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Angels Beat Giants 6-5, Force World Series to 7th Game - 2002-10-27


The Anaheim Angels and San Francisco Giants will meet Sunday in a deciding game seven at Edison Field, in Anaheim, California to determine the World Series Champion. A final game became necessary after the Angels tied the series Saturday by winning game six.

The World Series will come down to a deciding seventh game, as the Anaheim Angels rallied for a comeback 6-5 win over the Giants in game six.

Scott Spiezio cut into a 5-0 deficit when he smacked a three-run home run off Felix Rodriguez in the bottom of the seventh inning. Then in the eigth, Darin Erstad led off with a homer, the next two Angels hit safely and Troy Glaus blasted a double off Rob Nenn to drive home the winning run.

Starting pitchers Russ Ortiz and Kevin Apier threw up zeros until the fifth inning, when Shawon Dunston broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer. Barry Bonds led off the sixth inning by launching a 487-foot rocket off Francisco Rodriguez, giving the Giants a 4-0 lead and San Francisco appeared headed to its first championship since 1954.

But the Angels rallied with three runs in the seventh and three more in the eigth and Troy Percival pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to close out the victory.

Game seven, for all the marbles [the championship], will be back here at Edison Field. Livan Hernandez will start for the Giants against rookie John Lackey.

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