ANAHEIM -- The Angels erased a five-run deficit against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez on Friday with one of baseball's rarest occurrences: the two-run sacrifice fly.
The beneficiary of it was (who else?) Mike Trout.
Down, 5-3, with none out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, Trout lofted a fly ball near the right-field foul pole that Eric Thames ran down. Howie Kendrick then tagged up easily from third. Shortly thereafter, Erick Aybar made a wide turn of third and was waved home by third-base coach Dino Ebel as Thames' throw went in the direction of second base, ultimately scoring without a throw after it sailed past Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley.
The last player to get two RBIs on a sacrifice fly was Nate McLouth with the Braves on Sept. 5, 2010. Trout's teammate Albert Pujols also completed the feat with the Cardinals on June 7, 2009.
"That was kind of weird," Hernandez said after an eventual 6-5 walk-off win by the Angels. "It happens. It's baseball. Baseball is kind of weird, too."
Credit on the play goes to Aybar, who ran hard all the way, and Ebel, who had the awareness to wave the speedy shortstop home as soon as he saw the direction of Thames' throw.
"Dino's certainly in tune with what's happening on the back side, and he makes sure our guys run through bases," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Once he saw the throw was going to second, he thought Erick had a chance to score, and he did."
Mariners skipper Eric Wedge felt Thames needed to hit his cutoff man, Ackley, but Thames talked about needing to throw to second base to keep the trail runner at first. Ultimately, his throw did neither, falling way short of second base and skipping past shortstop Brendan Ryan.
"Tip of the hat to Aybar," Ryan said. "That's heads-up baseball. You see the throw bouncing, and it's a good opportunity there because you're counting on the shortstop to catch, spin and fire a strike. I'd take my chance there every time [as the baserunner]."
Trout was credited with two RBIs because Aybar tried to score before the ball sailed past Ackley. Coupled with his third-inning three-run homer, which originally cut the Angels' deficit to two, Trout tied a career high with five RBIs in a game. The only other time he did it was against these same Mariners, on Aug. 30 of last year.
But he had never hit a two-run sac fly.
"That's a first for me," Trout said. "Just keep running until Dino gives you the stop sign."
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