Kepler's hit in 17th gives Twins 4-3 win over Red Sox

Michael Pineda throws against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning. Photo: AP Photo/Stacy Bengs
Michael Pineda throws against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning.

June 19, 2019 01:16 AM

Max Kepler's single with one out in the 17th inning gave the Minnesota Twins a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox early Wednesday in the longest game by innings in Target Field history.

Kepler hit a tying homer in the 13th before his hit down the first-base line past a five-man Red Sox infield scored Luis Arraez to end a game that took 5 hours, 45 minutes.


The winning hit came off reliever Brian Johnson (1-1), who pitched the 17th inning for the Red Sox. Johnson threw three innings as Boston's starting pitcher Sunday.

The game ended at 12:55 a.m. local time on the first walk-off win of the season for the Twins, who have yet to lose three straight games all season.

Boston had a six-game winning streak snapped.

Boston had a runner on third and nobody out in the 17th but couldn't score against Zack Littell (1-0), who earned his first career win. With Andrew Benintendi standing on third base, J.D. Martinez struck out for the fifth time of the game. Rafael Devers then grounded out to first, and Xander Bogaerts grounded to third.

Both teams traded solo homers in the 13th inning. Mookie Betts put Boston up 3-2 before Kepler launched his 18th homer to keep the game going.

Kepler also had a big hit in the eighth as his two-out single to left tied the game at 2.

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Associated Press: Tyler Mason

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