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Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez (11) slides home safely past Minnesota Twins catcher Jason Castro (15) in the fifth inning Friday at Target Field in Minneapolis. (Brad Rempel / USA TODAY Sports)

MINNEAPOLIS — A lead which at one point had hit 11 1/2 games in early June dwindled down to zero on Friday night.

Though the Twins’ record-setting offense made history by setting a franchise home run record, it wasn’t enough to keep Minnesota from losing its fourth straight game. Cleveland beat the Twins 6-2, pulling into a tie with the Twins for first place in the American League Central. It is the first time the Twins haven’t had sole possession of first place since late April.

The loss came after the Twins’ starting pitcher ran into significant trouble for the fourth time in as many days. Devin Smeltzer, coming off a six-inning effort in which he limited the Royals to two hits and no runs, wasn’t able to replicate his success, not making it out of the fourth inning.

Instead, the Indians (70-46), who had scored once in the second inning, reached him for five more runs in the fifth to break the game open. Smeltzer gave up five hits in the frame before manager Rocco Baldelli came out to get him.

His effort came as part of a rocky past four days for the starting staff, which has now given up 28 runs in its past 20 1/3 innings pitched. Before Smeltzer’s outing, Jose Berrios was tagged for nine runs, Martin Perez for six and Kyle Gibson for six.

The Twins’ bullpen was saved by Randy Dobnak, who threw four scoreless innings in his major league debut, but by the time Dobnak entered the game, the Twins were in a hole against all-star Shane Bieber that they couldn’t climb out from.

Bieber was tough on the Twins, striking out 11 in seven-plus innings. He did surrender two home runs, though, allowing the Twins to make team history.

Jason Castro’s home run, which led off the fifth inning, was the Twins’ 225th of the season, tying the franchise record set in 1963, and Eddie Rosario, the man who helped popularize the phrase “Bomba Squad,” broke the record in the sixth inning with his 25th home run of the year.

Cleveland 6, Minnesota 2

Cleveland ab r h rbi bb so avg

Lindor ss 4 0 1 0 1 1 .300

Mercado cf 5 1 2 0 0 0 .282

Santana 1b 5 1 1 1 0 1 .279

Puig rf 5 1 3 1 0 1 .259

Ramírez 3b 4 2 3 1 1 0 .253

Pérez c 5 0 1 1 0 3 .229

Kipnis 2b 3 0 0 1 1 0 .259

Reyes dh 4 0 1 1 0 2 .241

Allen lf 4 1 2 0 0 0 .244

Bieber p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Perez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Goody p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Totals 39 6 14 6 3 8 -

Minnesota ab r h rbi bb so avg

Kepler cf 5 0 1 0 0 2 .264

Polanco ss 4 0 2 0 0 2 .296

Sanó dh 2 0 0 0 2 2 .246

Rosario lf 4 1 1 1 0 1 .285

Gonzalez 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .246

Arraez 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .345

Cron 1b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .260

Castro c 4 1 1 1 0 2 .250

Cave rf 4 0 2 0 0 2 .222

Smeltzer p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Duffey p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Dobnak p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Totals 35 2 8 2 2 12 -

Cleveland 0 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 -- 6 14 1

Minnesota 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 -- 2 8 1

Cleveland ip h r er bb so np era

Bieber, W (12-4) 7 7 2 2 2 11 108 3.28

Perez 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 2.90

Goody 1 1 0 0 0 1 18 1.30

Minnesota ip h r er bb so np era

Smeltzer, L (1-2) 4.1 7 6 6 3 4 81 3.66

Duffey 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 11 3.29

Dobnak 4 6 0 0 0 3 68 0.00

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