Dozier homers twice in Twins’ rout of Rockies
DENVER — Minnesota starter Phil Hughes survived his Coors Field debut Sunday, and the Twins, who saw most of their early lead vanish, piled on the Colorado Rockies late to rout them 13-5.
The Twins pounded out a season-high 18 hits, including seven for extra bases, in the rubber game of the series. Second baseman Brian Dozier hit two homers, giving him 18 for the season and his first career multi-homer game. The Twins scored seven runs in the final three innings, including four in the ninth.
Colorado’s Brett Anderson made his first start since April 12, when he broke his left index finger, and showed his rust. He gave up 10 hits, including four doubles and a triple, and six runs, five of them coming in the first. Hughes (10-5) quickly gave back four of the runs, two each in the first and second, but fought his way through five innings.
“You really feel for the guys that have to pitch here all the time,” Hughes said. “It wasn’t an easy thing to do. The offense gave me a bunch of run support, especially early, and I was able to hold on. I definitely didn’t have my best stuff or command or anything really going today. But fortunately (I) was able to at least maintain a one-run lead and then guys added on late.”
The teams traded runs in the fifth, keeping the Twins’ lead at 6-5, and they scored two runs in the seventh, the first one on center fielder Sam Fuld’s sacrifice fly against Rex Brothers, who had loaded the bases with one out on two singles and a walk.
Adam Ottavino relieved Brothers, and his first pitch glanced off the glove of catcher Wilin Rosario, allowing a run to score. It was Rosario’s 10th passed ball of the season, one more than his 2013 total.
Dozier led off the eighth against Ottavino with his 17th homer to make it 9-5. And Dozier homered again in the ninth when the Twins scored four runs against Brooks Brown. On Monday, Dozier will participate in the Home Run Derby at Target Field with his brother, Clay, pitching to him.
“That’s a little momentum I guess going into it. All the Twins fans will probably be more excited about Mornie coming back,” Dozier said, referring to Rockies first baseman and former Twin Justin Morneau. “I just want to have fun.”