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Twins get to Bieber; Can't finish in loss to Indians

The Twins got a lead against the Cleveland ace, but couldn't hold on.
Rocco Baldelli

The Minnesota Twins let one slip away on Tuesday night, mounting an early lead against Cleveland Indians ace Shane Bieber, but ultimately falling by a score of 4-2.

The Twins had an uphill battle against the undefeated Bieber and the Indians made things tougher when Jose Ramirez stole a pair of bases off Rich Hill and scored on a Carlos Santana single to put Cleveland up 1-0 after one inning.

Staked to an early lead, Bieber didn't bring his best stuff against the Twins, which led to a second-inning rally. Luis Arraez smacked an RBI double and Max Kepler hit an RBI single off Bieber to give the Twins a 2-1 lead.

The Twins' advantage lasted until the sixth inning when Jorge Alcala came in and served up a two-run homer to Twins nemesis Francisco Lindor. 

A Tyler Naquin RBI double opened up the game to give Cleveland a 4-2 lead and the Twins couldn't mount more offense against the Cleveland bullpen to seal their fate.

The Twins still own a 1.5 game lead over the Indians for first place in the American League Central and will send Jose Berrios for the rubber match on Wednesday night against Mike Clevinger.

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