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Game 3 October 4, 2002
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3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0   6 6 0
0 1 2 1 0 1 1 3     9 12 0
W: Rodriguez (2-0, 4.50)   L: Stanton (0-1, 11.57)   S: Percival (0-0, 3.86)
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Holy comeback! Angels top NY

By Mark Feinsand /

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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.

"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. More >

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By Doug Miller /

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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. More >

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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 

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