Colorado Rockies' Trevor Story watches his two-run home run off Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Dario Alvarez in the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 22, 2016 in Denver. The Rockies won 4-3. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
David Zalubowski
July 24, 2016

DENVER (AP) Trevor Story looked up to Troy Tulowitzki as he climbed through the Colorado Rockies' minor leagues. Now he's looking down at his mentor after another big night at the plate.

Story hit two home runs to set an NL rookie record for shortstops and the Rockies beat the Atlanta Braves 8-4 on Saturday night.

Story had four hits including his 25th and 26th homers to pass his Tulowitzki, who had 24 for the Rockies in 2007.

''It seems like he breaks another record every week or two,'' Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. ''He's having a dream season.''

Story has said his success is due in part to Tulowitzki, the former fan favorite in Colorado who took Story under his wing after he was drafted in 2011. He tutored him in spring training and even worked with him in the offseason.

''He helped me out a lot, so to break his record was pretty cool,'' Story said. ''Any time you get to do something like that it was pretty special.''

Next up for Story is Nomar Garciaparra, who set the major league record for shortstops with 30 for the Boston Red Sox in 1997.

Tyler Anderson (3-3) worked around a 47-minute rain delay to finish with six strikeouts in six innings as the Rockies beat the Braves for the ninth straight time.

He was adamant about pitching the sixth and came through with a clean inning before turning it over to the bullpen.

Story started his night with a two-run homer in the second off Matt Wisler (4-10) to gave Colorado a 2-1 lead. He drove in two more with a single in Colorado's five-run sixth and then led off the eighth with a deep shot off reliever Jim Johnson that gave the Rockies a four-run lead.

It was his fourth multihomer game of the season. He also became the first rookie to go 4 for 4 with two homers, five RBIs and a stolen base since Bo Jackson of Kansas City did it in 1987.

''That kid's the real deal,'' Atlanta interim manager Brian Snitker said.

Anderson realized that as he moved through the Colorado system with Story.

''I played with him at every level and you could see him getting better and better and better,'' Anderson said. ''When we saw him last year in Albuquerque, we thought, `This guy's a stud.'''

A strong weather cell moved through the area and brought the tarp out after the second inning. Anderson gave up a one-out triple to Freddie Freeman in the third, and he scored on Adonis Garcia's single to give the Braves a 3-2 lead.

Wisler, who allowed six runs on six hits, got the Braves on the board first with an RBI single in the second.


Braves: RHP Julio Teheran, who left Friday's game with tightness in his right lat, underwent a strength test Saturday and checked out fine. Snitker said Teheran could be available for his next scheduled start. ''We'll just wait and see,'' Snitker said. ''I'm optimistic, but if he can't, with this off day on Monday, we might be able to get an extra day, too.''

Rockies: RHP Chad Qualls was placed on the 15-day DL - retroactive to July 16 - with colitis and RHP Scott Oberg was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque. Qualls is 2-0 with a 5.61 ERA in 36 games this season. Oberg tossed a perfect seventh in Saturday's win.


Story is now second in franchise history for homers by a rookie. He passed Todd Helton, who had 25 in 1998, and is two behind Wilin Rosario's 28, reached in 2012.


Freeman tripled for the second straight night and now has six this season. That is the most by a Braves first baseman since they moved to Atlanta in 1966.


The Braves will send RHP Tyrell Jenkins (0-1, 4.05) against Colorado LHP Tyler Chatwood (8-6, 3.83) in the four-game series finale Sunday. Jenkins is making his third career start, and Chatwood will try to reverse his struggles at Coors Field, where he is 3-6 with a 6.26 ERA in nine starts.

You May Like