In the second inning of the Rockies' 6-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Nolan Arenado elevated his Gold Glove to platinum status.

It seemed ridiculous to even try to make a play on Scott Van Slyke's blazing grounder down the third-base line, but Arenado's still just a 23-year-old kid, so what the heck.

"Honestly, it was more like a courtesy dive," Arenado said with a sheepish laugh. "I was really just taking a dive at it and I got it with the end of my glove. Thank God it stayed in there and I was able to make a play on it."

Arenado got to his feet and threw out Van Slyke by half a step for perhaps the best defensive play by a Rockie this season. The brilliance of the diamond gem drew a gasp, and even some grudging applause, from the Big Blue faithful at Dodger Stadium.

"I told Nolan that play was one of the top three that we have seen, and that's saying something, because there is a pretty good collection," manager Walt Weiss said. "But I've said it all year that he's as good as I have ever seen. He's changed several games this year with his defense."

All told, Arenado had seven assists Sunday.