Chris Paddack pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings to lead the Twins to a 5-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies in their series opener Monday night at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Paddack held the Rockies (23-43) to six hits – all singles – while fanning six in the victory.

The Twins (35-31), meanwhile, did just enough on offense to let Paddack leave with a lead and then scored three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth to put the game away.

The Twins took a 1-0 lead during the third inning when Christian Vazquez scored Manny Margot, who doubled the previous at bat and took third on an error, with a sacrifice fly to right field.

They doubled their lead during the fourth inning when Carlos Correa hit a two-out double to right, scoring Royce Lewis, who had reached on a fielder’s choice.

With Paddack on the mound, the Twins didn’t need much more than that. Paddack threw 93 pitches, including 61 for strikes, and lowered his earned run average to 4.76 on the season.

The Twins scored some insurance runs in the eighth inning when Trevor Larnach scored Vazquez, who led off the inning with a double and advanced to third base on a single by Willi Castro, with a sacrifice fly to center field. Vazquez went 1 for 2 with an RBI that night and the run scored.

Then Lewis followed with a two-run homer that went 400 feet into left center field for a 5-0 lead.

Paddack’s strong effort helped offset a solid night of form from Rockies starter Dakota Hudson, who allowed just two runs on four hits while fanning one over 6 2/3 innings in the loss.

Steven Okert replaced Paddack in the seventh inning and threw 2/3 hitless innings, Griffin Jax pitched a hitless eighth inning while fanning all three and Diego Castillo pitched a hitless ninth inning to put an exclamation point on the win, the second consecutive row of the Twins.

The Twins have not yet announced their starter for the second of their three-game series against the Rockies on Tuesday. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m