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Minnesota at Colorado

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Minnesota (44-50) «50001021413180
Colorado (40-55)2200100005131

Twins 13, Rockies 5

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DENVER -- Brian Dozier played his own version of Home Run Derby against the Colorado Rockies, hitting two into the left-field seats.

Next up, the real thing -- in his home park.

Dozier hit his first career multihomer game to get cranked up for the derby and the Minnesota Twins beat the Rockies 13-5 on Sunday.

"A little momentum going into it," the second baseman said of Monday's contest.

At 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, Dozier doesn't exactly consider himself a basher of the baseball. But he lined a solo home run in the eighth off Adam Ottavino and added a three-run shot an inning later when Brooks Brown served him a 94-mph fastball.

Dozier's hoping he can carry that swing over to the contest. His brother is even flying in pitch to him.

"It's going to be fun," said Dozier, who has 18 home runs this season.

However, he's not so sure he will even receive the biggest ovation at the contest even if it's at Target Field. He thinks the return of Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau, who came up with the Twins, will draw quite a few roars, too. Morneau also was picked to participate in the derby.

"That's going to be really exciting," Dozier said.

Late fill-in Chris Parmelee gave the Twins an early lead as he ignited a five-run first inning with a two-run single. He replaced outfielder Oswaldo Arcia, who was scratched with the flu.

The run support turned out to be enough for Phil Hughes (10-5), who picked up his 10th victory despite allowing five runs and 10 hits in five innings. It was his first appearance at Coors Field.

"Didn't like it very much," Hughes joked of the hitter friendly park. "I didn't have my best stuff or command or anything really going today."

Neither did Brett Anderson (0-3). He was rusty in his first outing since April. He allowed six runs -- five earned -- in five innings. The lefty has been sidelined since breaking his left index finger on April 12 while batting.

"My stuff was terrible, pretty much," Anderson said. "I'll put this one behind me. I feel good about staying healthy and go to my next one."

Minnesota finished a seven-game road swing with a 5-2 record and head into the All-Star break trailing the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers by 10½ games. Dozier thinks the team is in a good spot heading into the second half, especially considering they begin with a 10-game home stand.

"We knew coming into this series, or this whole road trip, not really make-or-break, but a huge test what we're going to do after the break, whether buy or sell," Dozier said. "I want to try to do everything to contend.

"In all of our opinions, we think we're good enough."

Hughes was able to stave off the Rockies after being staked to an early lead. Colorado trimmed the deficit to 6-5 in Hughes' last inning, when former Twin Justin Morneau scored on Corey Dickerson's groundout.

Sam Fuld provided some breathing room in the seventh when he brought home a run with a sacrifice fly. Parmelee then added another run when he ran home on a passed ball.

Dozier increased the lead in the eighth with his homer that was just inside the foul pole in left. He then hit another an inning later, giving the Twins a season-high 18 hits.

Nolan Arenado and Morneau each had three hits for the Rockies, who head into the break 13 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

"I think it's important to get a breather here," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "It's the only time for six, seven months that we're able to do that. But when the second half starts we need to play with a sense of urgency.

"I was hoping we could get this series going into the break. Didn't happen."

Notes

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said INF Danny Santana (left knee) should be ready to return soon after the All-Star break. ... Gardenhire will use right-handers Kyle Gibson, Kevin Correia and Hughes in a three-game series against Tampa Bay beginning Friday. ... RHP Jordan Lyles (broken left hand) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Weiss said recent X-rays showed Lyles' hand "needed a little bit more time." Weiss also said Lyles was involved in a minor car accident Friday night and suffered some facial injuries.

