DENVER (AP) — Called up to pitch in place of the injured Ricky Nolasco, Kris Johnson had a rough go of it.
Johnson gave up a two-run homer to Drew Stubbs before recording an out, and the Minnesota Twins fell to the Colorado Rockies 6-2 on Friday night in the teams' first interleague meeting at Coors Field in six years.
Johnson (0-1), recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, went four innings and gave up five runs on eight hits, including another two-run homer, in the third inning by All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
"I just wasn't making enough quality pitches. I paid for it," Johnson said. "Especially Stubbs' home run and Tulowitzki's. The balls were up and over the plate. That's what is going to happen. Especially in a ballpark like this."
Jorge De La Rosa (10-6) pitched six innings of one-run ball for Colorado. He walked one and struck out three in winning his fourth straight.
The Rockies also benefited from the return of Carlos Gonzalez, who missed the previous 35 games because of a benign tumor on his left index finger that had to be excised surgically.
He singled ahead of Tulowitzki's home run and made two sparkling defensive plays in right field: a sliding catch in foul territory on a popup by Eduardo Nunez and whipping a throw to third base on the fly to nail Brian Dozier. He was trying to advance from first base on Kendrys Morales' single.
"He made some pitches," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of De La Rosa. "We hit some balls pretty hard. They made some nice plays. Dozier got thrown out at third base and their guy (Gonzalez) throws a pellet to third base. Their defense made some plays behind him. He got in some jams and got out of innings. He kept us off the board.
Brandon Barnes added a pinch-hit home run off reliever Matt Guerrier in the seventh inning.