MIAMI (AP) — Nolan Arenado put his stamp on Sunday's game with his glove and his bat.
Arenado started a pivotal double play in the fourth and hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the sixth, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins.
"He had a huge game," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "That's why it's tough to give Nolan a day off ever, you keep running him out there because he does stuff on defense to win you games. The double play was the ballgame really and he got the big hit on top of it."
Arenado got off to a strong start on defense with a deep throw jumping off his left foot to get Donovan Solano in the first. With the bases loaded and nobody out in the fourth, the third baseman fielded a slow grounder by Koyie Hill and threw home to Jordan Pacheco, who fired the ball to first to complete the double play.
"When I first got it I was thinking of just going to first, but I didn't think I had a throw there," Arenado said. "I didn't know if the jump-throw was going to be the right play so I told myself to go home with it and make sure I got the out and then luckily Pacheco made a great play to go to first too."
Arenado's RBI double in the sixth put the Rockies ahead for good.
"The pitch was down, but luckily I was able to put a good swing on it," Arenado said. "It's good thing that Cuddy (Michael Cuddyer) got on. He really helped me out there so it was nice."
Jorge De La Rosa (14-6) battled through a nagging thumb injury to win his fourth consecutive decision, allowing three runs in five innings. De La Rosa improved to 7-0 with a 1.92 ERA in day games.
"Today was the worst," said De La Rosa, who has been dealing with a thumb ligament injury all season. "Before that it was a little sore, but I was able to pitch. Today was a little more sore. When I threw a pitch it felt like my thumb was going to come off."
Five relievers then combined for four hitless innings, with Rex Brothers working the ninth for his 13th save in 14 chances. With runners on first and second, Brothers got Ed Lucas to ground into a fielder's choice to give the Rockies their first road series win since June 3-5 at Cincinnati.
"It's been a while," Weiss said. "We've played a lot of close games, a lot of them were just like that. We've had our heart broken a few times in those types of games so it's good to see us win some tight ones."
Miami's Justin Ruggiano homered and drove in two runs. Jacob Turner (3-5) allowed four runs — three earned — in 5 2-3 innings.