After Wednesday’s game two of the series in Minnesota was postponed due to weather, the Rockies and Twins were scheduled to play a double header on Thursday. In game one of the day, Colorado took the 5-1 victory.
German Marquez threw his second straight solid game in the victory — pitching five complete innings, allowing only the lone run on four hits and two walks; he struck out three batters and improved his record on the season to 2-2.
Mike Dunn came in to pitch the eighth and two outs of the ninth innings before giving way to closer Greg Holland to pick up the one-out save — Holland’s Major League-leading 18th save of the season.
The Rockies scored five runs on just six hits, as Twins starter Ervin Santana was wild in walking four batters over seven innings.
Nolan Arenado got the scoring started in the first inning by hitting a bomb for his 10th home run of the season; this gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead.
Colorado then scored three in the top of the third inning — Mark Reynolds hit a two-run single and then scored later in the inning on a single by Ian Desmond. They would add their fifth run in the fourth inning when Charlie Blackmon singled in Alexei Amarista.
Game two of the double header, and officially game three of the series, is being played on Wednesday evening and can be viewed live on ROOT Sports.