DENVER — Trevor Story hit two home runs to set an NL rookie record for shortstops and the Colorado Rockies beat the Atlanta Braves 8-4 on Saturday night.
Story had four hits including his 25th and 26th homers to pass his mentor, Troy Tulowitzki, who had 24 for the Rockies in 2007. Nomar Garciaparra of the Boston Red Sox set the major league record for shortstops with 30 in 1997.
Story, who set career highs in both hits and in RBIs with five, is two behind Wilin Rosario for the franchise mark for homers by a rookie.
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.
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 and first since July 7.
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 underwent a strength test Saturday and checked out fine after leaving Friday’s game with tightness in his right lat. Interim manager Brian 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.
THREE FOR THREE
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.