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Rockies shutout in series opener in Minnesota, falling 5-0 despite Dakota Hudson’s strong start


Dakota Hudson got no help from his friends on Monday in Minnesota.

In the series opener against the Twins, the right-hander was solid, throwing 6 2/3 innings while allowing only two runs. One of those was unearned as Hudson recorded a season-high 11 ground ball outs.

But Colorado’s offense no-showed again, getting shutout in a 5-0 loss at Target Field.

Hudson retired the first seven batters he faced before the Twins plated an unearned run in the third. In that inning, Manuel Margot’s double turned into a triple when Hunter Goodman went to field the ball in right field and dropped it. That led to Christian Vázquez’s sacrifice fly and a 1-0 lead for Minnesota.

The Twins got another run off Hudson in the fourth, using Carlos Correa’s two-out double to score Royce Lewis.

Meanwhile, the Rockies bats remained quiet, just as they were in the 5-1 loss in Sunday’s series finale in St. Louis. They couldn’t solve Chris Paddack, wasting numerous chances against the right-hander en route to the 6 1/3 shutout innings by the Twins starter.

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Charlie Blackmon singled to lead off the game, then Ezequiel Tovar’s bunt single gave Colorado two runners on with no outs. But Paddack escaped damage in that frame, as he did while working around singles over the next three innings.

After the Twins lifted Paddack with one out in the seventh, southpaw Steven Okert got the final two outs of that inning. Then in the eighth, Colorado product Griffin Jax — who pitched at Cherry Creek and then Air Force — diced up the Rockies. Minnesota’s set-up man struck out the side in Goodman, Adael Amador and Blackmon.

Nick Mears got the final out of the seventh, but the Twins lit him up in the eighth for three runs. Trevor Larnach’s sacrifice fly scored one, then Lewis hit a 435-foot two-run bomb to left-center to put the game firmly out of reach.

Despite a series split over the four games in St. Louis, the Rockies have now lost eight of their last ten games. Monday marked the eighth time Colorado’s been shutout this year. And of injury concern, starting catcher Elias Diaz departed in the opening inning with a left …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports

      

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