Rockies falter in 13-5 loss to Twins

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 13, 2014 at 8:14 pm •  Published: July 13, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — Brett Anderson was hoping to give the Colorado Rockies a boost before the break.

Didn't happen.

Anderson was roughed up in his first outing since April as Colorado lost to the Minnesota Twins 13-5 on Sunday.

The injury-plagued Rockies head into the All-Star break trailing the NL-West leading Los Angeles Dodgers by 13 games. But they're steadily getting players back.

Anderson (0-3) was rusty in his return to the mound, allowing six runs — five earned — in five innings. The lefty had been sidelined since breaking his left index finger on April 12 while batting.

"My stuff was terrible, pretty much," said Anderson, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list before the game. "I'll put this one behind me. I feel good about staying healthy and go to my next one."

Brian Dozier played his own version of Home Run Derby against the Rockies, hitting two into the left-field seats.

Next up, the real thing — in his home park.

Dozier had his first career multihomer game to get cranked up for the derby.

"A little momentum going into it," the second baseman said of Monday's contest.

At 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, Dozier doesn't exactly consider himself a basher of the baseball. But he lined a solo homer in the eighth off Adam Ottavino and added a three-run shot an inning later when Brooks Brown served him a 94-mph fastball.

Dozier's hoping he can carry that swing over to the contest. His brother is even flying in to pitch to him.

"It's going to be fun," said Dozier, who has 18 homers this season.

However, he's not so sure he will even receive the biggest ovation at the contest even if it's at Target Field. He thinks the return of Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau, who came up with the Twins, will draw quite a few roars, too. Morneau also was picked to participate in the derby.

"That's going to be really exciting," Dozier said.