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Rockies' Trevor Story Beats Dodgers 6-1 in Battle of Rookie Shortstops

Rockies rookie Trevor Story hit a three-run home run in the top of the sixth inning and Colorado crushed the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

LOS ANGELES – It was the same old Story for the Dodgers.

Tyler Chatwood threw a one-hitter and Trevor Story crushed a three-run home run for Colorado in the sixth inning as the Rockies rolled past the Dodgers 6-1 on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. 

Before the game, all the talk surrounded the highly touted matchup of rookie shortstops as Story and Dodgers' youngster Corey Seager were among the top home run hitters in the league.

Story had 15 home runs entering the contest, one more than Seager's 14, but the 23-year-old power hitter quickly flipped the script when he smashed his 16th homer of the year off Dodgers' starter Mike Bolsinger.

"I think that was one of my best bullets," Story said of his home run. "Fortunately it went out."

Story was one of two Rockies' hitters to homer off Bolsinger as Gerardo Parra also went deep off the right-hander in the top of the second inning. 

"I had Parra 0-2, and I hang a slider. The curveball to Story, I just hung it," a visibly frustrated Bolsinger said of his mistakes. "They're both really good hitters and you have to try and not make mistakes on them. I made small mistakes that led to big outcomes." 

Bolsinger (1-3) struggled his third time through the lineup—as he has been prone to all season—allowing four runs in the top of the sixth inning that sealed it for the Rockies.

"I'm getting ahead of hitters, and they're still getting hits," said Bolsinger of that sixth inning. "When things start rolling, they just keep rolling and I have to find a way to put a stop to stuff like that."

The Texas native allowed a total of six runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in 5 and 1/3 innings of work.

Bolsinger was outpitched all night by Rockies' right-hander, Tyler Chatwood, who combined with Gonzalo Germen allowed just one hit or fewer sine Ubaldo Jimenez threw a no-hitter on April 17, 2010.

"It was a fun night," Chatwood said. "We scored some runs and I was able to get shutout innings. It was a pretty fun night overall."

Chatwood (7-4), allowed one run on one hit with five strikeouts in eight strong innings, lowering his ERA to 2.79.

"I was lobbying to go back out there," Chatwood continued. "I would have loved to have thrown a complete game, but I understand the decision coming off two Tommy John's."

The one-hit allowed was a career low for Chatwood as the California native improved to 5-0 with a 0.65 ERA on the road this season.

"I left quite a bit of tickets today and a lot of people from my high school showed up," Chatwood added. "It was pretty special."

The Dodgers reverted back to their old offensively challenged form, despite breaking out in a three-game weekend series against the Atlanta Braves.

"If you told me we would only have one hit tonight, I never would have believed it," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "The numbers don't lie, but I think there's still a lot of hits out there to be had here."

The boys in blue managed to scratch just one run across the plate when Howie Kendrick recorded the only hit of the game—a single to right field—that advanced Adrian Gonzalez to third.

Gonzalez scored on the next play when Enrique Hernandez grounded into an RBI fielder's choice. 

Players of the Game:

Trevor Story: Three-run home run.
Gerardo Parra:
2-for-4 with a home run.
Tyler Chatwood: 1 run on 1 hit with 5 strikeouts in 8 IP.

Three Takeaways:

1. Shortstop Story: Rookie shortstops Trevor Story and Corey Seager have both surpassed the MLB record for most home runs by a rookie shortstop before the All-Star Break. The record of 13 was originally set by former-Dodger Nomar Garciaparra. Story hit his 16th home run on Monday night, and Seager has 14.

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2. Rockies Record Books: Tyler Chatwood's one-hitter combined with Gonzalez Germen was just the second time in Colorado's franchise history that the Rockies allowed one-hit or fewer. The first time, was Ubaldo Jimenez's no-hitter on April 17, 2010 against the Atlanta Braves.

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3. Seager Strong: Corey Seager hit five home runs in the weekend series with the Atlanta Braves, giving him 14 total on the year, just two behind Rockies' shortstop Trevor Story for most amongst MLB rookies. Seager's five homers against the Braves were the most against them since Barry Bonds in 2001.

Up Next:
Rockies (26-31): Eddie Butler gets the ball for Colorado on Tuesday against the Dodgers.

Dodgers (31-28): 19-year-old phenom, Julio Urias, makes his Dodger Stadium debut for Los Angeles at 7:10 PM PST.

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