Arenado completes cycle with game-winning homer for Rockies

DENVER (AP) With one dramatic swing, Nolan Arenado gave the Colorado Rockies a thrilling victory and finished off his rare feat at the plate.

Arenado completed the cycle with a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Rockies stunned the San Francisco Giants by rallying for a 7-5 win Sunday.

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. The slugger was mobbed at home plate by teammates, with a frenzied sellout crowd chanting ''MVP! MVP!''

''It's probably one of the best moments in my career,'' Arenado said. ''I've hit some big homers but by far the best, obviously, for the cycle. I've never done it. I feel like I've been kind of close but I've always needed a triple and I ain't getting that. Today is a great day.''

Arenado became the fifth player in major league history to complete the cycle by hitting a game-ending home run, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The last to accomplish the feat was teammate Carlos Gonzalez, who did it on July 31, 2010, against the Chicago Cubs.

''I remember watching Carlos do that,'' Arenado said. ''Now I know how he feels.''

With the best record in the National League, the surprising Rockies (46-26) have won five straight overall and nine in a row against the Giants. They are 20 games above .500 for the first time since 2009.

''The fans and the people of Denver are starting to get a hint that we're for real,'' Arenado said.

Colorado had a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth but gave up three runs before scoring four in the bottom half.

Pinch-hitter Hunter Pence connected on a go-ahead homer for last-place San Francisco, which has dropped six consecutive games and nine of 11.

Melancon retired his first batter, but three singles produced a run and brought up Arenado, who tripled in the first, singled in the fourth and had an RBI double in the sixth. He hit a 91 mph fastball for his 15th homer and first career cycle.

''I was ready first pitch and I was just trying to get the ball to the outfield, really,'' Arenado said. ''Luckily, I got a pitch middle-in and I was able to do some damage with it.''

It was his second game-ending homer in the majors and the eighth cycle in club history.

Melancon has not recorded a save since May 27.

''This was as tough a one as we've had,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ''I mean, look at those hits (in the ninth). A blooper into center field, another one that we couldn't quite get to and an eight-hopper to center. The other guy came through, but (Melancon) should have fared a lot better.''

Carlos Estevez (4-0), called up from the minors before the game, struck out one batter in the ninth for the win.

Trevor Story and Pat Valaika went deep in the seventh to give Colorado a 3-2 edge after Brandon Crawford's two-run homer in the fifth put the Giants ahead.

Rockies reliever Jake McGee came on in the ninth but issued a one-out walk to Gorkys Hernandez. Pence hit an 0-1 fastball into the left-center seats for his first career pinch-hit homer, and Crawford added an RBI single later in the inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (left shoulder) is scheduled to throw a second simulated game in Arizona on Wednesday. He threw his first Saturday, the first time he faced hitters since getting injured in a dirt bike accident in Colorado in April.

Rockies: RHP Chad Qualls was placed on the 10-day disabled list with lower back spasms. The move is retroactive to Friday. ... Rockies RHP Chad Bettis threw 15-20 fastballs during a bullpen session, continuing his comeback from treatment for testicular cancer. Bettis, who finished chemotherapy this month, had been throwing off the mound to a catcher in front of the plate. Sunday was the first time he threw the full 60 feet, 6 inches.

DIAMOND GEM

Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu showed why he won a 2014 Gold Glove with a great play to save a run in the first inning. LeMahieu was moving to cover second base after Crawford broke from first when Buster Posey hit a grounder toward the vacated spot. LeMahieu reached back to field the ball and tossed it to Story while sitting on the infield. Story stepped on second to start the inning-ending double play. Crawford was initially called safe at second, but the Rockies challenged and the call was overturned.

UP NEXT

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto (5-6, 4.57 ERA) opens a four-game series at Atlanta on Monday.

Rockies: RHP German Marquez (5-3, 4.19) starts the opener of a key three-game series with Arizona on Tuesday.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that Elias Sports Bureau says Arenado became fifth player to complete cycle with game-ending homer.

