- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 3, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) Having watched how comebacks are created in the Bronx, the Anaheim Angels put together one of their own.

Garret Anderson and Troy Glaus hit consecutive home runs off Orlando Hernandez in the eighth inning, and the Angels evened their best-of-five AL playoff series by beating the New York Yankees 8-6 in Game2 last night.

A night after failing to bring in Troy Percival in the eighth and watching his bullpen squander a lead, Angels manager Mike Scioscia called for his closer with Anaheim trying to protect a 7-5 edge in the eighth.

Percival got out of the jam, throwing a called third strike past Derek Jeter, who questioned the call, with the bases loaded.

Scott Spiezio then hit a run-scoring double in the ninth off Jeff Weaver, his third hit and RBI.

The Yankees tried for one more comeback in the ninth, with Jorge Posada blooping an RBI single with one out. But with two runners on, Percival struck out Nick Johnson and retired Raul Mondesi on a popup.

Anaheim, which set a team postseason record with 17 hits, then closed out the 4-hour, 11-minute marathon and headed home to California with its first playoff win since 1986, one that gives the Angels hope they can knock off the four-time defending American League champions.

The series resumes Friday with the Angels' Ramon Ortiz facing Mike Mussina.

Early homers by Tim Salmon and Spiezio helped Anaheim put together a 4-0 lead and knock out Andy Pettitte after three innings.

But the Yankees closed to 4-3 against Kevin Appier and went ahead when Alfonso Soriano finally got that elusive 40th homer a two-run shot in the sixth off Francisco Rodriguez, a 20-year-old right-hander who made his major league debut on Sept.18.

El Duque, relegated to the bullpen because of the Yankees' pitching depth, replaced Pettitte in the fourth and showed the poise under pressure he's known for in the postseason, where he was 9-2.

He retired his first 11 batters and 12 of 13, but Anderson tied it when he led off the eighth with a drive into the right-field bleachers.

Yankees manager Joe Torre elected to stay with El Duque rather than go to his regular relievers, and Glaus followed with his third homer of the series.

The shot center stunned the crowd of 56,697 at Yankee Stadium, where New York had won six straight postseason games, including a come-from-behind 8-5 thriller in Tuesday's opener. Adam Kennedy added a sacrifice fly later in the eighth off Mike Stanton.

Anaheim, which stopped a four-game postseason losing streak, built its early lead as Pettitte struggled with his control, going to three balls on four of his first 12 batters.

Solo homers by Salmon in the first and Spiezio in the second put the Angels ahead, and Benji Gil's RBI single later in the second made it 3-0. Spiezio added RBI single in the third, and Pettitte was gone after the inning, having labored through 66 pitches.

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