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Monkey shines: Rally sinks NY
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 9      6   Final
10/05/2002 00:18 am ET 
 Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Yankees 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 0
 Angels 0 1 2 1 0 1 1 3 X 9 12 0
Monkey shines: Rally sinks NY
Angels bullpen takes bang out of the Bombers
By Doug Miller /

Darin Erstad heads out of the box after his tie-breaking RBI double in Game 3. (Kevork Djansezian/AP)

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Angels have been described as plucky, scrappy, never-say-die hardball players all year long.

On Friday night in front of 45,072 red-clad, thunder-stick-beating fans at Edison Field, they took those descriptions to an almost otherworldly level.

Down 6-1 early to the four-time defending American League champion New York Yankees, Anaheim stormed back to a dramatic 9-6 victory, capped off by a three-run eighth inning.

The Angels took a 2-1 lead in the American League Division series and can wrap up their first trip to the AL Championship Series since 1986 with a win at home Saturday.

"That ranks up at the top of 'em," Angels closer Troy Percival said. "That's one of the better comebacks I've ever seen from this team. I'm just happy to be a part of it."

After trimming the early 6-1 deficit to 6-5 in the sixth inning, The Angels tied it on a Scott Spiezio RBI single in the seventh, setting up the drama in the bottom of the eighth.

With the game tied at 6-6, Adam Kennedy led off with a bloop double off Yankees reliever Mike Stanton to right field that barely glanced off Raul Mondesi's glove.

David Eckstein sacrifice bunted him to second and Darin Erstad lined an RBI double into the right-field corner to give the Angels their first lead of the game.

The Angels put the exclamation point on their remarkable rally when Tim Salmon greeted New York reliever Steve Karsay with a first-pitch, two-run home run. Percival pitched a perfect ninth for his second straight save.

Rookie phenom Francisco Rodriguez struck out four Yankees in perfect seventh and eighth frames for his second win in as many games. Stanton took the loss.

From the outset, Angels starter Ramon Ortiz struggled with command. In the first inning, Derek Jeter bounced a one-out single into center field. Ortiz walked the next batter, Jason Giambi, but Jeter was off to second with the pitch, so Angels catcher Bengie Molina tried to nail him at second but threw errantly into center field.

The Angels' infield was in a shift for the left-handed-hitting Giambi, and Jeter realized there was nobody covering third base and advanced.

Ortiz walked the next batter, Bernie Williams, to load the bases, and Robin Ventura's double to the gap in right-center put the Yankees up 2-0. Jorge Posada followed with an RBI sacrifice fly for New York's third run.

The Angels fought back with a run in the bottom of the second when Troy Glaus lined a broken-bat single to left, moved to third on a Brad Fullmer double, and scored on a Spiezio fielder's choice to cut New York's lead to 3-1.

But Ortiz couldn't get it together and imploded in the top of the third.

He walked Giambi to lead off, gave up a double to Williams that pushed Giambi to third, and Ventura drove in Giambi with a sacrifice fly. He uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Williams to get to third, then walked Raul Mondesi to put runners on the corners.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia had seen enough at that point and removed Ortiz in favor of rookie John Lackey. Ortiz lasted 2 2/3 innings, which equaled his shortest stint in the regular season.

Lackey immediately gave up back-to-back RBI singles by Nick Johnson and Juan Rivera, increasing the Yankees' lead to 6-1 and giving Ortiz an ugly line of six runs on three hits and four walks.

But Lackey stopped the bleeding with three scoreless innings, allowing the Angels to peck away at the lead. He departed and lefty Scott Schoeneweis retired Giambi for the third out in the sixth, paving the way for Rodriguez's dominance in the seventh and eighth.

Meanwhile, Anaheim had cut the lead to 6-3 in the third on a two-RBI double by Salmon and Kennedy hit a solo home run in the fourth to make it 6-4.

"The story tonight is our bullpen -- flat out," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "The hits were huge, but we'd never have won without Lackey, Schoeneweis and Rodriguez putting up zeroes."

Yankees starter Mike Mussina didn't make it past the fourth, leaving because of tightness in his right groin. He was tagged for four runs on six hits in four innings.

