When Royce Lewis feels healthy, baseballs tend to feel sore. The talented 25-year-old Minnesota Twins homered last week in his return to the lineup after missing more than two months due to a strained quadriceps. He homered again when the team returned home on Monday for the first time since his activation. Tuesday night, Lewis will look to do more of the same as Minnesota looks for back-to-back wins over the Colorado Rockies to start a three-game series. The Twins put away the series opener 5-0 thanks to three runs in the eighth inning. Two came on Lewis’s 450-foot shot, two runs to left center field. It was his fourth home run in just seven games this season. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli praised Lewis for returning with such a hot bat. “It’s impressive,” Baldelli said. “But (it’s) nothing that would shock you at this point. He’s a very dangerous hitter. He makes a lot of swings, they’re on a very good plane and the bat moves very quickly. His hands move quickly. You feel it like with every swing something good can happen for your team.” Colorado, meanwhile, is hoping everyone in the lineup will find a spark. The Rockies had six hits in the series opener, but were eliminated for the eighth time this season. They have lost two games in a row and eight of ten. Rockies manager Bud Black gave a succinct explanation Monday for his hitters’ struggles against Twins righthander Chris Paddack. “We couldn’t get to the high fastball, and we couldn’t get to the low secondary pitches,” Black said. The Twins plan to call up right-hander Louie Varland (0-4, 9.18 ERA) to start the second game of the series. Varland struggled in four starts before being demoted to Triple-A St. Paul, and he will make the short trek to the neighboring city across the Mississippi River to return to the majors. The 26-year-old Varland has never faced the Rockies. He is 1-2 with a 6.04 ERA in five games (four starts) against interleague opponents. The Rockies will counter with right-hander Cal Quantrill (5-4, 3.58), who is set to make his 14th start. He leads the team in wins and innings pitched this season (73) and ranks second with 51 strikeouts. Quantrill defeated the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday in his most recent start. He pitched five scoreless innings. In his career, Quantrill is 5-0 with a 3.23 ERA in 11 games (eight starts) against Minnesota. He has walked 13 and struck out 38 in 53 innings. Quantrill may be without Rockies catcher Elias Diaz, who left Monday’s game due to a calf injury. Black described Diaz’s status as an everyday issue and said it was not a new problem. “(Diaz) has been feeling it for a few weeks and he’s been making it happen, but today he got that particular ground ball out of the box,” Black said. “We’ll see in a few days. (Head coach) Keith (Dugger) wants to deal with it for a day or two and see where we are. It’s a blow.” –Field-level media