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  • W: C. Estevez (4-0)L: M. Melancon (1-2)
  • HR: SF - H. Pence (4), B. Crawford (6), COL - N. Arenado (15), T. Story (10), P. Valaika (1), P. Valaika (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Span CF21100300.266.322.418.7409.0
J. Panik 2B51100015.273.338.407.7450.5
B. Crawford SS51331013.258.301.424.72610.5
B. Posey C40100023.352.439.538.9772.0
B. Belt 1B40100022.221.338.410.7480.0
A. Slater LF40000012.354.415.479.894-0.5
A. Hill 3B30000100.143.257.254.5111.0
G. Hernandez RF31100102.217.296.283.5803.0
T. Blach P20000010.174.259.217.477-0.5
G. Kontos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- H. Pence PH11121000.251.293.355.6487.0
M. Melancon P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-homered for Kontos in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF51100011.328.377.610.9881.5
D. LeMahieu 2B42210100.300.362.383.7456.0
N. Arenado 3B51441011.295.348.566.91414.5
M. Reynolds 1B30100111.302.384.550.9341.5
I. Desmond LF40000005.284.316.415.7300.0
C. Gonzalez RF40100012.219.301.335.6360.5
C. Estevez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Story SS41211021.227.318.433.7516.0
T. Murphy C30000021.000.143.000.143-1.0
a- T. Wolters PH10000000.299.397.358.7560.0
T. Chatwood P10000000.200.200.240.4400.0
C. Rusin P0000-000.400.400.400.000-
b- P. Valaika SS11111000.254.280.563.8436.0
J. Lyles P0000-000.500.500.500.000-
J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Tapia RF11100000.342.405.395.7992.0
  • a-grounded out for Murphy in the 9th
  • b-homered for Rusin in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Crawford (13), B. Posey (12)
  • HR - B. Crawford (6), H. Pence (4)
  • SH - T. Blach (3)
  • RBI - B. Crawford 3 (32), H. Pence 2 (24)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Crawford 3 (12)
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Arenado (26)
  • 3B - N. Arenado (3)
  • HR - N. Arenado (15), T. Story (10), P. Valaika (5)
  • SH - T. Chatwood (6)
  • RBI - D. LeMahieu (36), N. Arenado 4 (55), T. Story (28), P. Valaika (13)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Span 2 (3)
  • CS - J. Panik
FIELDING
  • DP - B. Belt, B. Crawford, J. Panik
FIELDING
  • DP - T. Story, D. LeMahieu, M. Reynolds
  • E - M. Reynolds (3)
PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Blach 6.2732524.231.2311.5
G. Kontos 1.1200303.271.182.5
M. Melancon (L, 1-2)0.1440015.091.47-13.0
PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Chatwood 6.0524514.081.3012.5
C. Rusin 1.0100102.611.002.5
J. Lyles 1.0000106.821.353.5
J. McGee 0.2321012.150.95-6.0
C. Estevez (W, 4-0)0.1000107.981.847.5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Blach 104-70, G. Kontos 22-16, M. Melancon 21-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Blach 8-6, M. Melancon 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Blach 28, G. Kontos 6, M. Melancon 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - T. Chatwood (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Chatwood 114-62, C. Rusin 13-11, J. Lyles 11-7, J. McGee 16-10, C. Estevez 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Chatwood 7-4, C. Rusin 1-1, J. McGee 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Chatwood 26, C. Rusin 4, J. Lyles 3, J. McGee 6, C. Estevez
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Panik 2B51100015.273.338.407.7450.5
B. Crawford SS51331013.258.301.424.72610.5
B. Posey C40100023.352.439.538.9772.0
B. Belt 1B40100022.221.338.410.7480.0
A. Slater LF40000012.354.415.479.894-0.5
A. Hill 3B30000100.143.257.254.5111.0
G. Hernandez RF31100102.217.296.283.5803.0
T. Blach P20000010.174.259.217.477-0.5
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a- H. Pence PH11121000.251.293.355.6487.0
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  • a-homered for Kontos in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF51100011.328.377.610.9881.5
D. LeMahieu 2B42210100.300.362.383.7456.0
N. Arenado 3B51441011.295.348.566.91414.5
M. Reynolds 1B30100111.302.384.550.9341.5
I. Desmond LF40000005.284.316.415.7300.0
C. Gonzalez RF40100012.219.301.335.6360.5
C. Estevez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Story SS41211021.227.318.433.7516.0
T. Murphy C30000021.000.143.000.143-1.0
a- T. Wolters PH10000000.299.397.358.7560.0
T. Chatwood P10000000.200.200.240.4400.0
C. Rusin P0000-000.400.400.400.000-
b- P. Valaika SS11111000.254.280.563.8436.0
J. Lyles P0000-000.500.500.500.000-
J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Tapia RF11100000.342.405.395.7992.0
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  • a-grounded out for Murphy in the 9th
  • b-homered for Rusin in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Crawford (13), B. Posey (12)
  • HR - B. Crawford (6), H. Pence (4)
  • SH - T. Blach (3)
  • RBI - B. Crawford 3 (32), H. Pence 2 (24)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Crawford 3 (12)
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Arenado (26)
  • 3B - N. Arenado (3)
  • HR - N. Arenado (15), T. Story (10), P. Valaika (5)
  • SH - T. Chatwood (6)
  • RBI - D. LeMahieu (36), N. Arenado 4 (55), T. Story (28), P. Valaika (13)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Span 2 (3)
  • CS - J. Panik
FIELDING
  • DP - B. Belt, B. Crawford, J. Panik
FIELDING
  • DP - T. Story, D. LeMahieu, M. Reynolds
  • E - M. Reynolds (3)
PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Blach 6.2732524.231.2311.5
G. Kontos 1.1200303.271.182.5
M. Melancon (L, 1-2)0.1440015.091.47-13.0
Total8.1137283---
PITCHERSIP
T. Blach 6.2
G. Kontos 1.1
M. Melancon (L, 1-2)0.1
Total8.1
PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Chatwood 6.0524514.081.3012.5
C. Rusin 1.0100102.611.002.5
J. Lyles 1.0000106.821.353.5
J. McGee 0.2321012.150.95-6.0
C. Estevez (W, 4-0)0.1000107.981.847.5
Total9.094582---
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Blach 104-70, G. Kontos 22-16, M. Melancon 21-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Blach 8-6, M. Melancon 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Blach 28, G. Kontos 6, M. Melancon 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - T. Chatwood (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Chatwood 114-62, C. Rusin 13-11, J. Lyles 11-7, J. McGee 16-10, C. Estevez 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Chatwood 7-4, C. Rusin 1-1, J. McGee 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Chatwood 26, C. Rusin 4, J. Lyles 3, J. McGee 6, C. Estevez
  • 9TH INNING
    Arenado homered to left, Blackmon and LeMahieu scored57
    LeMahieu singled to right, Tapia scored, Blackmon to third54
    Crawford doubled to deep right, Panik scored53
    Pence homered to left center, Hernandez scored43
  • 7TH INNING
    Valaika homered to left23
    Story homered to left22
  • 6TH INNING
    Arenado doubled to left center, LeMahieu scored21
  • 5TH INNING
    Crawford homered to left, Span scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jake McGee relieved Jordan Lyles
    • A. Hill: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hill grounded out to third
    • G. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
    • Hunter Pence hit for George Kontos