The Yankees brought in Jeff Weaver, and he allowed Anaheim to get within a run at 6-5 in the sixth, when Kennedy drove in Fullmer with a sacrifice fly for his second RBI of the night.

Basking in the afterglow of the clubhouse, Salmon said the Angels will go into Saturday's game with the same approach they've taken all year -- it's just another game to win.

"We're not thinking about, 'Hey, let's go out and win the series tomorrow,'" Salmon said. "We've got nothing to lose. It's the Yankees. We'll see what happens. We'll play nine hard innings tomorrow."

Scioscia agreed.

"We're gonna play our game," he said. "We're bringing our game to the ballpark every night. You can win or lose on that merit and feel good about what you've done."

Doug Miller is a reporter for and can be reached at This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anaheim Angels 9, New York Yankees 6
Soriano, 2B 5000013.083
Jeter, SS 5110011.500
Giambi, 1B 3200201.400
Williams, CF 2210210.273
Ventura, 3B 3013011.273
Posada, C 3001001.083
Mondesi, RF 2100100.222
Johnson, DH 4011022.250
Rivera, J, LF 4021020.375
2B: Ventura (1, Ortiz), Williams (1, Ortiz).
RBI: Ventura 3 (3), Posada (2), Johnson (1), Rivera, J (3).
2-out RBI: Johnson, Rivera, J.
SF: Posada, Ventura.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Johnson, Soriano, Giambi.
Team LOB: 6.
Eckstein, SS 3000001.231
Erstad, CF 5221002.429
Salmon, RF 5124020.286
Ochoa, RF 0000000.000
Anderson, LF 4110111.429
Glaus, 3B 3110101.417
Fullmer, DH 3120012.286
a-Wooten, PH-DH 1000002.600
Spiezio, 1B 3012101.364
Molina, B, C 3000003.250
Kennedy, 2B 3332000.571
a-Popped out for Fullmer in the 7th.
2B: Fullmer (1, Mussina), Salmon (1, Mussina), Anderson (2, Stanton), Kennedy (1, Stanton), Erstad (1, Stanton).
HR: Kennedy (1, 4th inning off Mussina, 0 on, 2 out), Salmon (2, 8th inning off Karsay, 1 on, 1 out).
RBI: Spiezio 2 (5), Salmon 4 (6), Kennedy 2 (3), Erstad (1).
2-out RBI: Kennedy, Spiezio.
S: Molina, B, Eckstein.
SF: Kennedy.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Molina, B 2, Fullmer, Erstad.
Team LOB: 8.
SB: Kennedy (1, 2nd base off Mussina/Posada).
Mussina 4.06440219.00
Weaver 1.21112106.75
Stanton (BS, 1) (L, 0-1) 1.243311011.57
Karsay 0.21110019.00
Ortiz 2.236641020.25
Lackey 3.03001300.00
Schoeneweis 0.100000027.00
Rodriguez (W, 2-0) 2.00000404.50
Percival (S, 2) 1.00000003.86
WP: Ortiz.
IBB: Glaus (by Stanton).
HBP: Glaus (by Mussina), Eckstein (by Weaver), Mondesi (by Ortiz).
Pitches-strikes: Mussina 70-48, Weaver 40-22, Stanton 39-24, Karsay 6-5, Ortiz 64-32, Lackey 51-28, Schoeneweis 3-2, Rodriguez 24-17, Percival 14-9.
Ground outs-fly outs: Mussina 4-6, Weaver 2-2, Stanton 1-3, Karsay 1-1, Ortiz 3-4, Lackey 4-2, Schoeneweis 1-0, Rodriguez 0-2, Percival 1-2.
Batters faced: Mussina 19, Weaver 9, Stanton 10, Karsay 3, Ortiz 16, Lackey 13, Schoeneweis 1, Rodriguez 6, Percival 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Stanton 2-0, Karsay 1-1, Lackey 2-2, Schoeneweis 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Alfonso Marquez. 1B: Derryl Cousins. 2B: Joe West. 3B: Laz Diaz. LF: Gerry Davis. RF: Chuck Meriwether.
Weather: 75 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 6 mph, Out to RF.
T: 3:52.
Att: 45,072.
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner