Jose Berrios, making just his second start of the season, allowed just two hits 7 2⁄3 innings, walking one and striking out 11. He threw 106 pitches, 72 for strikes.
Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood, on the other hand, was not nearly as sharp. He labored through five innings, allowing two runs on five hits, walking five and striking out four. He threw 105 pitches, just 54 for strikes.
Chatwood’s start was similar to his last outing against the Dodgers at Coors Field, in which he walked four and struck out six in 4 1⁄3 innings. Between the two starts, Chatwood has walked nine and struck out 10 in his last 9 1⁄3 innings of work, neither of which is consistent with his performance in his career overall.
The Twins got on the board in the first when Max Kepler singled to bring home Robbie Grossman, who had a hit earlier in the inning. Grossman did the driving in for Minnesota’s second run in the fourth inning when his single scored Ehire Adrianza, who led off the inning with a double.
Gerardo Parra got the Rockies first hit with a single to lead off the top of the fifth, but was caught stealing on a botched hit and run with Raimel Tapia at the plate. Carlos Gonzalez had the other hit against Berrios, a one-out single in the seventh.
After Berrios exited the game in the eighth, Colorado native Taylor Rogers and Twins closer Brandon Kintzler closed out the win for Minnesota.
The Rockies still did take two of three from the Twins, and will continue their 10-game road trip tomorrow in Cincinnati with Tyler Anderson on the mound against the Reds’ Lisalverto Bonilla. First pitch is at 5:10 p.m. Mountain time at Great American Ball Park.