Reynolds, Rockies take 1st game vs. Twins 5-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Mark Reynolds came back to the Colorado Rockies this season on a just-in-case basis.

He's in the middle of their thriving lineup like he was part of the plan all along.

Nolan Arenado got the doubleheader going with a first-inning home run, Reynolds added a two-run single and the road-tough Rockies beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 on Thursday in the first game.

German Marquez (2-2) dodged trouble over five innings to limit the damage to a sacrifice fly by Brian Dozier, and the Rockies raised their record in away games to 13-5, the best mark in the major leagues. They're leading the NL at 26-15 overall.

Reynolds has a team-leading 35 RBIs, putting him in the top five in the majors, to go with a whopping 1.008 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. He signed a minor league contract a couple of weeks before spring training, and has been difficult to bench even with first baseman Ian Desmond back from injury. With the interleague matchup, manager Bud Black was able to use Reynolds as the designed hitter.

Still the all-time leader with 223 strikeouts for Arizona in 2009, Reynolds has improved his two-strike approach and balanced his power with better contact.

''I think it's a big pat on the back to Mark to, over the course of his career, make changes in the type of offensive player he's become,'' Black said.

Greg Holland struck out Dozier to end the game for his franchise-record 18th consecutive save to start the season, after entering with runners at first and second, to notch his second straight one-batter save.

Desmond and Charlie Blackmon drove in runs against Twins starter Ervin Santana (6-2), who took the mound with the major league lead in ERA (1.50). Santana finished seven innings for the fifth time in nine tries, but two of the four walks he issued scored.

''They're very aggressive right now and everything is going their way, so every time you're behind in the count something's going to happen in favor of their team,'' said Santana, who has walked 12 batters over his last three turns.

Eleven of the 14 runs that Santana has allowed this year have come in his last two home appearances.

ARENADO AMBUSH

Santana was one strike from finishing a perfect first inning before Arenado belted a full-count fastball into the second deck above left field for his 10th homer. Arenado is 16 for 31 with five doubles, four home runs, three walks and 13 RBIs in the first inning this season.

EMPATHETIC MARQUEZ

Marquez, one of three rookies currently in the rotation, stretched his scoreless streak to 15 straight innings until a triple by Eddie Rosario led to the only run. He got slugger Miguel Sano to pop out with runners at first and second to end the fifth inning.

Marquez dedicated the victory to his native country, recently beset by a wave of political violence.

''Besides us, the Rockies, this win goes to Venezuela,'' Marquez said.

LOCATION LUCK

The Twins, who have the second-best AL road record at 11-5, fell to 8-12 at home. Twins manager Paul Molitor didn't want to dissect the issue.

''Probably we have to put the gray uniform on and try to play with a gray uniform,'' Santana said, smiling.

ROTATION ROULETTE

The rainout Wednesday night forced the day-night, split-admission doubleheader Thursday and threw a curveball at the pitching plans for both teams.

Colorado's Tyler Chatwood (3-5, 5.25 ERA) and Minnesota's Jose Berrios (1-0, 1.17 ERA) were assigned to pitch the second game, but neither manager expressed interest in bringing the afternoon starter back Monday on short rest.

Molitor announced that Alejandro Mejia will start Saturday against Kansas City, leaving options open for Monday. Black was noncommittal for Monday, when the team will play at Philadelphia, but Jeff Hoffman could be recalled from Triple-A for that game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies SS Trevor Story, placed on the 10-day DL a week ago with a strained left shoulder, took batting practice before the game and was dispatched to a rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque. He's batting only .180 with a team-high 48 strikeouts in 111 at-bats.

UP NEXT

Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (2-4, 6.43 ERA) will take the mound Friday at Cincinnati, with RHP Lisalverto Bonilla (0-1, 4.85) pitching for the Reds.

Twins: RHP Hector Santiago (4-2, 3.80 ERA) will pitch Friday against Kansas City, opposite RHP Nate Karns (2-2, 4.46) for the Royals.

