Story time: Rookie ties record with 10 April HRs

Rockies shortstop goes deep against D-backs

April 30th, 2016

PHOENIX -- Trevor Story has powered his way into the record books.

On Friday, Story hit a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning, his 10th of the season, to give the Rockies a 4-0 lead. The homer tied the MLB rookie record for home runs in April set by White Sox slugger Jose Abreu in 2014.

The Rockies went on to beat the D-backs, 9-0.

Story's homer came in his 21st game, tying him George Scott (1966) as the fastest player in MLB history to 10 home runs.

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"Maybe when it's all said and done it will be something cool to look back on, but right now, I'm just worried about winning games," Story said. "That's it."

It's been quite a month for the Colorado shortstop.

Story is the first player in history to hit seven home runs in his first six Major League games, and he's also the first player ever to hit seven home runs in his team's first six games of the season. His home runs in four consecutive games to start the season tied the longest streak in Major League history.

What's more, he is the first player since 1900 whose first four hits in the big leagues were home runs.

"I know he has broken a lot of records in the first month," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "What a start to a career the kid has had. That's as good as it gets."

Five of Story's home runs have come at Chase Field, tying him for the single-season Rockies' rookie record for home runs against the D-backs. He has hit four home runs at Coors Field and one in Cincinnati this season.

"I feel good here," said Story, a Texas native. "I feel like it's always good weather here. We play Spring Training here so it's a familiar place. I grew up playing in the heat so I guess you can say I'm comfortable here."

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado followed Story with a solo home run, his 10th of the season, to extend Colorado's lead to 5-0.

Left fielder Ryan Raburn hit a solo home run for the Rockies' first run of the game in the fourth inning. One out later, catcher Nick Hundley hit a solo home run, his second home run of the season, to push Colorado ahead, 2-0.

"[Story's] a great player," Raburn said. "He's got a lot of tools and he's pretty even-keeled. He's got a good head on him and he's worked his tail off. That's all you can ask for in a player. Right now, he's getting pitches he can hit and he's not missing them. Hopefully, it can continue because he's a big force in this lineup and we need him."

The Rockies have hit 14 home runs in four games against the D-backs this season.

"This place has been tough on us the last few years, especially last year," Weiss said. "It's good to see us swinging the bats and winning games, especially on the road. We've had some demons in the past so good things are happening."