Cycle to walk-off: Arenado’s HR sweeps Giants

The Giants had taken a 5-3 lead with three runs in the top of the ninth — Hunter Pence‘s two-run, pinch-hit homer and Brandon Crawford‘s RBI double against Jake McGee, before Carlos Estevez fanned Buster Posey to end the frame. But Melancon, who hadn’t pitched in 10 days, gave up one-out singles to Raimel Tapia, Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu, whose hit drove in a run. Arenado became the second player to finish a cycle with a walk-off homer. Carlos Gonzalez did it against the Cubs on July 31, 2010.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Feeling that old, familiar pain: Often, and usually at home, Chatwood has suffered when walks lead to home runs. He escaped most of his baserunners Sunday, but two batters after walking Denard Span he watched Crawford’s opposite-way fly ball — 35-degree launch angle, 93.9 mph exit velocity — clear the raised wall in the left-field corner.

The man with the answer: For nearly three times through the batting order, no Rockies player had an answer for Blach except for Arenado, who tripled in the first inning and singled in the fourth. After DJ LeMahieu drew a leadoff walk in the sixth, Arenado drove a double into left-center to score LeMahieu and cut the Giants’ lead to 2-1.

WHAT’S NEXT
Giants: San Francisco makes its initial visit to SunTrust Park, the Atlanta Braves’ new home. Johnny Cueto, who has won once in his last eight outings, will start for the Giants in Monday’s 4:35 p.m. PT series opener. He’s 2-3 with a 3.58 ERA in eight lifetime appearances against Atlanta.

Rockies: Righty German Marquez will start the opener of an important NL West series against the D-backs — like the Rockies, a team that has exceeded early predictions — on Tuesday at Coors at 6:4 p.m. MT.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

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