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TwinsMIN20-17
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  • W: G. Marquez (2-2)L: E. Santana (6-2)S: G. Holland (18)
  • HR: COL - N. Arenado (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF41210000.323.364.616.9794.0
D. LeMahieu 2B30000010.287.356.357.713-0.5
N. Arenado 3B32111110.299.351.591.9427.5
M. Reynolds DH20120210.319.398.6101.0074.5
C. Gonzalez RF40000014.207.273.311.584-0.5
I. Desmond 1B40110020.313.328.438.7661.0
G. Parra LF40000000.262.295.393.6870.0
A. Amarista SS41100010.308.325.487.8122.5
T. Wolters C21000111.328.381.431.8121.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B40010024.240.347.408.7550.0
    J. Mauer 1B30100112.258.315.350.6651.5
    M. Sano 3B40200002.294.429.6391.0672.0
    M. Kepler RF30000002.241.333.393.7260.0
    a- R. Grossman RF10000001.238.396.357.7530.0
    K. Vargas DH40000002.220.242.458.7000.0
    J. Polanco SS40100010.248.304.368.6721.5
    C. Gimenez C40100011.195.327.268.5950.5
    E. Rosario LF31100012.274.295.419.7143.5
    b- E. Escobar PH10100000.242.315.470.7851.0
    B. Buxton CF20100201.184.270.291.5615.0
    • a-grounded into a double play for Kepler in the 8th
    • b-singled for Rosario in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Amarista (4)
    • HR - N. Arenado (10)
    • SH - D. LeMahieu
    • RBI - C. Blackmon (31), N. Arenado (28), M. Reynolds 2 (35), I. Desmond (9)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon (19), N. Arenado (8), I. Desmond (4)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Polanco (9)
    • 3B - E. Rosario (2)
    • SF - B. Dozier
    • RBI - B. Dozier (13)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - B. Buxton (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - I. Desmond, D. LeMahieu, A. Amarista
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - B. Buxton (2), M. Kepler (2)
    • E - E. Rosario
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Marquez (W, 2-2)5.04112304.341.2016.5
    C. Rusin1.12000102.281.501.5
    A. Ottavino (H, 13)0.21000003.241.50-1.0
    M. Dunn1.21001102.921.201.5
    G. Holland (S, 18)0.10000101.020.007.5
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Marquez (W, 2-2)5.0
    C. Rusin1.1
    A. Ottavino (H, 13)0.2
    M. Dunn1.2
    G. Holland (S, 18)0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Santana (L, 6-2)7.06554312.071.432.5
    R. Pressly2.00000506.910.008.5
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Santana (L, 6-2)7.0
    R. Pressly2.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 101-62, C. Rusin 18-13, A. Ottavino 14-8, M. Dunn 22-12, G. Holland 4-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 5-7, M. Dunn 2-1
    • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 21, C. Rusin 6, A. Ottavino 3, M. Dunn 6, G. Holland
    PITCHING
    • IBB - E. Santana
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Santana 104-58, R. Pressly 26-20
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Santana 4-12
    • Batters Faced - E. Santana 29, R. Pressly 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    RockiesCOL26-16
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    TwinsMIN20-17
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Blackmon CF41210000.323.364.616.9794.0
    D. LeMahieu 2B30000010.287.356.357.713-0.5
    N. Arenado 3B32111110.299.351.591.9427.5
    M. Reynolds DH20120210.319.398.6101.0074.5
    C. Gonzalez RF40000014.207.273.311.584-0.5
    I. Desmond 1B40110020.313.328.438.7661.0
    G. Parra LF40000000.262.295.393.6870.0
    A. Amarista SS41100010.308.325.487.8122.5
    T. Wolters C21000111.328.381.431.8121.5
    Total305651485-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Dozier 2B40010024.240.347.408.7550.0
      J. Mauer 1B30100112.258.315.350.6651.5
      M. Sano 3B40200002.294.429.6391.0672.0
      M. Kepler RF30000002.241.333.393.7260.0
      a- R. Grossman RF10000001.238.396.357.7530.0
      K. Vargas DH40000002.220.242.458.7000.0
      J. Polanco SS40100010.248.304.368.6721.5
      C. Gimenez C40100011.195.327.268.5950.5
      E. Rosario LF31100012.274.295.419.7143.5
      b- E. Escobar PH10100000.242.315.470.7851.0
      B. Buxton CF20100201.184.270.291.5615.0
      Total3318103617-----
      • a-grounded into a double play for Kepler in the 8th
      • b-singled for Rosario in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Amarista (4)
      • HR - N. Arenado (10)
      • SH - D. LeMahieu
      • RBI - C. Blackmon (31), N. Arenado (28), M. Reynolds 2 (35), I. Desmond (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon (19), N. Arenado (8), I. Desmond (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Polanco (9)
      • 3B - E. Rosario (2)
      • SF - B. Dozier
      • RBI - B. Dozier (13)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Buxton (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - I. Desmond, D. LeMahieu, A. Amarista
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - B. Buxton (2), M. Kepler (2)
      • E - E. Rosario
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Marquez (W, 2-2)5.04112304.341.2016.5
      C. Rusin1.12000102.281.501.5
      A. Ottavino (H, 13)0.21000003.241.50-1.0
      M. Dunn1.21001102.921.201.5
      G. Holland (S, 18)0.10000101.020.007.5
      Total9.0811360---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Marquez (W, 2-2)5.0
      C. Rusin1.1
      A. Ottavino (H, 13)0.2
      M. Dunn1.2
      G. Holland (S, 18)0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Santana (L, 6-2)7.06554312.071.432.5
      R. Pressly2.00000506.910.008.5
      Total9.0655481---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Santana (L, 6-2)7.0
      R. Pressly2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 101-62, C. Rusin 18-13, A. Ottavino 14-8, M. Dunn 22-12, G. Holland 4-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 5-7, M. Dunn 2-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 21, C. Rusin 6, A. Ottavino 3, M. Dunn 6, G. Holland
      PITCHING
      • IBB - E. Santana
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Santana 104-58, R. Pressly 26-20
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Santana 4-12
      • Batters Faced - E. Santana 29, R. Pressly 6
      • 5TH INNING