    • H. Pence: Foul, Pence homered to left center, Hernandez scored
    • D. Span: Ball, Foul, Span lined out to left
    • J. Panik: Foul, Panik singled to left
    • B. Crawford: Panik to second on 1st baseman Reynolds fielding error, Crawford doubled to deep right, Panik scored
    • Raimel Tapia in right
    • Carlos Estevez pitching
    • B. Posey: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Posey struck out swinging
    • Mark Melancon pitching
    • Tony Wolters hit for Tom Murphy
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wolters grounded out to second
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Tapia singled to right center
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Blackmon singled to center, Tapia to third
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, LeMahieu singled to right, Tapia scored, Blackmon to third
    • N. Arenado: Arenado homered to left, Blackmon and LeMahieu scored
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jordan Lyles pitching
    • B. Posey: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Posey struck out swinging
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Belt flied out to deep center
    • A. Slater: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Slater fouled out to first
    • G. Kontos Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Reynolds struck out looking
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Desmond fouled out to first
    • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez singled to right center
    • T. Story: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul tip, Story struck out on foul tip
    • End of Inning (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Chris Rusin relieved Tyler Chatwood
    • T. Blach: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Blach grounded out to second
    • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Span reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Panik: Panik flied out to left
    • B. Crawford: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Story homered to left
    • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Murphy flied out to right
    • Patrick Valaika hit for Chris Rusin
    • P. Valaika: Valaika homered to left
    • C. Blackmon: Foul, Blackmon grounded out to second
    • George Kontos relieved Ty Blach
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, LeMahieu singled to center
    • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball (pitchout), Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • End of Inning (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • A. Slater: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Slater struck out swinging
    • A. Hill: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hill lined out to left
    • G. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez flied out to right
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu walked
    • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Ball, Arenado doubled to left center, LeMahieu scored
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Reynolds fouled out to first
    • I. Desmond: Desmond popped out to shortstop
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • End of Inning (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • T. Blach: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Blach struck out swinging
    • D. Span: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Span walked
    • J. Panik: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Panik lined out to left
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Crawford homered to left, Span scored
    • B. Posey: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Posey hit by pitch
    • B. Belt: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Belt struck out swinging
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Story reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • T. Murphy: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Murphy struck out on foul tip
    • T. Chatwood: Pickoff attempt, Chatwood hit sacrifice bunt to third, Story to second
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to first
    • End of Inning (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • B. Posey: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Posey doubled to deep left
    • B. Belt: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Belt struck out swinging
    • A. Slater: Slater reached on fielder's choice to third, Posey out at third
    • A. Hill: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hill walked, Slater to second
    • G. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to pitcher
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Arenado singled to right
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Reynolds singled to right center, Arenado to second
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Desmond grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Arenado to third, Reynolds out at second
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • End of Inning (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • G. Hernandez: Hernandez reached on bunt single to pitcher
    • T. Blach: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Blach hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Hernandez to second
    • D. Span: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Span walked
    • J. Panik: Ball, Foul, Ball, Panik grounded out to first, Hernandez to third, Span to second
    • B. Crawford: Crawford lined out to center
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • T. Chatwood: Strike looking, Ball, Chatwood popped out to shortstop
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to first
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu flied out to center
    • End of Inning (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • B. Belt: Belt singled to right
    • A. Slater: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Slater grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Belt out at second
    • A. Hill: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hill grounded out to third
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez lined out to right
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • End of Inning (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • D. Span: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Span walked
    • J. Panik: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Span stole second
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Crawford singled to center, Span to third
    • B. Posey: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Posey grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Crawford out at second
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, LeMahieu grounded out to pitcher
    • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Arenado tripled to deep right
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked
    • I. Desmond: Desmond reached on fielder's choice to third, Reynolds out at second
    • End of Inning (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)