MINNEAPOLIS -- The first-place Rockies took advantage of a rare off start for Twins righty Ervin Santana, and German Marquez supported the bats with five innings of one-run ball as Colorado took Game 1 of a doubleheader vs. Minnesota, 5-1, on Thursday at Target Field.
Nolan Arenado started things off with a two-out solo homer in the first. According to Statcast-, the ball traveled an estimated 384 feet with an exit velocity of 104 mph. The Rockies added three more runs in the third on a pair of run-scoring hits from Mark Reynolds and Ian Desmond. Charlie Blackmon plated the fifth run with a single in the fourth.
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All five runs were charged to Santana, who labored through seven innings on the mound. He allowed six hits, striking out three and walking four. As a result, Santana's ERA went from 1.50 to 2.07. Meanwhile, the only blemish for Colorado's Marquez, who earned the victory, came in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Brian Dozier.
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Streak snapped: Marquez's scoreless streak of 10 consecutive road innings was snapped in the fifth. However, the frame nearly got away from him entirely. Following a one-out triple by Eddie Rosario and a Byron Buxton walk, Dozier put the Twins on board with a sacrifice fly to left. Marquez then walked Joe Mauer before ultimately getting Miguel Sano to pop up on a curveball to end the inning.
Free pass: The Twins elected to intentionally walk Arenado his second time up in the third inning, which proved to be detrimental. The next batter, Reynolds, smacked a two-seam fastball down the left-field line to drive in two runs. He was later thrown out at home by Max Kepler to end the inning, but Reynolds -- who is among the leaders in the National League in with 35 RBIs -- was a key part in breaking the game completely open.
Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis.
Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.
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