Rodgers, Story go deep, Rockies beat Braves

Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA (AP) - The Colorado Rockies are playing the role of spoilers as they face NL East contenders on the road. Brendan Rodgers likes the vibe.

"These are big games for us," Rodgers said. "We're playing good ball right now after taking three of four from Philly. We're just trying to ruin playoff hopes honestly, and it's kind of fun winning these close games against really good teams."

Rodgers hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the fifth inning, Trevor Story went deep in the second and the Colorado Rockies held on to beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Jon Gray pitched five innings as the Rockies, far back in the NL West standings, moved to 22-51 on the road coming off a four-game series win at Philadelphia.

NL East-leading Atlanta, going for its fourth straight division title, stayed 4 1/2 games ahead of the Phillies after they lost to the Chicago Cubs.