Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Anaheim won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, September 13
Texas 2Final
Anaheim 3
Game 2: Saturday, September 14
Texas 6Final
Anaheim 8
Game 3: Sunday, September 15
Texas 4Final
Anaheim 13

Rangers 4

(69-80, 29-45 away)

Angels 13

(94-55, 52-26 home)

    8:05 PM ET, September 15, 2002

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: R. Ortiz (14-9)

    L: K. Rogers (13-8)

    Glaus has six RBI as Angels crush Rangers

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Anaheim Angels are in the driver's seat in the AL West. Troy Glaus put them there with three majestic home runs.

    Troy Glaus

    Troy Glaus was the 2002 World Series MVP after batting .385 with three homers and eight RBI.

    The Angels took sole possession of first place for the first time this season and set a club record with their 94th win, beating the Texas Rangers 13-4 Sunday night.

    "That's what you play for,'' center fielder Darin Erstad said. "It's a very special thing we've got going here. And we're not done yet. We've done a real good job focusing on each individual day, and that's what we're going to continue to do.''

    The Angels' 16th victory in 17 games -- coupled with Oakland's loss to Seattle -- gave them a one-game lead over the Athletics heading into Monday's opener of a four-game series at Oakland.

    "We need wins, no matter where it is or who it's against. That's our only focus. That's all we're here to do,'' Glaus said. "If we play well, we'll give ourselves the best chance we possibly can. Oakland's one of the best teams going, so we look forward to the opportunity.''

    Anaheim's magic number for clinching a playoff spot is six. It would be the franchise's first postseason berth in 16 years.

    "I think Oakland's got the best team in the American League,'' Texas shortstop Alex Rodriguez said. "But Anaheim, as hot as they are right not, they can beat anyone. They need to ride that wave right into the postseason and not cool off before then.''

    The last time the Angels led their division alone in September was exactly four years ago -- on Sept. 15, 1998, when they were 81-69 with a one-game edge over Texas. But they lost eight of their final 12 and finished three games behind the Rangers.

    The last time the Angels led the division by themselves at any point in the season was April 11, 2000.

    Glaus tied a career high with six RBI, giving him 101 this year and making him the second player in team history with three consecutive 100-RBI seasons. Garret Anderson also accomplished the feat this year.

    Glaus hit a solo homer off Kenny Rogers (13-8) in the fifth inning, a two-run shot off Jay Powell in the seventh and a three-run drive against Juan Alvarez in the eighth for his 27th of the season and first career three-homer game.

    "He's capable of doing that at any time,'' Erstad said. "He has the ability to single-handedly win a game, and there aren't a lot of guys in the game who can do that.''

    Ramon Ortiz (14-9) won his fifth straight decision, allowing four runs and five hits in seven innings. The right-hander struck out six and improved to 9-1 career against Texas.

    The Angels, who overcame a 5-0 deficit in the first inning to beat the Rangers 7-6 Saturday, scored five times in the first en route to their sixth straight win.

    Shawn Wooten hit a two-run double to open the scoring. Benji Gil and Alex Ochoa added RBI singles, and Gil scored the fifth run when Rodriguez threw wildly to second for his eighth error of the season.

    Earlier in the inning, Erstad was safe at second on a fielder's choice grounder to second by Glaus. Rodriguez took the backhanded flip from Michael Young after crossing over the bag, and umpire Jerry Meals didn't let Rodriguez get away with the neighborhood play.

    "That was the most bizarre first inning I've ever been involved with in my career,'' Rodriguez said. "But we still felt optimistic having Kenny on the mound -- especially after yesterday after they came back from a 5-0 deficit. So we had that to drive us tonight.''

    The Rangers narrowed the gap to 5-3 in the fourth on Hank Blalock's sacrifice fly and Young's two-run double off the glove of a diving Tim Salmon near the right-field line.

    Rogers allowed seven runs -- five earned -- and six hits in five innings, including back-to-back homers by Glaus and Scott Spiezio in the fifth.

    Ivan Rodriguez led off the sixth with his 17th home run and the 218th by the Rangers, who lead the majors. They have homered in 32 of their last 33 games and each of their last 17 on the road.

    Game notes


    The Rangers committed three errors in the first inning after making only one in their previous 10 games. ... Rogers is 9-9 with a 4.73 ERA in 25 starts against the Angels since pitching a perfect game against them July 28, 1994. ... No one has attempted to steal second base against Rogers in any of his 31 starts. ... Angels SS David Eckstein was out with a hip flexor, 2B Adam Kennedy had the flu and Anderson was sidelined by a strained right hamstring. Anderson, who leads the Angels with 26 homers and 114 RBIs, was injured while beating out an infield hit Saturday. ... The Angels are 48 games over .500 (147-99) when Eckstein starts in the leadoff spot -- and 22-43 when he doesn't. ... Glaus became the 10th Angels player to hit three homers in a game, and first since Dave Winfield on April 13, 1991, at Minnesota. ... Glaus' 25 career homers against the Rangers are his most against any opponent.

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