Dozier homers twice, Twins beat Rockies 13-5
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.
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.
After giving up a double and single to start the game, Anderson was the beneficiary of a 5-4-2 double play that ended with Dozier, running from third, thrown out on the plate. But Anderson (0-3) then gave up five straight hits to third baseman Trevor Plouffe (double), right fielder Chris Parmelee (two-run single), left fielder Josh Willingham (single), shortstop Eduardo Escobar (two-run double) and Fuld (run-scoring single) in the 29-pitch inning.
Hughes, who worked five innings, gave up two two-out runs in the first — the 14th straight start he has allowed a run in the first — on first baseman Justin Morneau’s single followed by and third baseman Nolan Arenado’s double netted the runs. After Rosario’s single and second baseman DJ LeMahieu’s double to start the second, the Rockies scored on Anderson’s sacrifice and center fielder Charlie Blackmon’s sacrifice fly.
It was the fifth time Hughes pitched a season-low five innings but just the second time since April 15.