Eddie Rosario launched a majestic home run to right in the sixth inning, putting the 2019 Twins in record books for hitting the most home runs in club history. That answered one question on Friday: Just how soon would the BombaSquad hit its 226th home run of the season.
Other questions went unanswered. Like when will they beat the Indians — or anyone — again? And when will a starter pitch longer than six innings and give up fewer than five runs?
Shane Bieber pitched like the All-Star Game MVP he was. Cleveland hitters poked, prodded then battered rookie lefthander Devin Smeltzer, knocking him from the game in the fifth.
The Indians looked like a first-place team on Friday. And that’s because they are.
Cleveland used a strong all-around game to defeat the Twins 6-2 and elbow them to the side in the American League Central. For the first time since April 26, Cleveland is in a first-place tie with the Twins. Local fans will lament the vanishing of the Twins’ 11½-game lead back in June.