DENVER - 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 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, Colorado needed his bat, and he didn't disappoint.
Todd Helton was walked by reliever Jeremy Affeldt (1-4) with two outs in the ninth for Colorado's first base runner since the second inning.
"Two-out walks will kill you," Affeldt said.
Josh Rutledge ran for Helton, stole second and scored when Arenado singled up the middle on a 2-2 pitch to help the Rockies return to .500 at 41-41.
"That was big on Rut; he basically won the game. If it weren't for that it was just runners on first and second," Arenado said.
The hit made a winner of Rafael Betancourt (2-3) in his first appearance since May 31.
Andres Torres had three hits and Buster Posey had two hits and an RBI for the defending World Series champion Giants, who last lost six in a row from June 26 to July 2, 2010, a seven-game skid.
Cuddyer's streak is the longest in Rockies' history and in the majors this season. He has reached base safely in a franchise-record 45 straight games.