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Jul 13, 2014 8:49 PM by Posted by Greg Smith

Rockies unable to slow Twins bats in first-half finale

DENVER -- The Rockies' offense showed enough resiliency to end the first half on the right note Sunday. But offensive resilience can only get a team so far when a starter spots the opposition five runs in the first and the bullpen offers no favors.

The Rockies dropped their final series before the All-Star break by falling, 13-5, to the Twins on Sunday at Coors Field.

Making his first start since breaking his left index finger on April 12, left-hander Brett Anderson allowed five runs and seven hits in the first inning. That's one less hit than he allowed in his entire two-game, 9 2/3-inning rehab assignment and things would have been even worse if the Rockies didn't turn a superb 5-4-2 double play three batters in.

Anderson buckled down big time after that, though, limiting the Twins to just three hits and three walks while compiling all four of his strikeouts over his final four innings. The Twins added another run off Anderson in the fifth but it was unearned after second baseman DJ LeMahieu sent the relay throw into the visiting dugout on Trevor Plouffe's leadoff triple.

Down 5-0 before they took their first at-bat, the Rockies didn't go easy.

Justin Morneau put the Rockies on the board in the first by lofting an RBI single in front of a diving Josh Willingham following a 10-pitch at-bat. Nolan Arenado then returned the favor by plating Morneau on a double off the left-field fence.

The Rockies got two more back in the second, starting with a beautifully laid bunt by Anderson that scored Wilin Rosario with runners on second and third. Charlie Blackmon then made it a 5-4 ballgame with a sacrifice fly to center.

After Plouffe scored on the error, the Rockies struck back yet again with Morneau crossing home plate on a Corey Dickerson groundout to keep the deficit at one.

But that's as close as the Rockies would get as left-hander Rex Brothers didn't carry over the momentum from right-hander Tommy Kahnle's 1-2-3 sixth inning.

Brothers began the seventh by serving up back-to-back singles before walking Eduardo Escobar with one out to load the bases. Sam Fuld then ended Brothers' outing with a sacrifice fly to center.

Right-hander Adam Ottavino retired the first batter he faced in taking over but not before Chris Parmelee scored on a passed ball to put the Twins up 8-5. Rosario's turnaround toss looked to be in time on the play at the plate but instead, it pegged Parmelee in the back.

The Twins got another off Ottavino in the eighth when Brian Dozier deposited a solo shot just inside the left-field foul pole, and Dozier did it again an inning later with a three-run homer off right-hander Brooks Brown.

 

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