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Twins increase lead over Indians; Kepler homers in 5 straight at-bats against Bauer

Max Kepler is Trevor Bauer's worst nightmare.
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Max Kepler owns Trevor Bauer.

The Twins' outfielder homered in three consecutive at-bats against the All-Star right-hander earlier this season, and he bombed him twice again in his first two at-bats in Minnesota's 6-2 victory over the Indians on Saturday night. 

That's five straight at-bats with a homer between Kepler and Bauer. 

Even more intriguing is that Kepler hit a deep ball foul against Bauer in his third at-bat before striking out. 

More on Kepler's historic feat, via MLB.com

"Kepler's homers in five consecutive at-bats against Bauer matched the longest streak by any batter off a single pitcher in the Expansion Era (since 1961), according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Carlos Delgado hit five straight against Jorge Sosa from 2003-04, while Frank Howard also accomplished the feat against Bob Hendley from '63-64.

Kepler is the only player to hit all five consecutive homers in a single season."

Most importantly, the victory increases Minnesota's lead in the AL Central to 7.5 games, and a win Sunday would give the Twins a series sweep and an 8.5-game lead. 

A sweep would push Cleveland closer to becoming sellers rather than buyers at the All-Star break, which would give Minnesota a rather easy path to the division title over the final two and a half months of the season. 

Sunday's game starts at 12:10 p.m. and features a big-time pitching matchup between Twins All-Star Jose Berrios and All-Star Game MVP Shane Bieber. 

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