Max Kepler’s three-run triple helps Twins beat Mets

Max Kepler had a pinch-hit, three-run triple and Willi Castro went 3-for-4 with a homer, double and two runs scored to lead the Minnesota Twins a 8-4 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis.Kyle Farmer went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, Donovan Solano had a two-run single and Jordan Luplow went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored for Minnesota (75-67) which increased its American League Central lead to seven games over Cleveland, which plays the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim later on Saturday night.Kenta Maeda (4-7) picked up the win, allowing two runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out two to help the Twins win for the sixth time in eight games.Pete Alonso, Brandon Nimmo and DJ Stewart all homered for New York (64-76) which lost its third straight game. David Peterson (3-8) suffered the loss while allowing three runs on eight hits in six innings. He walked one, hit a batter and struck out eight.New York jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Nimmo led off with his 23rd home run of the season, a 363-foot opposite-field drive just over the left field fence. Jeff McNeil followed with a single, stole second and then scored on a two-out single by Daniel Vogelbach.Minnesota tied it, 2-2, in the second inning on a two-out, two-run single by Solano, driving in Ryan Jeffers, who had singled, and Castro, who had doubled.