Story slam overcomes 2 Harper homers, Rockies top Phils 12-2


Colorado Rockies’ Trevor Story flips his bat after hitting a grand slam off Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher David Hale in the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 25, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Trevor Story hit a grand slam to cap a seven-run fourth inning, letting loose a shout to his dugout and a big bat flip, and the Colorado Rockies overcame two solo home runs by Bryce Harper to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 12-2 on Sunday.

Story hit his third career slam and second home run on a 2-2 curveball from Dave Hale, sending the ball 433 feet into the left-field seats. Story did not hit his first home run of the season until Friday, in his 68th at-bat.

Harper hit a 430-foot drive to right-center in the first and a 468-foot drive that landed on the second deck above Philadelphia’s bullpen beyond right-center in the third, both off Sonny Gray (3-1). Harper, who has six homers, also threw out Cron at the plate from right field in the second inning trying to score on Dom Nunez’s single, which preserved a 1-0 lead.

Colorado had a season-high 16 hits, four by Cron — including two in the fourth inning, Cron hit a two-run homer off Bailey Falter in the eighth.

Gray allowed two runs and four hits in six innings. All his wins have come at home.

Chase Anderson (0-3) gave up six runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Philadelphia lead 2-0 before Colorado sent 12 batters to the plate in the fourth. Josh Fuentes’ sacrifice fly started the comeback, Gray had a tying single and Raimel Tapia’s a go-ahead single. Hale relieved with the bases loaded, and Story homered for a 7-2 lead.


Rockies: INF Chris Owings had surgery on his injured left thumb early last week, manager Bud Black said. Black said he is wearing a soft cast and will soon take ground balls. … Slumping OF Charlie Blackmon was given the day off. Blackmon is hitting .153 and is 5 for 36 in his last 10 games.


Phillies: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-2, 3.80 ERA) faces Adam Wainwright in the first of four games at St. Louis.

Rockies: LHP Austin Gomber (1-2, 3.38) will go for his second straight win when Colorado opens a three-game series in San Francisco on Monday night. He lost his first career start against the Giants on April 9.

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