Twins-Rangers Schoop
Texas Rangers first baseman Danny Santana (38) is caught stealing by Minnesota Twins second baseman Jonathan Schoop (16) in the fourth inning at Target Field on Sunday.

MINNEAPOLIS -- With a 4-1 loss to the Texas Rangers, the Twins didn’t exactly roar into the all-star break, but they’ll take their position as the unofficial first half of the season ended Sunday at Target Field.

Rougned Odor hit a three-run home run off Adalberto Mejia (0-2) to break open a tie game in the 11th inning, and Sean Kelly (4-2) earned the win with two scoreless innings to end the game.

The Twins enter the four-day break with 56 victories, first place in the American League Central and more home runs (166) than any major league team has ever hit before the All-Star Game.

They also took two of three from the Rangers despite playing without starting left fielder and RBI leader Eddie Rosario and all-star pitcher Jake Odorizzi.

Right-hander Jose Berrios is on the American League All-Star team and shortstop Jorge Polanco will start. Not bad for a team that finished last season six games under .500.

“The first half has gone well in general,” first-year manager Rocco Baldelli said. “I think we should be happy and proud with how we’ve played. That being said, it hasn’t been easy.”

The Twins had their chances Sunday, failing to score after putting runners at second and third with no one out in the fourth inning, and leaving the winning run at third in the 10th when catcher Mitch Garver popped a high foul ball to first baseman Danny Santana.

Five Twins pitchers combined to strike out 13 before Mejia started the 11th. He walked Gallo and Asdrubal Cabrera before surrendering a 409-foot home run into the bullpen by Odor.

Despite putting eight players on the injured list since June 18 — four of them starting position players — the Twins went 9-9 during the stretch and enter the break with a 5 1/2-game lead on second-place Cleveland in the Central.

That lead was up to 11 1/2 games on June 2, but the Indians have won six straight. The teams meet coming out of the break with a three-game series that starts Friday in Cleveland.

“I’m very pleased with the way that the stretch has gone because it was extraordinarily challenging,” Baldelli said. “The way they’ve played has kind of masked what that stretch actually looked like, because it was a very challenging three weeks, and our players have continued to perform despite the challenges.”

TEXAS 4, MINNESOTA 1, 11 innings

TEXAS ab r h rbi bb so avg

Choo dh 2 0 2 0 2 0 .288

DeShields dh 2 0 0 0 0 2 .256

Calhoun lf 5 0 1 0 0 1 .286

Mathis c 0 0 0 0 0 0 .155

Andrus ss 5 0 0 0 0 1 .303

Mazara rf 4 0 0 0 1 2 .261

Gallo cf 4 2 2 0 1 2 .275

Cabrera 3b 4 1 0 0 1 2 .227

Odor 2b 5 1 1 3 0 3 .193

Santana lf 5 0 4 1 0 1 .300

Federowicz c 3 0 0 0 0 1 .220

Guzmán 1b 2 0 0 0 0 1 .207

Totals 41 4 10 4 5 16 --

MINNESOTA ab r h rbi bb so avg

Kepler rf 5 0 1 0 0 0 .263

Cave rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .176

Polanco ss 5 0 0 0 0 0 .312

Cruz dh 3 0 0 0 2 0 .279

Garver c 5 0 2 0 0 2 .295

Gonzalez lf 5 0 0 0 0 1 .255

Arraez 3b 5 0 1 0 0 0 .393

Sanó 1b 4 1 2 0 1 2 .236

Schoop 2b 5 0 1 0 0 3 .260

Buxton cf 4 0 1 1 0 0 .253

Totals 41 1 8 1 3 8 --

Texas 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 -- 4 10 2

Minnesota 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 1 8 1

Texas ip h r er bb so np era

Leclerc 1.2 3 1 1 1 1 27 4.65

Jurado 2.1 2 0 0 2 0 36 4.23

Palumbo 3 1 0 0 0 2 45 11.00

Martin 2 0 0 0 0 3 27 3.15

Kelley, W (4-2) 2 2 0 0 0 2 38 3.09

Minnesota ip h r er bb so np era

Gibson 1 1 0 0 1 1 26 4.09

Smeltzer 4.1 5 1 1 1 4 65 3.24

Harper 1.2 0 0 0 0 4 15 2.92

Littell 1 0 0 0 1 2 25 5.40

May 2 2 0 0 0 3 32 3.06

Mejía, L (0-2) 0.2 2 3 3 2 1 25 8.80

Magill 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 4 4.67

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