DENVER – For as complicated and unusual as the 2018 Colorado Rockies season has been, a simple formula has emerged for them to find their way to the first division title in franchise history.

The pitching needs to stay right where it is and somebody—anybody—on the offense needs to play like a star down the stretch. On Monday, in a Labor Day afternoon contest against the San Francisco Giants and ace Madison Bumgarner, that man was Trevor Story.

The third-year shortstop drove in five runs and a set a new career high for round-trippers, powering his club to a game that on paper they should not have won. Starter Tyler Anderson did his part to keep his club in the game. The bullpen faltered, blowing a big lead, but the much-maligned offense bailed them out late, resulting in a 9-8 win.

The Rockies wasted no time getting after the World Series MVP, jumping all over him in the first.

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Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of BSN Rockies and a member of the Baseball Writer's Association of America. Follow Drew on Twitter - @DrewCreasman