When Mariners pitcher Fernando Rodney pulled an imaginary arrow from his quiver and fired it at the Angels in the eighth inning Sunday afternoon, it left an impression in the Angels dugout. One that helped propel them to their 30th comeback win of the season.
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Grant Green is soaked by his teammates after his contributions to the come-from-behind win over Seattle.
Rodney assumed he had a win locked up, but the Angels -- as they have done so many times this season -- came back. They turned a 5-3 deficit into a 6-5 victory after Grant Green drove in the game-winner with a walk-off single in the ninth inning.
And the Angels got their revenge.
When Mike Trout, who drew a five-pitch walk from Rodney to start the ninth, scored on Albert Pujols' double to left to tie the game, he mimicked Rodney, pulling out an arrow and zinging it at the Mariners pitcher.
Pujols, standing at second base, did the same thing. Point made.
Josh Hamilton followed with a single, and Rodney intentionally walked Howie Kendrick to load the bases, but David Freese hit into a catcher-to-first double play. Rodney then walked Efren Navarro intentionally before Green's single won it, giving the Angels their 30th come-from-behind win of the season.
"We never give up," Trout said. "That's a big thing about this team. We have fight, and we keep fighting until the last out. Having great at-bats, that's the key â not trying to do too much in pressure situations and go from there."
But what about Rodney? Surely, the Angels must have been irritated by his act, at least enough to throw it back in his face.
"Rodney's Rodney," Trout said. "He's out there competing. We're competing against him. It's just one of those times when we finally got him. It was pretty exciting to get him today.
"No hard feelings or anything."
After the game Rodney insisted it had nothing to do with the Angels.
'I was doing that to the fans because they booed me," he said. "That's part of the game."
Regardless, it was something the Angels will remember. Rodney, a former Angels reliever, was just one out from his 200th career save, and he was clearly ready to celebrate it. But his arrow missed the target.
"It just goes to show you, don't rile up our team because we've got a lot of good hitters and a lot of good people," starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs said. "I look forward to the next time we play them."
Said Green, who was hitless in four at-bats until the ninth: "He woke up our dugout. At the time, we were hitting well in the game, but we didn't have that key hit. He did it at the wrong time with Trout, Pujols and Josh coming up. You don't want to get those guys fired up."
In fact, the Angels have been fired up most of the season. They've won 10 series in a row at home, a club record, and are 21-5 since June 20. They remain 1½ games behind the first-place Oakland A's in the American League West, but they're keeping the pressure on the A's.
Of their major-league-leading 30 come-from-behind wins, nine have been by three or more runs.
"We're staying within ourselves and keeping our composure," said Trout, who was 2 for 4 and scored three runs. "I keep telling you guys, you never know who's going to step up. It was Navarro the other night, now Greenie today. It's fun to watch, fun to be a part of."