DENVER — Colorado’s Trevor Story continued his stunning home run rampage at the start of his career Friday.
The San Diego Padres, though, also took advantage of the hitters’ paradise that is Coors Field and ended their historic scoring drought by pounding the Rockies 13-6.
The Padres extended their major league record of scoreless innings to start the season to 30 before ending that wretched history in a big way with a six-run fourth inning on their way to spoiling the Rockies’ home opener.
“We’ve just been trying to keep it loose,” said Melvin Upton Jr., who hit one of the Padres’ two homers, a two-run shot in the sixth. “We kept it loose yesterday on the plane, kept it loose today before the game. Just not trying to force the issue today, man, just let it happen. Guys were themselves today.”‘
Story continued his amazing slugging at the outset of his career, belting his fifth and sixth home runs.
He is the first player in major league history with two multi-homer games in his first four career contests. His six homers are the most in major league history over a team’s first four games, and with home runs in four consecutive games to start the season he tied a major league record held by Willie Mays (1971), Mark McGwire (1998), Nelson Cruz (2011) and Chris Davis (2013).
“To be on a list with those guys is pretty cool,” Story said.
McGwire, who is the Padres bench coach said of Story: “He doesn’t get cheated. Seems to me he really knows the strike zone for a young kid, which is really cool. Then when he gets a pitch to hit, he’s not missing it … He looks like he’s here to stay.”
Story, who went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, capped a three-run fourth with a two-run homer that trimmed the Padres’ lead to 6-5. The Padres, though, struck quickly against relievers Chris Rusin and Justin Miller.
Rusin, who relieved starter Jordan Lyles (0-1) in the fourth, gave up hits to the two batters he faced as seven straight Padres batters reached base with one out during that uprising.
Miller took over for Rusin in the fifth and gave up a three-run homer to Matt Kemp, the first batter he faced. In the sixth, Miller, who allowed two homers in 33 1/3 innings last year, gave up Upton’s blast.
Both starting pitchers lasted 3 1/3 innings. Padres starter Colin Rea, who left the bases loaded in the first and threw 68 pitches in the first two innings, departed after yielding Story’s homer in the fourth.
Robbie Erlin, who was added to the roster Friday in place of injured Matt Thornton, took over. Erlin (1-0) gave up one hit in 3 2/3 scoreless innings and retired 10 of the 12 batters he faced.
“It was huge to get that to shut them down,” said Padres manager Andy Green, who savored his first win as a major league manager. “It’s a tough place to shut people down.”
The Padres entered the game with a .120 batting average, .138 on-base percentage and .130 slugging percentage. They managed only 11 hits — 10 singles and a double — while getting outscored 25-0 in three losses at home to the Dodgers.
The Padres piled up 18 hits, including three doubles and a triple. Kemp went 4-for-6 with four RBI. Yangervis Solarte also drove in four runs while going 3-for-5.
Story led off the ninth with a home run — the seventh hit of his career. The only one that hasn’t cleared an outfield wall was his broken-bat single in the second that drove in a run.
“It’s pretty amazing,” Story said. “I’m not trying to hit home runs; they just kind of happen.”
NOTES: The Padres claimed LHP Brad Hand off waivers from Miami. He is expected to join the team Saturday, when a corresponding roster move will be made. … Padres LHP Matt Thornton (left Achilles’ tendinitis) was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Monday, and LHP Robbie Erlin was recalled from Triple-A El Paso. … Rockies RHP Jon Gray (abdominal strain) is scheduled to throw up to 65 pitches or five innings Saturday for High-A Modesto in his first rehab start. … Rockies C Tony Wolters is scheduled to make his first start in the majors Sunday. He played one inning in his major league debut Tuesday at Arizona. … Padres C Christian Bethancourt will make his first start of the season either Sunday in the series finale at Colorado or Monday at Philadelphia. He has yet to play in 2016. … Rockies SS Trevor Story is the first player in major league history to hit home runs as his first four career hits. He also set a Rockies franchise record with a home run in four straight games to start a season. Charles Johnson held the old record, having homered in three straight games to start 2004.