Sports Rockies’ Trevor Story hits three homers, one 505 feet, to rock Giants

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DENVER — Nobody can sugarcoat what happened to the Giants at Coors Field on Wednesday night, and really, all season.

In a 5-3 Colorado victory, Trevor Story hit three solo home runs against Andrew Suarez, one pegged at 505 feet, the longest in the 4-year-old life of Statcast. The Giants were swept again at their own little slice of high-altitude hell, Coors Field, where they lost eight of nine this year and have won twice in their past 20 games.

The Giants did their part to install and keep the Rockies in first place in the National League West, and Colorado showed how many light years separate the two teams in their race toward another World Series.

The only positive the Giants could pluck from Wednesday’s failure was Ray Black’s confrontation with Story in the eighth inning, when everyone in the building knew what the powerful shortstop was going to attempt.

In a come-to-God moment for the Giants’ rookie, he threw fastballs at 100, 99, 100, 100 and 100 mph. He fell behind 2-0 and had kept challenging Story, who swung at the final three heaters and struck out.

That bodes well for the bullpen’s future.

  • Sports Trevor Story is not asking the airline pilot at 33,000 feet to return his fouth-inning home run ball, but merely gesturing skyward after his 505-foot blast against Andrew Suarez. Photo: David Zalubowski / Associated Press

    Trevor Story is not asking the airline pilot at 33,000 feet to return his fouth-inning home run ball, but merely gesturing skyward after his 505-foot blast against Andrew Suarez.

    Trevor Story is not asking the airline pilot at 33,000 feet to return his fouth-inning home run ball, but merely gesturing skyward after his 505-foot blast against Andrew Suarez.

    Photo: David Zalubowski / Associated Press

  • Sports Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies watches his second home run of the night during the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on September 5, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) Photo: Justin Edmonds / Getty Images

    Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies watches his second home run of the night during the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on September 5, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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    Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies watches his second home run of the night during the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on September 5, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by

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    Photo: Justin Edmonds / Getty Images


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Photo: David Zalubowski / Associated Press

Trevor Story is not asking the airline pilot at 33,000 feet to return his fouth-inning home run ball, but merely gesturing skyward after his 505-foot blast against Andrew Suarez.

Trevor Story is not asking the airline pilot at 33,000 feet to return his fouth-inning home run ball, but merely gesturing skyward after his 505-foot blast against Andrew Suarez.

Photo: David Zalubowski / Associated Press

Black planned to get ahead with fastballs and finish Story with sliders.

“I bailed on that quickly when I fell behind,” Black said. “My goal when I got to 2-0 was not to walk him. I wanted to pitch him up in the zone. If he tags me, he tags me. It’s hard to get four homers in a game. I’m glad I didn’t throw one middle-middle.”

Suarez did throw one middle-middle in the sixth inning. It was a changeup that Story lined over the left-field fence for his third homer, a piddly 416-footer that broke a 3-3 tie.

Story swung so hard at a first-inning Suarez slider he fell down as he crushed it 459 feet, beyond the left-field seats, the ball bouncing past a yogurt stand.

He merely was clearing his throat for the fourth inning, when he turned on an inside-corner fastball at the knees and propelled another ball over the bleachers in left-center. Per Statcast, the 505-footer traveled 12 inches farther than a 2016 Giancarlo Stanton homer that had topped the leaderboard.

Story became the first player to homer three times in a game against the Giants since Hanley Ramirez in 2016, at Fenway Park.

And yet, Bruce Bochy did not think his rookie lefty had a terrible night overall.

“The kid threw well,” Bochy said. “He really had good stuff. Unfortunately for us, one hitter had a big night.”

Praising Suarez might smack of asking Mrs. Lincoln how she enjoyed the play, but the numbers showed that he held all non-Story Rockies to three hits in six-plus innings to keep the Giants in the game.

“It’s crazy how baseball works,” Suarez said. “I thought I threw well. One guy killed me.”

“That guy” is going to be in the Giants’ division for a long time. He has four homers in nine at-bats against Suarez, who will need to figure him out because they might face each other 75 times.

Suarez has pitched well enough in his first season to earn Bochy’s faith. Bochy let Suarez bat in the sixth inning of a tied game knowing Story was due up third in the bottom half.

“Two outs, nobody on, I have confidence in the kid to make an adjustment there, and the pitch got away from him,” Bochy said.

Suarez and Black were among seven Giants rookies who appeared in the game.

Aramis Garcia caught Suarez and homered, giving him one in each of his two big-league starts. Some of the older players produced, too. Joe Panik and Evan Longoria each had two hits, including a double, and scored.

But three runs at Coors doesn’t cut it, especially when one Rockie can hit three different pitches a total of 1,380 feet.

Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: hschulman@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @hankschulman

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