On a picture-perfect Colorado day, a promising start turned into a familiar nightmare for the Rockies, as they lost their first game of the season at Coors Field, 13-6, to the Padres. Trevor Story, however, would not be denied.
Story continued the historic start to his career with two more home runs, becoming the first player in major league history with six home runs in his team's first four games of the season.
Story's first long ball came in the bottom of the fourth, a two-run shot off of Padres starter Colin Rea that cut the San Diego lead to 6-5. His second came in the ninth against reliever Ryan Butcher and was the final run of the contest.
After being denied on a long fly ball in the first inning, Story flared a single into right field for the first hit of his career that didn't involve him touching home plate. The hit plated Nick Hundley for the Rockies' first run of the day. The next batter was Carlos Gonzalez, who hit a double to left field that scored DJ LeMahieu and gave the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
The lead didn't last long. Jordan Lyles danced with danger in the first three innings with no harm done before imploding in the fourth, allowing the Padres to score their first runs of the season after a 30-inning scoreless streak. Lyles continually got ahead in counts only to nibble around the plate, which eventually resulted in bad pitches in 3-2 or 2-2 counts where he was just trying to find the zone.
Lyles allowed four runs and recorded just one out before he was replaced by Chris Rusin, who gave up a two-run double to Yangervis Solarate. When the inning was finally over, the Padres led 6-2.
The Rockies drew within one in the bottom half of the fourth as Charlie Blackmon singled home LeMahieu and Story hit the first pitch he saw deep into the tunnel in left field for a two-run homer, cutting the Rockies deficit to 6-5.
In the top of the fifth the Padres got all three runs back on a two-out, two-strike, three-run homer by designated Rockies killer Matt Kemp; served up by reliever Justin Miller, who also surrendered a long ball to Melvin Upton Jr. the following inning that made it 11-5 in favor of San Diego.
San Diego added insult to injury in the top of the ninth when Solarte lined a two-run double down the left-field line against Jason Gurka, extending the Padres' lead to 13-5.
Story's second homer of the night wrapped up the scoring.
The Rockies will look to bounce back tomorrow night as Jorge De La Rosa takes the mound against former Rockie Drew Pomeranz, first pitch is at 6:10 p.m. Mountain time.