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ALDS GAME 2: ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK ANGELS RALLY TO EVEN SERIES AT GAME APIECE ANGELS 8, NEW YORK 6.

Byline: Joe Haakenson Staff Writer

NEW YORK - Mike Scioscia got his mulligan, Troy Percival got the ball and the Angels got their first postseason victory in 16 years.

One night after he was criticized for not going to his closer in the eighth inning, the Angels manager summoned Percival in a strikingly similar situation Wednesday night. Percival's performance wasn't pretty but the results were all the Angels cared about after coming away with an 8-6 victory in front of 56,695 at Yankee Stadium to even the best-of-five series at a game apiece.

The game featured plenty of hitting by both teams, particularly the Angels, who pounded out 17 hits, including home runs from Tim Salmon, Scott Spiezio, Garret Anderson and Troy Glaus.

``We're still in this,'' Scioscia said. ``This gives us a little momentum now going back home, but we've got a big challenge ahead of us.''

The Yankees got homers from Derek Jeter and Alfonso Soriano, Soriano's turning a 4-3 Angels lead into a 5-4 Yankees advantage in the sixth inning.

With the Angels staring at a 0-2 deficit in the series, lightning struck - twice - in the eighth inning.

Anderson and Glaus hit back-to-back homers to give the Angels a 6-5 lead. The Angels added another run in the eighth to go up 7-5 but the lead was far from safe as the Yankees put another scare into the Angels in the bottom of the eighth.

After Nick Johnson singled with one out, Raul Mondesi hit a chopper up the middle that pitcher Ben Weber tried to grab with his bare hand. Mondesi was safe with an infield single and Weber had to leave the game with a sprained index finger on his right hand.

Scioscia summoned Brendan Donnelly, who gave up Tuesday's three-run homer to Bernie Williams. This time, Donnelly struck out John Vander Wal looking.

With two outs, Scioscia brought in Percival, who hit Soriano on the back with his first pitch to load the bases. Up next was Jeter, who struck out looking to end a breathtaking threat and the inning.

Percival struggled in the ninth, giving up a run and three hits, but he got Raul Mondesi to pop out with the tying runs on base to end it.

Orlando Hernandez relieved ineffective Yankees starter Andy Pettitte and immediately shut down the Angels' offense. The Angels had four runs and eight hits off Pettitte in three innings before Hernandez came in and retired the first 11 batters he faced.

Hernandez held the Angels to just Darin Erstad's infield single in his four innings going into the eighth when Anderson and Glaus went back-to-back, turning the raucous crowd into a polite spectators.

Pettitte was the Yankees' hottest pitcher coming into the playoffs, going 5-0 in September. But the Angels knocked him out of the game quickly.

Salmon homered with two outs and nobody on in the first, and Spiezio hit his homer with nobody on and one out in the second. The Angels added another run in the second when Shawn Wooten singled, went to third on Bengie Molina's single and scored on Benji Gil's single.

The Angels used three singles in the third to score another run, Anderson scoring on Spiezio's two-out single to put the Angels up 4-0.

The Yankees, though, chipped away at the lead against Angels starter Kevin Appier. Jeter homered in the third to make it 4-1, and they added two runs in the fourth thanks to a couple of bloop hits and a walk.

Robin Ventura opened the inning with popup to shallow center. Eckstein appeared to have a play but center fielder Darin Erstad called him off, and though Erstad got a glove on the ball, it fell in for a single.

Appier got two outs sandwiched around a walk to Johnson, bringing up No. 9 hitter Juan Rivera, who reached out and hit a blooper off the end of the bat. That fell, too, scoring both baserunners and cutting the Angels' lead to 4-3.

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(color) Troy Glaus, right, congratulates Garret Anderson on his eighth- inning solo homer. Glaus then duplicated the feat to give the Angels the lead.

Bill Kostroun/Associated Press

Box:

(1) ANGELS 8, YANKEES 6

(2) ANGELS vs. NEW YORK YANKEES

Best-of-five series tied 1-1
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Date:Oct 3, 2002
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