Nolan Arenado has made a splash with his defense. On Saturday, the rookie showed he can deliver with his offense, too.
Arenado hit a game-ending single with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Colorado Rockies to a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants, losers of six straight for the first time in three years.
Michael Cuddyer singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 26 straight games.
Arenado was expected to be with the Rockies in 2012 but was kept in Double-A. He finally got the call-up April 28 and has been entrenched at third base, where his defense has drawn praise from teammates and opponents.
"I was telling all these guys in spring training, `Hey, watch this guy Nolan in spring training, he can pick it,'" injured shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said. "You get a glimpse of it in spring training but it doesn't really click until you see him in game time."
On Saturday, the Rockies needed him to contribute with his bat, and he didn't disappoint.