Tony La Russa couldn't help himself.

Seated in the third row of the press box at Citizens Bank Park La Russa reacted in disbelief as Nolan Arenado made the best play of his breathtaking defensive season.

"Wow!" La Russa blurted. "What a play!"

La Russa works for the commissioner's office the first step in the rest of his life before he enters the Hall of Fame. His jaw doesn't drop for much. This was different. This one will be referenced when Arenado wins his first gold glove.

For now he settled for helping the Rockies win a road game 5-3 on Tuesday over the nosediving Phillies.

Philadelphia has had little go right since all-star break losing 22 games ranking last in nearly

every offensive category and running off the most successful manager in franchise history.

Arenado did the Phillies wrong in the seventh inning thieving a potential game-changing hit from Jimmy Rollins. In the Rockies' finest defensive moment this year with runners at first and second and two outs Arenado gloved the ball cleanly. He took four steps to his right and pulled a Jeter Tulo or Tebow jump throw whatever is your preference or geography. Arenado squared his body in flight and fired a one-hopper to first baseman Todd Helton.

Helton didn't get any gift from baseball on his 40th birthday — 0-fer with an error on a groundball — but he might receive an Academy Award for his acting. He fielded the ball and in one quick stroke reached toward Rollins. It didn't appear that Helton ever touched the Phillies shortstop but he showed the glove to the ump selling it like it was a truck from Columbine Ford. Jim Wolf agreed calling Rollins out. He might have had the only angle where that conclusion seemed reasonable.

Good thing expanded instant replay doesn't begin until next season.

"I thought I might have a play because he hit hard. From my angle he was out" Arenado said.