"We've talked a lot about that statistic, and I think it's a little watered down," the
That's true, but there was nothing soggy about the Angels' emotionally charged 6-5 victory over Seattle on Sunday, in which they spotted the
Albert Pujols drove
Josh Hamilton followed with a single to left field, moving Pujols to third base.
But after the left-handed-hitting Efren Navarro was intentionally walked to load the bases, Grant Green, who was hitless in his first four at-bats, grounded a single to center field, the Angels pouring out of their dugout to engulf Green in celebration while Rodney trudged slowly off the field.
Green's heroics gave the Angels their eighth walk-off victory and their second in three days after Navarro, who has bounced between triple A and the big leagues this season, hit a game-winning single in the 16th inning Friday night. It was the Angels' ninth comeback victory in which they've erased a deficit of three runs or more.
"I keep saying you never know who's going to step up. It was Navarro the other night, Greenie today. It's fun to watch," said Trout, who hit a home run in the third inning, singled and scored in the seventh and sparked the ninth-inning rally with a leadoff walk.
"The majority of our wins this year have been comebacks. We definitely feel confident, even if we're behind. We never give up. That's the biggest thing about this team. We keep fighting to that last out. We're having great at-bats and not trying to do much in pressure situations."
Rodney, who had two of his worst years as Angels closer in 2010 and 2011 but rebounded to star for Tampa Bay in 2012 and 2013 and now Seattle, gave up two runs in his last 21 innings before Sunday, when he suffered his third blown save.
"To come back against a guy like Rodney is huge," said right fielder Kole Calhoun, who hit a third-inning home run, singled twice and scored twice to help the Angels win their club-record 10th consecutive home series. "He's one of the best closers in the game.
"He's an All-Star, someone they expect to get the job done every time. Any time we can win a game like that, it gives us the confidence that we have one of the best offenses in the game and can score no matter who's out there."
"We still have nine innings left to play," Trout said. "I tell the pitchers that. Go out there and keep battling. Skaggs gave us a chance. He could have easily put his head down and come out of the game, but he pitched well for us.