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Updated: July 11th, 2014 11:55pm
Rockies use the long ball to beat Kris Johnson and the Twins

Rockies use the long ball to beat Kris Johnson and the Twins

by The Associated Press
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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 -- Jorge De La Rosa pitched six strong innings, Troy Tulowitzki and Drew Stubbs each hit two-run homers, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2 on Friday night in the teams' first interleague meeting at Coors Field in six years.

De La Rosa (10-6) allowed one run and six hits in winning his fourth straight and reaching double-digit wins in a season for the fourth time in his career. He benefited from a power surge that has seen Tulowitzki hit three homers and Stubbs two in their last two games.

The Rockies also benefited from the return of star outfielder 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 third-inning 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.

Brandon Barnes added a pinch-hit home run off reliever Matt Guerrier in the seventh inning.

Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau, who played in Minnesota for 11 years and ranks third in team history with 221 homers, went hitless in four at-bats in his first game against his former team. He'll return to Minnesota next week for All-Star game festivities as a member of the NL home run derby team.

Kris Johnson (0-1), recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Thursday to start in place of injured Ricky Nolasco (right elbow soreness), gave up five runs on eight hits in four innings.

He trailed 2-0 before recording an out. Charlie Blackmon led off the bottom of the first with a single and Stubbs followed by driving a 1-1 pitch into the center-field bleachers for his 10th homer of the season.

Nolan Arenado tripled to start the second and scored when Wilin Rosario followed with a single.

Gonzalez singled to start the fourth before Tulowitzki connected for his 21st homer of the season, tying Miami's Giancarlo Stanton for the NL lead. It's also the most home runs Tulowitzki has had in his career before the All-Star break.

The Twins got a run in the second on Eduardo Nunez's run-scoring groundout and a second on his eighth-inning fielder's choice grounder.

Game notes

--Stubbs reached double digits in home runs for the third straight year and fifth time in his career. He has hit six of his homers in his last 10 games.

--The Twins traveled to Coors Field for the second time in team history and the first since May 2008, when the team went 1-2 on its inaugural trip to Colorado.

--Johnson was making his second start of the season for the Twins and the sixth of his major league career.

--Barnes has two of the Rockies' four pinch home runs this season.

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