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

B. Dozier
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Colorado

J. Morneau
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Dozier, 2B6234010 .242
Kurt Suzuki, C6020010 .309
   Glen Perkins, P0000000 .000
Kendrys Morales, 1B6110011 .229
Trevor Plouffe, 3B5330002 .245
Chris Parmelee, RF5222011 .271
Josh Willingham, LF4110122 .212
Eduardo Escobar, SS4232111 .271
Sam Fuld, CF2122200 .269
Phil Hughes, P3000025 .000
   Samuel Deduno, P0000000 .000
   a-Chris Colabello, PH1000001 .246
   Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
   Casey Fien, P0000000 .000
   b-Chris Herrmann, PH-C1111000 .143
Totals4313181149  
a-grounded out for Deduno in the 7th
b-singled for Fien in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brian Dozier (16, Anderson), Kendrys Morales (10, Anderson), Trevor Plouffe (27, Anderson), Eduardo Escobar (25, Anderson)
3B - Trevor Plouffe (2, Anderson)
HR - Brian Dozier 2 (18, Ottavino)
SF - Sam Fuld (2)
RBI - Brian Dozier 4 (45), Chris Parmelee 2 (16), Eduardo Escobar 2 (21), Sam Fuld 2 (17), Chris Herrmann (1)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Parmelee 2 (6), Eduardo Escobar 2 (9), Sam Fuld (9)
Team LOB - 8
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Phil Hughes (W,10-5) 51055060 3.92
Samuel Deduno (H,1) 1100010 4.37
Matt Guerrier (H,3) 1100010 2.67
Casey Fien 1000020 2.23
Glen Perkins 1100010 2.97
WP - Samuel Deduno (4)
HBP - Rutledge (by Samuel Deduno)
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 94-73, Samuel Deduno 15-11, Matt Guerrier 20-11, Casey Fien 11-9, Glen Perkins 13-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 4-5, Samuel Deduno 1-0, Casey Fien 1-0, Glen Perkins 1-1
Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 25, Samuel Deduno 4, Matt Guerrier 4, Casey Fien 3, Glen Perkins 4
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Charlie Blackmon, CF4011031 .306
Carlos Gonzalez, RF4110012 .258
   a-Charlie Culberson, PH1000000 .190
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5020011 .345
Justin Morneau, 1B4231001 .312
   b-Michael McKenry, PH1000001 .303
Nolan Arenado, 3B4031011 .289
Corey Dickerson, LF4001004 .325
Wilin Rosario, C4110023 .246
DJ LeMahieu, 2B4120020 .283
Brett Anderson, P1001010 .167
   Tommy Kahnle, P0000000 .000
   c-Josh Rutledge, PH0000000 .286
   Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
   Adam Ottavino, P0000000 .000
   d-Drew Stubbs, PH1000000 .292
   Brooks Brown, P0000000 .000
Totals375135011  
a-fouled out for C. Gonzalez in the 9th
b-grounded out for Morneau in the 9th
c-hit by pitch for Kahnle in the 6th
d-grounded out for Ottavino in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Gonzalez (14, Hughes), Troy Tulowitzki (18, Perkins), Nolan Arenado 2 (19, Hughes), DJ LeMahieu (9, Hughes)
SF - Charlie Blackmon (4)
SH - Brett Anderson (1)
RBI - Charlie Blackmon (52), Justin Morneau (60), Nolan Arenado (30), Corey Dickerson (35), Brett Anderson (1)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Morneau (22), Nolan Arenado (12)
SB - Charlie Blackmon (18, 2nd base off Hughes/Suzuki)
CS - DJ LeMahieu (7, 2nd base by Deduno/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Arenado-LeMahieu-Rosario
E - DJ LeMahieu (3, Throwing)
PB - Wilin Rosario (10)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brett Anderson (L,0-3) 51065340 4.95
Tommy Kahnle 1000020 2.68
Rex Brothers 0.2221110 4.38
Adam Ottavino 1.1211011 3.95
Brooks Brown 1444011 9.82
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Anderson 92-53, Tommy Kahnle 13-8, Rex Brothers 19-9, Adam Ottavino 25-13, Brooks Brown 28-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Anderson 6-4, Adam Ottavino 1-2, Brooks Brown 2-0
Batters Faced - Brett Anderson 27, Tommy Kahnle 3, Rex Brothers 5, Adam Ottavino 6, Brooks Brown 7
Game Information
Attendance - 35743
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Mark Ripperger, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Angel Hernandez