DENVER — Carlos Gonzalez waited patiently as Trevor Story finished his postgame interviews, a beer in hand to congratulate his Rockies teammate on his huge night.
More games like that from Story, and Gonzalez will be pouring champagne all over him at the end of September.
Story homered in his first three at-bats, including one projected at more than 500 feet , and the Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants, 5-3, on Wednesday in a game delayed 68 minutes by rain at the start.
“That was awesome,” manager Bud Black said. “Trevor took the game over.”
The All-Star shortstop had a chance to tie the major league record of four homers in a game but struck out in his final at-bat in the eighth inning.
“Everybody’s expecting a home run,” Gonzalez said. “I was like, ‘Just hit something.’ When you’re having that kind of night, I guarantee he wasn’t trying to hit the ball over the fence, and it was just clicking.”
Story powered Colorado to its fifth straight win, and the Rockies increased their NL West lead to 1 1/2 games over Arizona and Los Angeles. The Diamondbacks were off and the Dodgers lost to the New York Mets.
Colorado has been to the postseason four times but has never won a division title in its 26-year history.
“I’m more excited about the win at this point,” Story said. “Every win from here on out is huge.”
It was the first three-homer game of Story’s career and his fifth multihomer game this season. The outburst came at the expense of Giants starter Andrew Suarez (6-10).
Story’s first home run, a 459-foot shot to left field, according to Statcast, gave the Rockies a 2-1 lead in the first inning.
He topped that with another solo homer in the fourth that traveled an estimated 505 feet onto the concourse beyond the left-field stands.
It was the longest homer in franchise history and the longest since Statcast began tracking distances in 2015. It just edged out the 504-foot drive Giancarlo Stanton hit in Denver when he played for Miami.
“As soon as it came off the bat I was like, ‘Oh my god, it’s going to hit the scoreboard. It’s going to go straight to my Lamborghini in the parking lot,'” Gonzalez said.
Story’s last home run — his 31st of the season — soared a projected 416 feet and gave Colorado a 4-3 lead. He popped out of the dugout for a curtain call as the crowd of 24,790 cheered.
“When you have a night like tonight it’s hard to explain,” Story said. “You kind of get these feelings, these intuitions, and you try to act on them, not outthink yourself.”
Suarez wasn’t unhappy with his outing despite the big night from Story.
“It’s crazy how baseball works,” he said. “I threw well and one guy beat me.”
Harrison Musgrave (2-3) got the win and Adam Ottavino pitched the ninth for his sixth save.
Aramis Garcia went deep for San Francisco, which has lost five in a row.AlertMe