MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Max Kepler should have the night off. Instead, the outfielder of the Twins ended the game with 12 innings and delivered three big hits.
Kepler's single with an outing on the 17th gave Minnesota a 4: 3 win over the Boston Red Sox early Wednesday in the longest match with innings in Target Field history.
Kepler hit a tie Homer in the 13th before his hit in the first baseline after a five-man Red Sox infield hit Luis Arraez to finish a game that lasted 5 hours and 45 minutes – for the fourth tie. longest in the history of the twins.
"Everyone just wanted to end the game," said Kepler, who scored in the sixth inning for Marwin Gonzalez. "It was a wild game. I'm glad we finally succeeded.
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"This is a much better story and much more fun if we win and the result of this game," said Johnson. "It was not the result, so it's hard to swallow."
The game ended at 00:55 local time with the first walkable win of the season for the twins, who have lost three more games in a row all season.
"It was one of the best games I ever played in baseball," said Rocco Baldelli, manager of Twins. "I think a lot of people in this clubhouse can say the same thing."
– Minnesota Twins (@Twins) June 19, 2019
Boston had a six-game winning streak.  The Red Sox deployed eight reliefs to the relief of the leftist David Price, who completed only five innings. The twins also used eight arms from the bullpen to support Michael Pineda's strong start. Pineda allowed a run in six innings.
Boston had a runner on the third and nobody on the 17th, but could not beat Zack Littell (1-0), who claimed his first career victory. With Andrew Benintendi on the third base, J.D. Martinez for the fifth time. Rafael Devers finished first and Xander Bogaerts came in third.
"There were a lot of weird things in this game, but we played to the end," said Boston manager Alex Cora. "They achieved a run more than us."
The teams exchanged in the 13th inning solo homer. Mookie Betts gave Boston a 3-2 lead before Kepler started his 18th homer to keep the game going.
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– Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) June 19, 2019
Kepler also had a great success in the eighth as his two-out single left the game tied at 2.
The Twins (48-24) maintained a draw for the best record in baseball.
"It would be so hard to go that far and use all the pitchers you've done, grind down the bats and then lose," said Mitch Garver, who had caught all 17 innings for the Twins. "I've been on the losing side before."
Red Sox: Steve Pearce (lower back strain) and RHP Tyler Thornburg (impingement of the right hip) should both play In a rehab stint Tuesday with Triple-A Pawtucket, but the game was over rainy.
Twins: Minnesota suspended CF Byron Buxton retroactively to June 15 with a right to the 10-day list of Injured Wrist Splurge. The twins recalled outfielder Jake Cave of Triple-A Rochester to take Buxton's place on the squad. The cave started in midfield on Tuesday. … Infielder Ehire Adrianza was also on Tuesday's 10-Day IL with tummy ache, and rookie Arraez was recalled as a corresponding squad move from Rochester.
Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (7-4) hit his longest season opener in his final game when he won seven innings in Baltimore. He has won three of his last four starts.
Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (7-3) wants to build his best season start. Minnesota veteran Righty threw eight innings, allowing only two goals in a win over Kansas City.