Nava’s Mistake Becomes Bonus in Angels’ 4-4 Tie With Seattle
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Daniel Nava's embarrassing moment turned into a double play during the Los Angeles Angels' 4-4 tie with the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday.
Nava, who split last season between Boston and Toronto, had two hits and drove in a pair of runs. But he lost track of the outs in the top of the fifth inning, catching Kyle Seager's fly ball for the second out and then throwing the ball into the stands.
"I didn't stay up on my accounting," Nava said. "There's a first for everything. Knowing the outs is kind of important. That can't happen in the regular season."
Stefen Romero was near second base on the play and was awarded third. He neglected to return to first, though, and was called out on an appeal play.
"That was crazy," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "You have to run the bases properly. It was an odd play but he had a great game."
Nava is hitting .619 (13 for 21) with a team-high seven RBIs. Yunel Escobar and Cliff Pennington added two hits apiece, and Kole Calhoun drove in a run for the Angels. Geovany Soto hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to tie it.
"He's really confident at the plate," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Nava. "He's feeling confident."
Romero had three hits for the Mariners. Daniel Robertson drove in two runs, and Dae-Ho Lee had two hits and an RBI.