ANAHEIM, Calif. — So maybe shooting an imaginary arrow at the Angels dugout when you still have a one-run lead and still have to face Mike Trout and Albert Pujols in the bottom of the ninth inning isn’t the best idea.
The Mariners found out why in a 6-5 walk-off loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday at Angels Stadium.
Mariners closer Fernando Rodney was called on for a five-out save and put himself in the middle of a firestorm. After getting the final two outs of the eighth inning, Rodney did his traditional celebration of pulling an imaginary arrow out of a quiver and firing — this time at the Angels’ dugout.
Rodney and manager Mike Scioscia are far from friends based on his times spent as a reliever with the Angels.
But that premature celebration didn’t go over well with the Angels.
Rodney walked Trout to start the ninth and Pujols doubled to right field to tie the score. Trout and Pujols simulated the arrow shooting during the game-tying celebration.
The Angels picked up the win when Grant Green singled up the middle with two outs.
Seattle jumped all over Angels’ starter Tyler Skaggs in the first inning. Kyle Seager blasted his 16th homer of the season — a solo shot to right field — to put the Mariners on the board. The Mariners tacked on two more runs with Corey Hart blooping an RBI single into center field just out of the reach of a diving Trout. Dustin Ackley followed with a single to left to score another run.
Chris Young couldn’t quite make the 3-0 lead hold up. He gave a run right back in the first inning on an RBI double from Josh Hamilton. In the third inning, Kole Calhoun and Trout hit back-to-back homers to tie the score at 3-3
For the next three innings, it appeared the teams were headed for extra innings for a third straight day.
Seattle broke the tie in the top of the seventh when Mike Zunino hammered a double into left-center to score pinch runner James Jones. Endy Chavez added another RBI, looping a single into left field to score Zunino to make it 5-3.
But this series was anything but simple.
The Angels answered with a run in the seventh. Trout singled with one out and later came around to score on Howie Kendrick’s single up the middle to make it 5-4.