- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 12, 2002

ANAHEIM, Calif. The Anaheim Angels monkeyed around with Minnesota for seven innings, then watched Troy Glaus put them in control of the American League Championship Series.
Glaus hit a tiebreaking homer off J.C. Romero in the eighth inning, and the Angels got two great defensive plays in the ninth to beat the Twins 2-1 last night to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.
Garret Anderson's second-inning homer off Eric Milton had put the Angels ahead, and Jarrod Washburn seemed unstoppable until Jacque Jones' RBI double in the seventh, which ended his 0-for-18 skid.
Then came the Rally Monkey, who during the regular season appears only when the Angels trail after the fifth inning. Like closer Troy Percival, he's coming in a little earlier than usual during the postseason.
"It's fun playing in the postseason," Glaus said. "That's why we put all the time and effort in in spring training."
Anaheim failed to get a run despite advancing a runner to third with one out in the seventh, but Glaus led off the eighth with his fourth homer of the postseason, an opposite-field drive into the right-field bleachers off Romero, the Twins' fifth pitcher.
Percival then closed it out with a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save of the postseason. He got a fine diving catch from right fielder Alex Ochoa for the first out and a sliding catch in shallow left by Anderson for the last out.
"They were both fantastic catches," Percival said. "That last one, I thought there was no chance in the world at it, because I know Garret was playing fairly deep with a lefty up covering that gap. But he comes in on the ball better than anybody I've seen in left field. I'm glad to have him out there."
Anaheim, 3-0 at home in the playoffs, has become as dominant at Edison International Field as the Twins are at the Metrodome. The crowd of 44,234, nearly all wearing red, banged their Thunder Stix from start to finish, getting especially fired up when the Rally Monkey started appearing on the right-field video board in the bottom of the seventh.
Even Torii Hunter and the other Twins outfielders looked up at the board as the monkey appeared in scenes from "Animal House," "Risky Business" and "Star Trek."
With the next two games at home, the Angels send John Lackey to the mound tonight against Brad Radke hoping to move within a victory of the first World Series appearance in the 42-season history of the franchise.
Washburn was dominant. He started his first 12 batters with strikes, allowed just two leadoff batters to reach base and went to a three-ball count twice.
He gave up six hits all singles until Jones' double struck out seven and walked none in seven innings before turning it over to the best bullpen in baseball. Francisco Rodriguez improved to 3-0 in the postseason by striking out two in a perfect eighth.
Milton, 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA in five career starts at Anaheim coming in, was hurt only by Anderson, his least-favorite Angels batter. Anderson, a .364 (8-for-22) hitter with four homers off Milton coming in, turned on a 91 mph chest-high pitch leading off the second inning, depositing it in the right-field bleachers.
Hunter had helped him out in the first inning when he jumped at the warning track and reached high against the fence to catch a drive by Tim Salmon, back in the lineup after leaving Game2 with a tight right hamstring.
Anaheim nearly went ahead in the seventh when Bengie Molina walked against LaTroy Hawkins leading off. Benji Gil sacrificed and David Eckstein singled, a ball that went just off the webbing of the glove of second baseman Luis Rivas, who tried for a leaping grab.
Pinch-runner Chone Figgins went to third, and Johan Santana came in to face Darin Erstad. He threw a wild pitch that bounced about 40 feet up the third-base line, but Figgins held as Eckstein advanced.
Erstad then grounded to Rivas, who threw out Figgins at the plate. Mike Jackson walked Salmon, loading the bases, and Anderson flied to the right-field warning track against Romero.
Notes Minnesota's Dustin Mohr, who replaced Michael Cuddyer in right field, made his first start since going 0-for-6 against Cleveland on Sept.25. Mohr went 2-for-3. Anaheim's Shawn Wooten had a hit-and-run single on his 12th pitch from Milton in the second inning.


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