Boy, it’s nice to have Royce Lewis back.

Lewis homered in the eighth inning to break the game open, and Chris Paddack bounced back from a rough outing with a sharp performance to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 5-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. It’s Lewis’ first home game of the season and he was ready to enjoy it.

“Man, it was just fantastic, man,” Lewis said after the game. “It was the last time I played in front of these fans at home, Target Field in the playoffs. Man, I loved it. I loved every moment of it. I was smiling, I just felt comfortable and I felt like that I was home. So that means the most to me, just being home.”

Lewis, who was injured in the season opener and missed two months with a major right quad injury, has homered four times in seven games. Lewis took Rockies reliever Nick Mears deep to left for a 435-foot, two-run explosion to cap a three-run eighth inning.

“It’s impressive, but nothing that would shock you at this point. He is a very dangerous hitter,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “You feel like with every swing something good can happen for your team.”

Christian Vásquez, Carlos Correa and Trevor Larnach each added a point for the Twins, who have won two in a row after losing five straight games.

Paddack (5-3) allowed six hits and struck out six in 6 1/3 innings.

“It probably gives him a springboard, it gives him good confidence for the rest of the game, even if a few base runners get going,” Baldelli said of Paddack getting through the first innings.


Colorado Rockies (23-43, fifth in NL West) vs. Minnesota Twins (35-31, third in the AL Central)

Minneapolis; Tuesday, 6:40 PM Pregame 6:00 PM on WCCO Radio and the Audacy App.

PITCH OPPORTUNITIES: Rockies: Cal Quantrill (5-4, 3.58 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 51 strikeouts); Twins: Louie Varland (0-4, 9.18 ERA, 2.16 WHIP, 18 strikeouts)

BETMGM SPORTS BOOK: LINE Twins -200, Rockies +168; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

In short: The Minnesota Twins are playing the Colorado Rockies with a 1-0 series lead.

Minnesota has a 17-13 record in home games and a 35-31 record overall. The Twins are 18-28 in games when they have given up at least one home run.

Colorado has a 10-26 road record and a 23-43 record overall. The Rockies have an 11-31 record in games when they have given up a home run.

Tuesday’s game will be the second time these teams have faced each other this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Ryan Jeffers has 15 doubles and 12 home runs for the Twins. Carlos Correa is 12-for-39 with two doubles, a triple and a homerun over the last 10 games.

Elias Diaz has a .303 batting average to lead the Rockies, and has 12 doubles and five home runs. Charlie Blackmon is 13-for-40 with an RBI over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Twins: 4-6, .215 batting average, 4.45 ERA, outscored by four runs

Rockies: 2-8, .230 batting average, 6.04 ERA, outscored by 35 runs

INJURIES: Twins: Justin Topa: 60-day IL (knee), Brock Stewart: 15-day IL (shoulder), Daniel Duarte: 60-day IL (triceps), Zack Weiss: 60-day IL (shoulder), Anthony DeSclafani: 60-day IL ( elbow)

Rockies: Elias Diaz: daily (hamstring), Brendan Rodgers: 10 days IL (hamstring), Sean Bouchard: 10 days IL (ankle), Kris Bryant: 10 days IL (rib), Justin Lawrence: 15 days IL (arm), Jordan Beck: 10 days IL (wrist), Kyle Freeland: 60 days IL (elbow), Jake Bird: 15 days IL (elbow), Lucas Gilbreath: 60 days IL (elbow), Nolan Jones: 10 days IL (back) , Daniel Bard: 60 days IL (knee), German Marquez: 60 days IL (elbow), Antonio Senzatela: 60 days IL (elbow)