Series: Game 3 of 3

Anaheim won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, August 30
Baltimore 2Final
Anaheim 6
Game 2: Saturday, August 31
Baltimore 0Final
Anaheim 9
Game 3: Sunday, September 1
Baltimore 3Final
Anaheim 9

Orioles 3

(63-72, 31-40 away)

Angels 9

(82-54, 46-25 home)

    8:05 PM ET, September 1, 2002

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: J. Lackey (7-3)

    L: R. Lopez (14-7)

    S: T. Percival (32)

    Spiezio knocks in four runs to lift Angels to win

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Scott Spiezio has emerged as a major contributor during the Anaheim Angels' playoff chase.

    Scott Spiezio

    Spiezio set a new career best for RBI Sunday night, driving in four with a three-run homer and an RBI single as the Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-3 Sunday night.

    "I've always been a guy who believes in driving in runs any way possible,'' Spiezio said. "I've made some adjustments this year and I'm trying to do things a little bit differently. It's paying off, and I'm just going to try to continue to do the same thing.''

    Spiezio gave Anaheim a 3-1 lead in the second with his ninth homer, following a leadoff single by Garret Anderson and a walk to Troy Glaus. Spiezio's eighth-inning RBI increased his season total to 69, eclipsing his previous best of 65 with Oakland in 1997. He has 20 in his last 21 games, and is fourth on the club in RBIs -- three more than Darin Erstad. "The pleasant surprise with Speez is the way he's swinging the bat right-handed,'' manager Mike Scioscia said. "That's why his numbers have been a pleasant surprise. But there was no doubt in our minds from the outset of the season that he could knock in runs and contribute what he has.''

    Adam Kennedy capped a five-run eighth inning with a three-run homer, helping Anaheim win its fourth straight and 15th in 21 games. The Angels are 2½ games ahead of Seattle in the AL wild-card race and 3½ out in the West behind Oakland, winners of 18 straight.

    The Angels, who won three division titles but never a pennant in their previous 41 seasons of existence, improved to a club-record 28 games over .500 (82-54).

    "The whole order has been doing a great job,'' Spiezio said after the Angels completed their first three-game sweep of the Orioles in nine years. "I think the big thing is getting key hits in key situations with guys in scoring positions.''

    John Lackey (7-3) won for the fifth time in six decisions. He gave up two runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings and struck out four, helping send the Orioles to their ninth straight loss.

    "We'll get through this and get out of it, and we'll be OK,'' Baltimore manager Mike Hargrove said. "Right now, it's ugly. Every little glitch and every little mistake that you make is magnified. But at least we didn't beat ourselves tonight, which is what we've done pretty regularly in these past nine games. It'll be good to get home, you bet.''

    Lackey departed with a 4-1 lead and the bases loaded before Brendan Donnelly came on and walked Chris Richard to force in a run. Donnelly had stranded all 21 previous runners he inherited this season and retired his first batter in 28 of 31 appearances.

    "The two things every reliever takes pride in is getting the first batter he faces and keeping the other peoples' runners on base,'' Donnelly said. "A lot of it has had to do with quality defensive plays after I've come into the game.''

    Baltimore put runners at second and third in the seventh against Ben Weber, who escaped the jam by striking out Melvin Mora and retiring Jerry Hairston on a groundout.

    Scott Schoeneweis surrendered a two-out double by Jeff Conine and a bloop RBI single by Jay Gibbons, trimming Anaheim's lead to a run in the eighth. But Troy Percival got four outs for his 32nd save in 36 attempts.

    Rookie Rodrigo Lopez (14-7) allowed four runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. The right-hander is 2-4 since winning all six starts in July, when he became the first Orioles pitcher in 23 years to go 6-0 in a month.

    The Angels made it 4-1 in the fifth when Erstad singled, stole second and scored on Orlando Palmeiro's double. Spiezio and Brad Fullmer had RBI singles in the eighth against Willis Roberts and Kennedy greeted Buddy Groom with his fifth homer this season -- all of them coming at Edison Field.

    The Orioles, no-hit through 5 1/3 innings in each of the previous two games by Mickey Callaway and Ramon Ortiz, got hits from three of their first four batters. Hairston opened the scoring with his fifth home run after Mora led off with a single and was caught stealing by Bengie Molina.

    Game notes

    The victory clinched Scioscia's second winning season in three years as a big-league manager. The Angels were 82-80 in 2000, before slipping to 75-87 last year. ... All seven of the Angels' three-game sweeps against the Orioles have been at home -- the previous one coming on May 28-30, 1993. ... All five of Hairston's homers have been solo shots. ... Tony Batista was 1-for-19 this season against Anaheim before his first-inning single to center, but Erstad threw him out trying to stretch it into a double. ... Erstad has 43 outfield assists in his career and 11 this season. Angels outfielders have 23 assists. ... Glaus, who stole second and third base in the fourth, is 19-for-25 on stolen base attempts since the start of last season.

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