By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
MAY 22, 2002
GAME 44 - ROYALS AT ANGELS
ANAHEIM – It would have been completely understandable had the Angels lost Wednesday night's game to the Kansas City Royals. After all, a team can't win every night.
And besides, they had fallen behind 5-0 to the best pitcher no one's heard of in Royals starter Paul Byrd, who entered the game tied for the American League-lead with seven victories.
But Byrd eventually tired and the Angels started scoring. And scoring.
Tim Salmon's two-run homer in the seventh got the Angels going, before a five-run eighth inning pushed the Angels past the Royals for a 7-6 victory before 16,163 at Edison Field.
The big hits in the fateful eighth were Darin Erstad's two-run double, which tied the game at 5, and Garret Anderson's two-run double, which gave the Angels the lead.
Troy Percival pitched the ninth and gave up a run but got his eighth save and the Angels' torrid stretch continued. The ...