With five games remaining, the Rockies have lost six of eight and are clinging to a postseason spot as they seek their first playoff berth since 2009.
"That's Nolan," Story said. "He does big things in big spots."
The Rockies rallied to take a 5-4 lead in the fifth. They have a three-game lead for the second NL wild card.
Ender Inciarte hit two of Atlanta's four homers and the Braves responded to the big loss by beating the Rockies 10-4 on Thursday.
Freeland lasted just three batters before leaving with a strained left groin
After being away from Nationals Park for nearly two years, Ian Desmond had been looking forward to Friday night's series opener against Washington all season.
Also: The Mets are probably not calling up Tebow anytime soon.
Despite a recent 5-13 plunge, the Rockies are in prime position, with their best-ever record (52-39) at this point in the season.