        Dozier hit sacrifice fly to left, Rosario scored51
      • 4TH INNING
        Blackmon singled to shallow center, Amarista scored, Blackmon out at second50
      • 3RD INNING
        Desmond singled to right center, Arenado scored, Reynolds out at home40
        Reynolds singled to left, Wolters and Blackmon scored, Arenado to third, Reynolds to second on left fielder Rosario fielding error30
      • 1ST INNING
        Arenado homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • R. Pressly Pitching:
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
        • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Parra flied out to left
        • A. Amarista: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Amarista struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Dunn Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco grounded out to third
        • C. Gimenez: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Gimenez struck out swinging
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar singled to center
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Escobar to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Buxton walked
        • B. Dozier: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • R. Pressly Pitching:
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Ottavino Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sano singled to deep right center
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Grossman grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Sano out at second
        • K. Vargas: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Vargas popped out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • T. Wolters: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wolters struck out swinging
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon lined out to right
        • D. LeMahieu: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rusin Pitching:
        • C. Gimenez: Gimenez singled to center
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario flied out to deep left
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Foul, Buxton singled to shallow left, Gimenez to second
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier popped out to second
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mauer lined out to left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
        • G. Parra: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Parra flied out to center
        • A. Amarista: Strike looking, Ball, Amarista flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rusin Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Kepler flied out to right
        • K. Vargas: Strike looking, Vargas flied out to right
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, LeMahieu struck out looking
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Arenado grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez flied out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • C. Gimenez: Strike looking, Gimenez grounded out to first
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rosario tripled to deep center
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Buxton walked
        • B. Dozier: Dozier hit sacrifice fly to left, Rosario scored
        • J. Mauer: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Buxton stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Sano popped out to third
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • G. Parra: Parra lined out to center
        • A. Amarista: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Amarista doubled to shallow left
        • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Wolters flied out to left
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Blackmon singled to shallow center, Amarista scored, Blackmon out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Kepler lined out to right
        • K. Vargas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Vargas grounded out to second
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco flied out to deep right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wolters walked
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Blackmon singled to right center, Wolters to second
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu hit sacrifice bunt to first, Wolters to third, Blackmon to second
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Arenado intentionally walked
        • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Reynolds singled to left, Wolters and Blackmon scored, Arenado to third, Reynolds to second on left fielder Rosario fielding error
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez popped out to shortstop
        • I. Desmond: Desmond singled to right center, Arenado scored, Reynolds out at home
        • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Dozier popped out to first
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Mauer struck out looking
        • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sano grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Foul, Foul, Desmond lined out to second
        • G. Parra: Ball, Strike looking, Parra flied out to deep left
        • A. Amarista: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Amarista grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Polanco doubled to deep left
        • C. Gimenez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gimenez grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Ball, Buxton lined out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Blackmon flied out to shallow left
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu flied out to center
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Arenado homered to left
        • M. Reynolds: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Reynolds walked
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Dozier struck out on foul tip
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. Sano: Ball, Sano reached on an infield single to second, Mauer to second
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Kepler flied out to right
        • K. Vargas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Vargas grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)