German Marquez, Daniel Bard mix to close out Twins, 1-0
MINNEAPOLIS — In the staff’s grittiest pitching performances of the season, Rockies starter German Marquez and nearer Daniel Bard mixed to close out the Twins, 1-0, right here Friday evening at Target Field.
The victory, which took a mere 2 hours and 17 minutes to finish, snapped the Rockies’ three-game shedding streak.
It wasn’t the prettiest of gems — extra like a rhinestone than a diamond — however Marquez pitched a gutsy 7 2/3 innings earlier than giving technique to Bard, who retired 4 Twins in a row to earn his fifteenth save.
Marquez allowed solely three hits, and just one was hit with quite a lot of authority. He struck out solely two however walked 5, together with leadoff walks within the first, third, sixth and eighth innings. Marquez carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning earlier than Max Kepler led off with a single. Kepler was rapidly erased on a double play.
Ryan Jeffers painted the left-field line with a two-out double within the fifth, however Marquez calmly acquired Gilberto Celestino to floor out to second. Marquez recorded 12 outs through groundballs.
The Rockies scraped collectively their solely run of the sport off of right-hander Dylan Bundy within the sixth inning. Connor Joe drilled a one-out single to proper and raced to 3rd on Yonathan Daza’s bloop single to middle. Joe scored on Charlie Blackmon’s groundout to quick to present the Rockies a 1-0 lead.
Bundy restricted the Rockies to 4 hits over his six innings, placing out two and strolling two. In six house begins this season, he’s 2-0 with a 2.10 ERA.
Colorado had an opportunity to blow the sport open within the eighth. Elias Diaz drew a leadoff stroll and Joe rapped his second hit of the evening. Jonathan Daza grounded right into a double play — the Rockies’ third of the evening — however Diaz superior to 3rd. Up got here Charlie Blackmon, who scorched a sinking liner to proper area solely to see Kepler make an excellent diving catch to finish the inning.