DENVER -- Trevor Story put himself into the record books, then lifted the Rockies to their third straight victory over the Braves, 8-4, on Saturday night at Coors Field. Story homered twice and had career highs with four hits and five RBIs.The Rockies -- who will try to sweep the
DENVER -- Trevor Story put himself into the record books, then lifted the Rockies to their third straight victory over the Braves, 8-4, on Saturday night at Coors Field. Story homered twice and had career highs with four hits and five RBIs.
The Rockies -- who will try to sweep the series Sunday afternoon -- improved to 6-3 since the All-Star break and are .500 (24-24) at home for the first time since June 27. Story is too wrapped up in the performance of his club, which is 46-51 but harboring dreams of pushing into the National League Wild Card race, to think much about history.
"After the season, I can look back and enjoy, but right now, I'm in a grind mode -- head down, working," Story said.
Story's two-run, second-inning shot off Braves starter Matt Wisler (4-10) gave him the NL record for home runs by a rookie shortstop, and he hit his 26th homer on a leadoff shot in the eighth off Jim Johnson. Story has eight homers in the last 13 games and three in two nights against the Braves. Story's two-run single highlighted a five-run sixth inning that also included Carlos González's RBI double and Tony Wolters' two-run single.
Wisler had an RBI single in the second and Adonis García added an RBI single in the third. But Rockies starter Tyler Anderson (3-3) held the Braves to three runs and eight hits in six innings for his second straight win.
"It just seems like every sixth inning in this series, it got away from us for some reason," said Braves manager Brian Snitker, whose team has been outscored 12-0 in the sixth inning through three games this series.
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Sifting through on a strange night: Anderson was up, 2-1, after two innings when a 47-minute rain delay hit. Two batters after the game resumed he gave up Freddie Freeman's one-out triple, and two batters later, Garcia scored Freeman on a single. But Anderson fanned Jeff Francoeur and induced an Ender Inciarte pop foul to limit that threat, then weaved his way through six. More >
"The fact that he gave us six, going back out for the sixth, that's where there was some debate because of the delay," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "We checked in with him, and he was adamant about how good he felt. I thought that Tyler actually got better as the game went on."
Sudden implosion: Wisler retired 15 of the 18 batters he faced through the first five innings, and Story had accounted for the only two hits recorded. But the Braves right-hander retired just one of the five batters he faced in the sixth and was charged with six earned runs over 5 1/3 innings. DJ LeMahieu's one-out walk fueled the sixth-inning uprising against Wisler, who has allowed at least five earned runs in five of his past nine starts, including each of the past three. More >
"It's frustrating when you feel that good," Wisler said. "I had the couple innings [after the delay] where I kind of settled down and got quick outs. Then to go out there in the sixth inning and have all that happen, that's disappointing to myself. I've got to find ways to get through that."
Uplifting Story: Story surpassed the former Rockie Troy Tulowitzki 's 2007 NL rookie shortstop record. It was the fourth multi-homer game for Story, who made his debut on Opening Night. More >
Braves' bullpen struggles: Wisler exited with one on, one out and the Rockies leading 4-3 with one out in the sixth. Ian Krol then issued two consecutive walks before surrendering Wolters' two-run single. Story's eighth-inning homer off Johnson added to the recent woes of Atlanta's bullpen, which has allowed eight earned runs over nine innings through the first three games of this series.
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• Story became the first rookie since the Royals' Bo Jackson on April 14, 1987, to go 4-for-4 with two home runs, a stolen base and at least five RBIs in the same game. Jackson drove in seven runs against the Tigers in that one.
• The Braves have lost nine straight games at Coors Field, and they have gone 5-29 on the road against NL West opponents since last winning in Denver on June 10, 2014.
Braves:Tyrell Jenkins will make his third career start when the four-game series concludes Sunday at 4:10 p.m. ET. Jenkins was placed in Atlanta's rotation after the All-Star break. He allowed two earned runs over six innings in Cincinnati on Tuesday.
Rockies:Tyler Chatwood (8-6, 3.83 ERA) has struggled in three starts since returning from a DL stint for a back injury -- 12 earned runs, 19 hits and nine walks in 13 innings. Chatwood hopes to find his groove against the Braves on Sunday at 2:10 p.m. MT.
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