MINNEAPOLIS — – Royce 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.

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.

Christian Vásquez, Carlos Correa and Trevor Larnach each scored 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. He got out of trouble in the first inning when Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon singled to open the game and ended up on third base. But the Twins righthander struck out Ryan McMahon, leaving Blackmon in third place.

Rockies right-hander Dakota Hudson (2-8) took the loss despite allowing just four hits in 6 2/3 innings. One of the two runs he allowed was unearned.

Manny Margot scored the first run of the game after doubled to the right corner and advanced to third base on an error by right fielder Hunter Goodman. Margot scored one batter later on a sacrifice fly by Vázquez.

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The Twins scored another run in the fourth. Lewis reached first base on a force out, advanced to second base on a groundout by Max Kepler and scored on Correa’s two-out double.

On Tuesday, after recalling RHP Cal Quantrill (5-4, 3.58 ERA) from Triple-A St. Paul, the Twins will face the Rockies’ Cal Quantrill (5-4, 3.58 ERA) in the second game of the series . Our first pitch is at 6:40 PM ESPN 102.3/AM 1000 KSOO.

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