"I feel like I'm taking good at-bats," Story said. "I'm just seeing the ball well. That's what it's all about for me. I think the results will come. I felt good up there, and that's all I'm really looking for."
It was Story's 53rd career home run since he debuted on Opening Day in 2016, when he became the first player in Major League history to hit six home runs in his team's first four games. Story's homers are the most by a Major League shortstop through their first 251 games. Nomar Garciaparra is second on the list with 47 in that span, followed by Alex Rodriguez (46), Hall of Famer Ernie Banks (44) and the Astros' Carlos Correa (42).
Story later showed his value on both sides of the diamond, making a run-saving catch in the top of the 10th inning with the score tied at 2. With Ozzie Albies on third and two out, Nick Markakis drilled a liner toward left. Story leapt, and with his arm fully outstretched, caught the liner to end the inning.
"It was a very intense part of the game for sure," said Story, noting that Albies had robbed DJ LeMahieu of a walk-off hit in the ninth. "Great play by Ozzie. He laid out and made a great play. We thought we had it right there. I kind of returned the favor a little bit."
Story came to the plate in the bottom of the 10th after the Braves intentionally walked lefty Gerardo Parra with right-hander Arodys Vizcaino on the mound. Story walked to load the bases, and Tony Wolters drew a four-pitch walk to win it.
"Facing Vizcaino is tough," Story said. "He throws really hard and he's got really good breaking stuff, too. You just have to get something you can handle. I felt like I got one pitch to do it and I fouled it off, and I just tried to be patient after that."
Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver.