Jared Kelenik scored a run to left, ending Maeda’s night. Suárez greeted reliever Griffin Jacques by hitting a two-run shot off the city scoreboard in left field. It was Suárez’s third consecutive game with a homer.

Maeda was charged with two runs on three hits in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander did not issue a walk and struck out nine, matching his season high.

Maeda allowed a leadoff single to JP Crawford in the first, then got a strikeout and a double-play grounder to end the inning. Maeda struck out 15 consecutive batters before Murphy’s homer.

–Field Level Media

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