MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Boston Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes was thinking about one thing when he faced rookie Max Kepler in the 10th inning on Sunday — get a strikeout.
Not only was Barnes unable to do that, he couldn't even keep the ball in the park.
Kepler's first major league homer was a three-run shot that gave the Minnesota Twins a 7-4 victory.
Joe Mauer drew a leadoff walk in the 10th from Barnes (2-3) and was sacrificed to second by Trevor Plouffe. Brian Dozier singled off the glove of shortstop Xander Bogaerts, sending Mauer to third.
Boston brought in outfielder Mookie Betts and played in with a five-man infield, but Kepler made that all moot...