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Updated: July 13th, 2014 8:24pm
Dozier's two home runs help power Twins to win in Colorado

Dozier's two home runs help power Twins to win in Colorado

by The Associated Press
Audio Clip
7/7/2014
Sports Over Beers, episode 23. Dave St. Peter on the All-Star Game
Twins President Dave St. Peter joins the Sports Over Beers podcast to talk about this year's All-Star Game at Target Field. The best events of All-Star week, the concert at TCF Bank Stadium, the color run, the parade down Nicollet Mall, the Futures Game, the Home Run Derby and the rest of the party. Are there tickets available for any of the events for the week? Where can fans go to find tickets or seating for any of the All-Star events? How will the Twins and the city of Minneapolis benefit from hosting All-Star week at Target Field? Glen Perkins and Kurt Suzuki will be in the game, but several others with Twins ties will be involved, too. What upgrades have the Twins made to Target Field to make the All-Star Game as good as it can be? -- How were season ticket sales affected by the All-Star Game, and how will that change once the game is a thing of the past? What is St. Peter most looking forward to? (AllStarGame.com.) -- Also, from Mason's Barre in downtown Minneapolis, Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore have a couple Shock Tops and chat about their expectations for the All-Star Game. What do you want to see in this year’s game and surrounding events (read: party)? Does Justin Morneau stand a chance to make it in the Final Vote? #VoteMorneau. Did Brian Dozier get robbed? How cool is it that Pat Neshek made it? Special thanks to Mason's Barre and Shock Top.
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DENVER -- Brian Dozier cranked up for the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game with two homers and the Minnesota Twins beat the Colorado Rockies 13-5 on Sunday.

Dozier hit a solo homer in the eighth and added a three-run shot an inning later for his first career multihomer game. The second baseman will be one of the participants for Monday's Home Run Derby at his home ballpark, Target Field.

Late fill-in Chris Parmelee ignited a five-run first inning for the Twins with a two-run single. He replaced outfielder Oswaldo Arcia, who was scratched with the flu.

Phil Hughes (10-5) picked up his 10th win despite allowing five runs and 10 hits in five innings. It was his first appearance at Coors Field.

Brett Anderson (0-3) was rusty in his first outing since April as he allowed six runs -- five earned -- in five innings.

The lefty has been sidelined since breaking his left index finger on April 12 while batting.

Anderson did have a productive day at the plate, putting down a sacrifice bunt that brought in a run.

Minnesota finished a seven-game road swing with a 5-2 record and head into the break trailing the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers by 10 1/2 games.

Hughes was able to stave off the Rockies after being staked to an early lead. Colorado trimmed the deficit to 6-5 in Hughes' last inning, when former Twin Justin Morneau scored on Corey Dickerson's groundout.

Sam Fuld provided some breathing room in the seventh when he brought home a run with a sacrifice fly. Parmelee then added another run when he ran home on a passed ball.

Dozier increased the lead in the eighth with his homer that was just inside the foul pole in left. He then hit another an inning later, giving the Twins a season-high 18 hits.

Nolan Arenado and Morneau each had three hits for the Rockies, who head into the break 13 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

Minnesota pounced on Anderson early by scoring five runs in the first, all with two outs and after the Twins appeared to run themselves right out of a big inning. They had runners on the corners when Kendrys Morales hit a sharp grounder that Arenado fielded and went to second for a force. Dozier broke for home on the play only to be tagged out.

Parmelee soon followed with a two-run single and Eduardo Escobar brought in two more with a double. Fuld also added an RBI single as the Twins had a season-high seven hits in the inning.

Colorado got two back in the bottom of the first when Morneau delivered an RBI single Arenado followed with a double that scored Morneau.

It took both Hughes and Anderson 29 pitches to get out of the first inning.

Game notes

--Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said INF Danny Santana (left knee) should be ready to return soon after the All-Star break.

--Gardenhire will use right-handers Kyle Gibson, Kevin Correia and Hughes in a three-game series against Tampa Bay beginning Friday.

© The Associated Press
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