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DENVER — Nolan Arenado stood crouched, slightly in front of third base, on high alert.

There’s no way he could have planned what happened next, but if he had planned it, he executed it perfectly — and showed why the Rockies are lucky to have the All-Star as their third baseman.

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DENVER — Nolan Arenado stood crouched, slightly in front of third base, on high alert.

There’s no way he could have planned what happened next, but if he had planned it, he executed it perfectly — and showed why the Rockies are lucky to have the All-Star as their third baseman.

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D-backs catcher John Ryan Murphy hit a hard grounder to the heel of Arenado’s glove, and the ball bounced straight up. Arenado grabbed it at eye level with his bare hand and fired it to home plate, where Chris Iannetta was waiting to collide with Steven Souza Jr. sliding home. Souza was out, and Arenado’s key play spurred the Rockies to a 5-1 win over the D-backs Thursday and a series win over a divisional opponent.

“There was one out,” Arenado said. “I had a feeling [Souza] was going to go home. They were going on contact. So my plan was, if it’s hit to me, I’m going to try to go home. So I tried to plan it out. Obviously, I didn’t plan that out — top-spinner at me and popping up into the air. But I try to be prepared every time.”

It was the Rockies’ first series win against the D-backs this season and tightened the NL West race.

The win also might be part of a Rockies turnaround against the D-backs, who, after winning the series opener on Tuesday, had won nine consecutive games

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