Series: Game 3 of 3

Anaheim won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, September 27
Seattle 7Final
in 12
Anaheim 6
Game 2: Saturday, September 28
Seattle 4Final
Anaheim 8
Game 3: Sunday, September 29
Seattle 6Final
Anaheim 7

Mariners 6

(93-69, 45-36 away)

Angels 7


    4:05 PM ET, September 29, 2002

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: M. Lukasiewicz (2-0)

    L: I. Valdez (8-12)

    S: B. Donnelly (1)

    Angels cap club-best season with win

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Anaheim Angels walked off the field following their regular-season finale to chants of "Beat New York! Beat New York!''

    Heading to their first postseason game in 16 years, they beat Seattle 7-6 on Sunday before a festive sellout crowd of 42,878 mostly clad in Angels' red.

    Watching the end of the best regular season in Angels' history, fans gave standing ovations to virtually every move Anaheim players made, and began their "Beat New York!'' chorus as the game ended.

    Troy Glaus hit a grand slam in the first inning for the Angels, who built a 6-0 lead then held on for their 99th win.

    Aaron Sele came off the disabled list and, although he's not on the roster for the opening playoff series, would be available if Anaheim advances to the AL championship series. Mark Lukasiewicz (2-0) pitched one inning for the win.

    The Angels, who finished four games behind Oakland in the AL West but won the wild card, play the Yankees in New York on Tuesday and Wednesday. The series resumes with Game 3 on Friday at Anaheim.

    "You can take the regular season, all the statistics, crumple all that up and throw it in the waste basket,'' Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said. "Now we're bringing our best game to New York, and I'm sure the Yankees will be bringing theirs.''

    Jarrod Washburn is expected to pitch against Roger Clemens in the opener.

    "It doesn't get any better than that,'' he said. "I can't wait.''

    The Angels, who clinched the wild card and eliminated Seattle on Thursday, started their usual lineup Sunday after resting most of the regulars the previous two days.

    "This weekend's been fun for all of us,'' Scioscia said after the Angels won two of the final three. "It's been a grind all season, and I think some of our guys needed to be able to step back and catch their breath. Now I think we're where we should be.''

    Seattle, which won an AL-record 116 games and the West title last year, finished this season with 93 victories, third in the division behind Oakland and Anaheim.

    "We've been used to going to the postseason the past few years, so this time of year we're used to going to the next town,'' Seattle manager Lou Piniella said. "Ninety-three wins is usually good enough for the playoffs.

    "But not this year. It's an empty feeling now.''

    Glaus' second career grand slam came with one out against Ismael Valdes (8-12). The shot over the fence in center was Glaus' team-high 30th of the season.

    Brad Fullmer also homered, leading off the fifth against Valdes. It was Fullmer's 19th home run.

    Down 6-0, the Mariners closed the gap on Willie Bloomquist's two-run single in the fifth and Ben Davis' three-run homer off Al Levine in a four-run seventh inning.

    Sele gave up two runs and three hits in 4 1-3 innings, with one strikeout and two walks. He threw 60 pitches and came out after walking Dan Wilson and giving up a single to Jeff Cirillo in the fifth.

    Sele had gone on the disabled list with a torn muscle in his right rotator cuff on Aug. 21.

    Brendan Donnelly, the Angels' 31-year-old rookie, pitched the ninth to earn his first save.

    Game notes

    Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia had expected Sele might pitch for three innings or so. Since he kept his pitch count relatively low, Sele got to go longer. ... The Mariners went 38-36 after the All-Star break. ... Although they finished behind the Angels, the Mariners went 10-9 against them. ... Seattle became the first team since the 1986-87-88 New York Mets to win 300 games in a three-year stretch. The Mariners won 91 games in 2000, 116 last year and 93 this year. ... Seattle CF Ichiro Suzuki finished his first two major league seasons with more hits -- 450 -- than any other player in history. ... Glaus tied a career high with 111 RBI, and Anderson tied a career high with 123. ... Davis was the first Seattle pinch-hitter to homer since Sept. 25 of last year. ... The Angels home attendance was 2,305,565 for the season, an increase of 304,646 over last year.

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