CLEVELAND — The Indians grabbed a 6-2 victory over the Twins on Friday night, moving into a first-place tie in the American League Central for the first time since April 26, facing a deficit as large as 11.5 games in between.

Shane Bieber earned his team-leading 12th win of the season, allowing just two runs on seven hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts over seven innings. He notched his seventh career double-digit strikeout game and sixth this season, tied for fourth in the AL.

Franmil Reyes gave the Indians a 1-0 lead with a two-out RBI double in the second inning. Cleveland increased their lead to 6-0 with a five-run fifth inning as Carlos Santana and Yasiel Puig hit RBI-singles before jose´ Rami´rez drove in a run with his 30th double of the season. Roberto Pe´rez added an RBI single and Jason Kipnis capped the frame with a sacrifice fly.

The Indians fell 4-1 in the 3rd game of a 4-game set with the Twins on Saturday night. Puig blasted a 455-foot home run in the seventh inning, his 23rd of the year and his first in a Cleveland uniform.

Adam Plutko suffered his third loss of the season after surrendering four runs on nine hits and a walk with three strikeouts over six innings.

Cleveland locked up the series win with a 7-3 victory on Sunday.

The momentum started to turn after Eddie Rosario led off the ninth with a double. Brad Hand was able to bounce back and record a strikeout, but then gave up an RBI single to cut the Indians lead to one. Then, with runners on first and second, Marwin Gonzalez doubled to left field scoring the tying run from second.

Santana blasted his 25th homer of the year in the 10th inning, a grand slam, to help lead Cleveland past Minnesota. Cleveland is in the midst of a stretch in which is plays 17 of 23 games on the road, which began Thursday night in Minneapolis. They will hos Boston for a three game series before heading to New York to take on the Yankees.