Angels Pull Off Another Comeback For 5-3 Win

Everyone knew that June's schedule was a killer and the Phillies aren't exactly skipping their way through the month. After a short three-game win streak, the up and down Phillies lost their last two games in Anaheim and have fallen ten games behind the front-running Atlanta Braves in National League East.

After starting another season slowly, the Anaheim Angels are beginning to heat up.

Benji Gil highlighted a four-run sixth inning with a two-run homer as the Angels rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Phils in the rubber game of a three-game interleague series.

Anaheim lost 14 of its first 20 games last season but finished 23 games over .500 and won its first championship. The Angels started this season in similar fashion but have won 19 of the last 32 games, including seven of ten, to move a season-high three games over .500.

The Angels continued to prove that they are one of the most dangerous comeback teams in baseball against the Phillies, who had a 2-1 lead entering the sixth inning. Anaheim's Garret Anderson opened the inning with a single off Phillies starter Brett Myers (5-6) and Brad Fullmer had a base hit with one out. Adam Kennedy walked to load the bases before Bengie Molina singled to plate Anderson and Fullmer for a 3-2 lead.

Gil followed with his first homer since August 8, 2002, driving a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left-center field to give the Angels a 5-2 lead and chase Myers.

Anaheim reliever Ben Weber (2-0) struck out the last batter in the fifth inning and the first two in the sixth to record the victory. Troy Percival worked around a walk in the ninth for his 10th save. Angels starter Kevin Appier failed to win his fourth straight decision despite allowing two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Anaheim jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Scott Spiezio's homer off Myers with one out in the third. It was the only hit of the game for Spiezio, who has eight hits his last 15 at-bats.

The Phillies took their only lead in the fifth. Appier walked David Bell with one out before allowing a double to Marlon Byrd. Bell scored on Jimmy Rollins' infield single and Placido Polanco's base hit plated Byrd for a 2-1 edge.

Appier allowed a two-out double to Jason Michaels in the sixth and walked Bell before giving way to Weber, who struck out Byrd to escaped the jam. Weber opened the seventh by striking out Rollins and Polanco before being replaced by Scott Schoeneweis.

The Phillies are off Thursday and start a series in Cincinnati Friday with Kevin Millwood going against Jimmy Haynes.


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