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Sunday, 27 October, 2002, 04:23 GMT
Anaheim comeback stuns Giants
KAnaheim Angels Darin Erstad is congratulated by teammate Tim Salmon after hitting a solo homerun
Erstad's homer sparked Anaheim's comeback
Scott Spiezio and Darin Erstad homered and Troy Glaus doubled in the winning run as Anaheim claimed a dramatic 6-5 win over San Francisco.

The Angels had trailed 5-0, but in the seventh inning Anaheim's Rally Monkey made his appearance and the team responded to force a deciding seventh game on Sunday.

"It was a great ballgame," Angels manager Mike Scoscia said.

"When you have two teams that have such a passion and going after it that hard, special things can happen and tonight was one of those nights."


Tonight was pretty amazing - it is going to give us a lot of confidence for tomorrow
Scott Spiezio

After six innings of shutout pitching from Russ Ortiz and home runs from Barry Bonds and Shawon Dunston, the Giants looked set to claim their first World Series title since 1954.

Dunston struck the most surprising blow of the game, curling a drive over the low fence in the left-field corner to break a scoreless tie in the fifth.

Bonds hit his fourth home run of the Series, a huge solo shot in the sixth that made it 4-0 before Kenny Lofton scored in the seventh.

But having come from behind in 43 regular season wins and four more in the playoffs, the never-say-die Angels made their move late in the game.

Spiezio began the fight back cracking a three-run homer off Felix Rodriguez to bring in Glaus and Brad Fullmer.

"I was praying 'God please get over the fence' and it seemed to take forever to go out. It is the biggest hit I ever had," said Spiezio.

Anaheim Angels Troy Glaus hits a two-run double to score the go-ahead run in the eighth inning
Glaus hits the two-run double that put the Angels ahead
Erstad added fuel to the rally with a leadoff homer in the eighth off Tim Worrell and suddenly San Francisco's once comfortable lead had been cut to a single run at 5-4.

With the sell-out crowd of 44,506 on its feet, Glaus lined a double to the wall in centre field, bringing in the tying and go-ahead runs from Garret Anderson and Chone Figgins.

Clinging to a one-run lead, Angels stopper Troy Percival came on to get the final three outs, retiring the side and sending the crowd into wild celebrations.

Giants boss Dusty Baker conceded: "That as a heck of a comeback by them. They started hitting pretty good. We got a little ahead of ourselves in the bullpen."

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