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Relive Angels' comeback in 2002 WS Game 6

@RhettBollinger
May 23, 2020

The 2002 World Series between the Angels and Giants was an instant classic. In Game 6, the Giants looked to be on their way to winning the World Series with a five-run lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, keyed by homers from Shawon Dunston and Barry Bonds,

The 2002 World Series between the Angels and Giants was an instant classic.

In Game 6, the Giants looked to be on their way to winning the World Series with a five-run lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, keyed by homers from Shawon Dunston and Barry Bonds, only to see the Angels make a memorable rally. Scott Spiezio got the Angels back into the game with a three-run homer off Felix Rodriguez in the seventh, and the "Rally Monkey" was in full swing at Edison International Field.

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In the eighth inning, Darin Erstad led off with a home run off Tim Worrell to get the Angels within one run. World Series MVP Troy Glaus gave the Angels the lead with a two-run double off closer Robb Nen to complete the unlikely comeback. Closer Troy Percival threw a perfect ninth inning to get the save and send the series to a seventh and final game.

The Angels turned to rookie John Lackey in the deciding Game 7 at home and he delivered by allowing one run over five innings. The lone run he gave up came in the second inning on a sacrifice fly from Reggie Sanders. The Angels tied it in the bottom of the frame on an RBI double from Bengie Molina off Livan Hernandez.

Garret Anderson provided the big hit in the third inning -- a three-run double off Hernandez to give the Angels a 4-1 lead. After Lackey departed, rookie Brendan Donnelly threw two scoreless innings, fellow rookie Francisco Rodríguez threw a scoreless eighth with three strikeouts and Percival closed it out in the ninth to give the Angels their first World Series title.

The final out came on a fly ball to center field from Kenny Lofton. After Erstad made the catch, the Angels celebrated wildly on the field, with Percival memorably lifting his arms toward the sky before Molina jumped into his arms.

Rhett Bollinger covers the Angels for MLB.com. He previously covered the Twins from 2011-18. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.