Nolan Arenado completes cycle with walk-off homer


The Rockies held a 3-2 lead going into the ninth inning, but reliever Jake McGee - closer Greg Holland was unavailable - was touched up for three runs in the top of the ninth.

Arenado is the first player to hit a walk-off homer to finish off the cycle since Carlos Gonzalez did it on July 31, 2010, who ironically also did it for the Rockies. Heading into Sunday, two of the three cycles to be completed this season have been at Coors, but to a pair of road teams. Rockies OF Gerardo Parra (strained right quadriceps) ran outside at about half speed for the first time since he was injured June 6...

You see, Arenado was a homer shy of the cycle up to that point, and the fact that he made it to the plate was only because the Giants took the lead in the ninth on a go-ahead homer by pinch-hitter Hunter Pence.

It had to feel good for Arenado - and the Rockies in general - to achieve that feat at Coors Field.

It was Melancon's fourth home run allowed this season, matching his total from previous year.

But in the sixth, Blach allowed a leadoff single to Rockies' second baseman D.J. LeMahieu, who torched the Giants' pitching staff all series long.

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Arenado hit the first pitch he saw from All-Star closer Mark Melancon (1-2) into the left-field seats to cap a four-game sweep. Arenado, a notorious Giants' killer who entered Sunday's contest with 54 career extra base hits against San Francisco, pelted a double into the left center field gap to score LeMahieu and put the tying run on second base. "I mean, look at those hits (in the ninth)". The play took the Giants out of scoring position. Story stepped on second to start the inning-ending double play.

The Rockies strung together three consecutive one-out singles to get within a run.

Had Crawford run with more of a goal, center fielder Denard Span could have scored from third base.

For the fourth straight day, the Rockies' ability to execute and the Giants' self-inflicted wounds tilted the outcome in Colorado's favor, and even though Arenado needed late-game heroics to send his teammates to their second walkoff win of the weekend, the Giants' late collapse is yet another sign of the times.

In the third inning, it was Posey who committed a rare mental mistake, as he tried to dart over to third base on a groundball to Arenado off the bat of left fielder Austin Slater.