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Kepler and Rosario lead Twins past Tigers 9-4
Saturday Aug 12, 2017 12:00am

(DETROIT) – Max Kempler homered and drove in three runs for the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. His biggest play of the night came in right field. In the eighth inning, the Twins led 7-4, but the Detroit Tigers had runners on first and second. Pinch-hitter John Hicks lined a ball to deep right, but Kepler made a leaping catch on the warning track and threw out Nicholas Castellanos at third for an inning-ending double play. Eddie Rosario also homered and drove in three runs as Minnesota picked up its sixth straight win with a 9-4 victory. Mikie Mahtook homered for Detroit, which has lost six of seven. Twins starter Kyle Gibson allowed three runs, five hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings, departing one out before he was eligible for the win. Anibal Sanchez (3-3) took the loss, allowing five runs and eight hits in six innings. He struck out six without walking a batter, but all five runs scored on two homers. Jose Iglesias hit an RBI double in the middle of the inning, then scored on Justin Upton's single to pull the Tigers within 5-3. Ryan Pressly (2-2) replaced Gibson and picked up the win.

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