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Trevor Larnach hit a grand slam, Edouard Julien homered among his three hits, and the visiting Minnesota Twins beat the Colorado Rockies 14-6 in Denver on Saturday night.
Matt Wallner homered and doubled, Max Kepler also went deep and Christian Vazquez had two hits for Minnesota (87-74). Chris Paddack (1-0) pitched three innings for his first win since May 2, 2022.
Brenton Doyle and Sean Bouchard homered and had two hits each, Elehuris Montero also homered, and Nolan Jones and Alan Trejo had two hits each for Colorado (58-103).
Donovan Solano led off the second with a single off Karl Kauffmann and scored on Wallner's double to left. One out later Vazquez singled up the middle to make it 2-0.
Minnesota blew it open in the third inning. Alex Kirilloff hit a ground-rule double, Kauffmann hit Solano and walked Wallner to load the bases. Larnach followed with his first career grand slam to make it 6-0.
It was his eighth home run of the season and second in as many nights.
The Twins extended their lead in the sixth inning. With one out Vazquez singled and Michael A. Taylor walked, ending Kauffmann's night. Julien greeted Tommy Doyle with a run-scoring double and Taylor scored on a wild pitch.
Willi Castro walked to put runners on the corners, Doyle struck out Kirilloff for the second out and Kepler homered to left field to make it 11-0. It was his 24th of the season.
Kauffmann (2-5) allowed eight runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Minnesota added on in the seventh. Wallner led off with a homer, his 14th, Taylor walked and Julien hit his 16th homer to center field.
Colorado broke the shutout when Montero and Bouchard homered on consecutive pitches in the seventh. It was Montero's 11th of the season and Bouchard's third. Trejo was hit by a pitch and Doyle homered to left, his 10th.
The Rockies loaded the bases in the eighth. Montero scored on Doyle's single and Bouchard came home on a wild pitch.
--Field Level Media