Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Padres 13, Rockies 6

DENVER — Trevor Story became the first major-leaguer to homer in each of his first four games, connecting twice for the Rockies in a 13-6 loss to the Padres on Friday.

Story has six home runs since making his debut on opening day. He got three hits and drove in four runs while playing for the first time at Coors Field.

"That's pretty crazy," said Story, who added that he just clears his mind at the plate, "competes with my eyes" and reacts to the pitch. "I've said it before, I'm not trying to hit home runs, sometimes it kind of happens.''

Matt Kemp and Melvin Upton homered as the Padres broke loose after they were the first team in big-league history to be shut out in its first three games. They were outscored 25-0 while getting swept by the Dodgers.

"We've just been trying to keep it loose," said Upton, formerly known as B.J. "We kept it loose all of (Thursday) on the plane. Kept it loose before the game. … Guys were themselves today, and it showed."

San Diego stranded the bases full in the second and third, stretching its major-league record scoreless streak to start the season to 30 innings before scoring six in the fourth.

Story got three hits, and is hitting .368 with 11 RBIs.

The rookie shortstop connected for a two-run drive in the fourth, chasing starter Colin Rea. He tied the major-league record by homering in the first four games of a season, joining Chris Davis (2013), Nelson Cruz (2011), Mark McGwire (1998) and Willie Mays (1971).

"It's legendary what he's doing," Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez said. "He's fearless. He's playing like a Hall of Famer."

After hitting four homers in Arizona, Story came out swinging at Coors, where the Rockies raised the height of the fences over the winter. He had an RBI single in the second. His 411-foot drive down the leftfield line in the fourth was a no-doubter. He surpassed Charles Johnson's 2004 franchise mark of three consecutive games with a home run to start the season.

Story led off the ninth with his sixth homer, deep into the mostly empty leftfield bleachers off a full-count pitch from lefty Ryan Buchter. Six of his seven hits are home runs. Story hit 70 homers in five minor league seasons and won a roster spot this spring when Jose Reyes was suspended under baseball's domestic violence policy.

Left-hander Robbie Erlin got the win with 32/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit.

Jon Jay hit an RBI single for the Padres' first run. They scored against Jordan Lyles, making his first start since May 31, 2015.

Lyles, who missed the last half of last season after undergoing surgery on his left big toe, was tagged for five runs and seven hits in 31/3 innings.

Justin Miller surrendered Kemp's three-run homer in the fifth and Upton's two-run shot in the sixth.

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