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Angels' comeback stuns Yankees
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 9      6   Final
10/05/2002 00:07 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
Angels' comeback stuns Yankees
New York facing elimination in Game 4
By Mark Feinsand /

The game is tied as Alfonso Soriano can't reach Scott Spezio's single in the seventh inning. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- After 16 years without a home playoff game, the Angels proved that they have some magic of their own at Edison Field. Anaheim erased a 6-1 deficit to beat the Yankees 9-6 in Game 3 of the American League Division Series, taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.

The Angels scored four times in the seventh and eighth innings to put the Yankees away, putting New York on the brink of elimination heading into Saturday's Game 4.

"Everybody knows now, the bottom line is you win or you go home," said Derek Jeter. "There's nothing else to be said. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that we have to come out and play a good game."

After scoring six times in the first two innings, the Yankees' offense went into shutdown mode. Anaheim's bullpen held New York to one hit over the final six innings, retiring 18 of the final 20 Yankees to end the game.

Back to "They made good pitches and we couldn't get anything going," Jeter said. "We tried to be patient, but they were throwing a lot of strikes. They came in and did an outstanding job."

New York took advantage of Ramon Ortiz's early control problems, using a single and two walks to load the bases. Robin Ventura doubled to the gap in left-center to score two runs, and Jorge Posada added a sacrifice fly, giving the Yankees a 3-0 lead before the Angels came to bat.

Anaheim scored a run off starter Mike Mussina in the second on Scott Spiezio's RBI groundout, but the Yankees jumped on Ortiz again in the third, as Ventura, Nick Johnson and Juan Rivera each drove in a run to put New York ahead 6-1 after three innings.

The Angels bounced back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third on Tim Salmon's two-run double down the left-field line. Adam Kennedy added a solo home run in the fourth off Mussina, making it a two-run ballgame.

    Mike Mussina   /   P
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 185
Bats/Throws: R/R

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"It was a curveball down and away, he just went out ahead and hit it," said Mussina of the pitch to Salmon. "I thought it was a decent pitch for a first-pitch breaking ball, he just put a good swing on it."

Unfortunately for the Yankees, Mussina felt tightness in his right groin on the last pitch of the third and was forced to leave the game after four innings.

"You can't step down the hill. You pull a muscle, and you can't do anything the same as you can when you're healthy," said Mussina, who allowed four runs on six hits, striking out two in four innings of work. "It didn't really kill me [after the third], so I thought maybe it wasn't too bad. I went out to warm up for the fourth and it was still bothersome. I did what I could to get through the fourth inning and then I told them I couldn't go anymore."

    Jeff Weaver   /   P
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 200
Bats/Throws: R/R

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Jeff Weaver threw a scoreless fifth, but got into trouble in the sixth. Brad Fullmer singled to lead off the inning and Spiezio walked. Bengie Molina bunted the runners over, putting them both in scoring position. Kennedy hit a sac fly to left, scoring Fullmer to make it a 6-5 game.

Weaver hit David Eckstein with a 1-1 pitch, putting runners at the corners for Darin Erstad. That brought manager Joe Torre out of the dugout, turning the ball over to Mike Stanton. The southpaw got Erstad to fly out to Williams in center, ending the threat to preserve the one-run lead for New York.

Francisco Rodriguez sat the Yankees down in order in the seventh, bringing Anaheim back to the plate against Stanton. Salmon struck out, but Garret Anderson doubled down the right-field line to put the tying run in scoring position.

Stanton intentionally walked Troy Glaus to set up a potential double play, then got pinch-hitter Shawn Wooten to pop out to Alfonso Soriano in shallow right field for the second out. Spiezio worked the count full against Stanton before hitting a bloop shot to shallow right-center field. Soriano went back for it and made a desperate dive, but the ball hit the ground, allowing Anderson to score from second, tying the game 6-6 after seven.

     Mike Stanton  /  P
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 215
Bats/Throws: L/L

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"We knew coming in that they were a tough lineup and that they didn't strike out a whole lot and that they didn't walk a whole lot," Stanton said. "That's exactly what they've shown us, that they can put the bat on the ball. We made some pretty good pitches and they still hit them."

Rodriguez (2-0) retired the side in order again in the eighth, bringing Stanton back to the mound. Kennedy led off with a fly ball to right, which Mondesi had to run hard to get to. The ball glanced off Mondesi's glove, and Kennedy wound up on second with a double. Eckstein bunted him to third, putting the go-ahead run just 90 feet away.

Erstad, who stranded two runners against Stanton (0-1) in the sixth, got his redemption with a double to right field, scoring Kennedy to give Anaheim a 7-6 lead. It was the Angels' first lead of the game, having battled back from a 6-1 deficit.

"That was possibly my one mistake," said Stanton of the pitch to Erstad. "It wasn't a bad pitch, but it was a little higher than I wanted. I wanted to bounce it, and I didn't quite get it down there. I'm looking for a strikeout, and if I can get it down a little further, maybe he swings over the top of it. I didn't."

    Steve Karsay   /   P
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 210
Bats/Throws: R/R

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Steve Karsay relieved Stanton, entering his third consecutive game after the Angels had taken a one-run lead. Salmon launched Karsay's first pitch to left field, sneaking it inside the foul pole for a two-run home run, his second of the series. The Angels led 9-6, needing just three outs to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

Troy Percival gave them those three outs, retiring the top of the Yankees' batting order to nail down his second save of the series, putting New York's back against the wall heading into Saturday.

The Yankees will try to extend their season by at least one more game on Saturday, as David Wells (0-0) takes on Jarrod Washburn (1-0) in Game 4 at Edison Field.

"You judge how good a team is by how they respond to the negative stuff," Torre said. "It was a terrible night tonight. One game gets us going home. That's what we're looking forward to."

Mark Feinsand is a reporter for He 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