Story ties rookie mark with 10th HR in April; Rockies roll over D-backs 9-0
PHOENIX — Trevor Story tied a rookie record with his 10th homer of April, a two-run shot, and the Colorado Rockies hit four home runs in a 9-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.
Story, the Rockies’ shortstop, tied Jose Abreu of the White Sox, who hit 10 in April 2014. Story and teammate Nolan Arenado, who also homered, are tied for the major league lead in home runs.
With his 10th home run in his 21st games, Story tied George Scott in 1966 as the fastest player in MLB history to 10 homers. He took Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray (1-1) deep in the fifth inning.
Arenado, Ryan Raburn and Nick Hundley hit solo home runs, Arenado’s blast immediately following Story’s in the fifth to knock Ray out of the game.
Hundley added a two-run double in the eighth after Gerardo Parra’s RBI double in the opener of a three-game series.
Winner Tyler Chatwood (3-2) held the Diamondbacks scoreless on five hits for 6 1/3 innings with four strikeouts and three walks.
The Rockies (10-12) won for the third time in four meetings against Arizona in Phoenix, and have hit 14 home runs in those four games at Chase Field this season. Story hit four in the season-opening series.
Ray had not given up a home run in his previous four starts.
The Rockies also overtook the Diamondbacks (12-13) for most home runs in the majors with 37 to Arizona’s 36.
Raburn led off the top of the fourth with a line drive into the left-field seats. One out later, Hundley also homered to left.
The Rockies took control in the fifth when Charlie Blackmon led off with a single. Story and Arenado followed with their home runs, and Ray’s night ended after giving up five runs and seven hits. He struck out five and walked two.
DIAMONDBACKS CLAIM ESCOBAR
The Diamondbacks claimed LHP Edwin Escobar off waivers from the Boston Red Sox on Friday, and sent Escobar to Triple-A Reno. Pitcher Matt Buschmann was designated for assignment. Escobar, 24, was a top prospect for the San Francisco Giants before being traded to Boston in 2014. Buschmann made three appearances for the Diamondbacks this season.
Rockies: Blackmon (turf toe) was activated from the 15-day disabled list and started in center field as the leadoff hitter. The Rockies optioned OF Brandon Barnes to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for Blackmon. “Unfortunately, it’s a numbers crunch at this point in the construction of our roster, but he’ll be back,” manager Walt Weiss said of Barnes. . P Jason Motte (sore shoulder) threw a bullpen session Friday and is “moving full steam ahead,” Weiss said. ... Hundley got some eye drops administered during the fourth inning, coming out from behind the plate and jogging over to the dugout for help from a trainer. ... Raburn fouled a pitch thrown high and tight off the bottom of the bat near his hands, and was checked by a trainer when he shook his hands in pain afterward. He was later hit by a pitch.
Diamondbacks: Pitcher Josh Collmenter, on the 15-day disabled list, will pitch three innings at Single-A Visalia on Monday as he comes back from right shoulder inflammation.
Rockies: LHP Chris Rusin makes his first start of the season. He’s appeared four times in relief and has a scoreless streak of 9 2/3 innings. He’s 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in three starts against Arizona, all at Chase Field.
Diamondbacks: Ace Zack Greinke (2-2, 6.16 ERA) makes his sixth start of the season. He faced the Rockies on opening day and was tagged for seven runs on nine hits in four innings. He also gave up seven runs in his most recent outing, Monday against the Cardinals, but got the win.