Lohse has emerged as Minnesota’s most reliable starter this season. The 24-year-old righty has limited opponents to a .208 batting average, and is 3-1 with a 2.01 ERA over his last seven starts.
“Not too many people know about him,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “You’re going to hear about him. He’s been our most consistent pitcher. He hasn’t had too many bad outings.”
Despite his overall success, Lohse is only 1-2 with a 4.22 ERA in five starts in the Metrodome.
Lohse’s teammates had their own struggles at home on Tuesday.
The Twins fell to 15-15 at home—by far the worst home record among the majors’ six division leaders.
“We come home hoping to get on a roll and basically get it stuck up our butts,” said Gardenhire. “We didn’t take enough pitches, we didn’t get on base enough.
“Hopefully we’ll be a little smarter tomorrow and have a little better plan.”
Vaughn also doubled and went 2-for-4 for the Rockies, who began a six-game trip by taking their first-ever matchup with the Twins.
“It’s good to get off to a good start on the road—a lot better than the alternative,” said Wilson.
The Rockies improved the majors’ worst road record to 8-22.
STANDINGS: Rockies - 3rd place, 7 GB, NL West. Twins - 1st place, AL Central.
ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Aaron Cook (2-5, 5.29 ERA). Cook is 0-5 with a 4.86 ERA in seven starts away from Coors Field. He lost his last time out, allowing four runs and walking six over six innings as the Rockies suffered a 4-0 loss to San Francisco on June 1. Cook has held the opposition to three runs or fewer in five of his last six starts. Opponents are batting .298 against Cook.
TWINS PROBABLE STARTER: Lohse (5-4, 3.01 ERA). Lohse shut down San Francisco for eight innings Thursday, holding the Giants to two runs and seven hits in Minnesota’s 5-2 victory.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rockies - Todd Helton, .319 avg. and 53 runs; Wilson, 15 HRs and 57 RBIs; Wilson and Larry Walker, 5 SBs. Twins - Jacques Jones, .309 avg. and 37 runs; Torii Hunter, 9 HRs and 37 RBIs; Jones and Corey Koskie, 6 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Rockies - 5-2; Twins - 4-3.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Rockies - SS Jose Hernandez leads the majors with 86 strikeouts. … OF Wilson leads the NL with 57 RBIs. … OF Vaughn, who hit his first home run as a Rockie on Tuesday, was signed to a minor league contract with in April after being released by Tampa Bay. Twins - DH Justin Morneau had two of Minnesota’s three hits in his major league debut Tuesday. He was called up on Monday after hitting 13 homers in 37 games at Triple-A Rochester. … The Twins’ 33 errors are the second fewest in the AL behind Seattle’s 25. … RHP Lohse’s 3.01 ERA ranks fourth in the AL.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rockies - 8-22 on the road; Twins - 15-15 at home.
INJURIES: Rockies - 2B Ronnie Belliard (ankle), 15-day DL; LHP Denny Neagle (back), 15-day DL; RHP Denny Stark (side), 60-day DL; OF Chris Richard (shoulder), 60-day DL. Twins - INF Chris Gomez (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Rick Reed (back), 15-day DL; RHP Mike Fetters (hamstring), 60-day DL; LHP Eric Milton (knee), 60-day DL.