An epic Story: 3 homers, 4 hits, 7 RBIs, 1 steal

BOSTON — With each forceful cut Trevor Story unleashed en route to a monster performance on Thursday night at Fenway Park, he distanced himself from the difficult slump he endured in his first few weeks with the Red Sox.

How much distance, you ask?

As part of a 4-for-4 night that included five runs, seven RBIs and one stolen base, Story belted three homers — the latter two of which soared over the Green Monster and onto Lansdowne Street — at an aggregate Statcast-projected distance of 1,163 feet.

As the third homer left his bat, Story pirouetted in the batter’s box before joyfully trotting around the bases. The power-packed performance led the Red Sox to a 12-6 victory over the Mariners in the opener of a four-game series.

This is the Story the Red Sox targeted before the lockout and ultimately signed to a six-year, $140 million contract after Spring Training had started.

On the two-week anniversary of getting booed at Fenway Park after striking out four times in one afternoon against the brilliant offerings of Shohei Ohtani, Story soaked in the roars from a crowd of 29,783. And they got louder each time he went deep.

“Yeah, it was special,” said Story. “Just, like I’ve said, this is the best place. It’s a great atmosphere and an unbelievable place to play every night. To do it here is something I’ll remember forever.”

It was the second three-homer game of…

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