Rockies 5, Twins 1 (Game 1)
MINNEAPOLIS — Nolan Arenado homered and German Marquez pitched five strong innings as Colorado continued its success on the road with a win in the first game of a split doubleheader.
Marquez (2-2) gave up one run on four hits and a walk to win his second straight start. Mark Reynolds added a two-run single for Colorado, which won its 13th road game of the season. The Rockies are tied for second in the majors in road wins behind Houston’s 15 and trail only Houston in overall wins this season with 26 victories.
Greg Holland picked up his 18th save in as many chances. Minnesota’s Ervin Santana (6-2) allowed more than one run for just the second time this season and saw his ERA rise from a league-leading 1.50 to 2.07, third in the AL.
Twins 2, Rockies 0 (Game 2)
MINNEAPOLIS — Jose Berrios dazzled with a career-high 11 strikeouts and gave up just two hits in his second start of the season as Minnesota salvaged the second game of a doubleheader against Colorado.
Max Kepler and Robbie Grossman each had two hits and an RBI for the Twins, who suffered a 5-1 loss to the Rockies earlier in the day.
Berrios (2-0), Minnesota’s top pitching prospect, held Colorado hitless through four innings and walked one batter in his 16th career start. Brandon Kintzler allowed a single and a walk in the ninth but closed out his 11th save in 12 chances.