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Updated: Wednesday October 23, 2002 9:15 AM
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Anaheim Angels
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W Ramon Ortiz
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L Livan Hernandez
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  Scott Spiezio

SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- Livan Hernandez's postseason magic ran out. The Anaheim Angels' offensive juggernaut rolled on.

Hernandez was racked for six runs in 3 2/3 innings and lost for the first time in seven career postseason decisions as the Angels pounded out 16 hits in a 10-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants in Game Three of the World Series.

The hit-happy Angels scored in double digits for the second straight game and took a two games to one lead in the series, regaining home-field advantage.

Hernandez (0-1) came in as one of just five pitchers to win his first six postseason decisions. The 1997 World Series Most Valuable Player, Hernandez's teams never had lost any of the eight postseason games in which he had appeared.

But the Cuban righthander ran into the hottest hitting team in recent memory. Entering the contest with a .331 postseason batting average - the highest since the advent of divisional play in 1969 - Anaheim continued to rip the ball, whether it was livelier or not.

"You can't win all the time," Hernandez said. "It was tough to get a postseason loss, but it is tougher on the team than on me. This series isn't over. I feel bad because we lost and I didn't throw like I wanted to."

The Angels became the first World Series team to bat around in consecutive innings, scoring four runs in both the fourth and fifth. Every position player had a hit and all but Garret Anderson and Bengie Molina scored a run.

Of course, Anderson drove in a run and Molina - hitless in the first two games - tied a World Series record by reaching five times in five plate appearances, a trick turned by teammate Tim Salmon in Game Two.

"It's nice," Molina said. "I'm glad I can do my job and help the team. ... Coming up before the pitcher, you just hope he can get some knocks or a bloop or something. No one wants to make an out."

"Nothing can explain it," Angels second baseman Adam Kennedy said. "Guys are hitting the ball hard. Once the season's over, we'll have time to reflect. Right now we're just focused on continuing this in the next game. Everybody does their part. Spiezio had a huge night. Guys have really good at-bats. Tonight everybody contributed and we got the win. We've got guys that know how to hit. Pick a guy and they've had good at-bats for us."

Hernandez (0-1), who tied for the National League lead with 16 losses during the regular season, allowed five hits and five walks.

"It's tough to win when you get behind in the count," Hernandez added. "I didn't get my pitches on the corners called so I had to come back over the plate more. The umpire called it a little tight and that didn't work for me. I had to throw too many pitches and their guys seemed very comfortable."

"Livan didn't have a good night," Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti said. "He got behind and that got them ahead."

Angels starter Ramon Ortiz (1-0), who entered the game with a 10.03 ERA this month, did not pitch well but was much better than Hernandez. The righthander allowed four runs and five hits in five inings, walking four and striking out three.

As has been the case throughout this posteason, Anaheim's bullpen was stellar. Rookie Brendan Donnelly tossed two hitless innings and Scott Schoeneweis struck out a pair over two scoreless frames.

"We have to try and be more patient up there," Giants right fielder Reggie Sanders said. "Their bullpen pitched well again and they all had us fishing at their pitches."

The Giants' Barry Bonds continued his stellar postseason by homering in his third straight game, tying Hank Bauer's World Series record. Bonds' fifth-inning blast to center field was his seventh homer of the postseason, adding another record to collection.

"I thought the homer might have picked us up for a moment, but they came right back at us and scored," Bonds said.

Bonds also walked twice, tying Gary Sheffield's record for walks in a postseason with 20.

"The walk record means nothing to me," Bonds said. "I just want a World Series ring; that's my goal."

Game Four is Wednesday, with the Giants turning to lefthander Kirk Rueter to try to get them even. The Angels counter with rookie righthander John Lackey, who worked in relief in Game Two and will be pitching on his 24th birthday.

Hernandez cruised through the first, and the Giants staked him to a 1-0 lead on an RBI groundout by Benito Santiago in the bottom half.

Hernandez escaped a second-inning jam by striking out Ortiz but was not as fortunate in the third. David Eckstein opened with a walk and Darin Erstad doubled. Tim Salmon grounded sharply to third and reached when David Bell failed to field a high hop.

Hernandez got Anderson on a flyout, but Troy Glaus made it 2-1 with a single. Scott Spiezio delivered a triple into the gap in right-center field, scoring Salmon and Glaus for a 4-1 cushion.

Hernandez continued to flounder in the fourth. Erstad singled with one out and Salmon walked. After a double steal, Anderson plated a run with a groundout and Giants manager Dusty Baker pulled Hernandez for Jay Witasick.

Glaus walked, Spiezio made it 6-1 with a single and Adam Kennedy lined an RBI single off the pitcher's right hip. Witasick opted to stay in the game but surrendered a run-scoring hit to Molina.

"We go up there and we rarely swing at anything not close to the plate," Eckstein said. "We make adjustments and we don't give at-bats away. We're very confident. We had a spectacular night, but we've been confident and on a roll all season."

"We're locked in at the plate right now," Salmon said. "You don't necesarily expect this in the postseason. That's really the way we've been all season. Sometimes you get at at times during the season. We've just been hot this postseason and we went into this postseason with some guys hot."

Ortiz got through the fourth but ran into trouble in the fifth. After Kenny Lofton ripped a long flyout, Rich Aurilia homered to left. Kent followed with a single and Bonds set the record with a homer to center field.

The Giants have homered twice in an inning in each of the first three games of the series.

The Angels tacked on single runs in the sixth and eighth. Eckstein had an RBI single in the sixth and a throwing error by pitcher Scott Eyre in the eighth allowed Molina to score.

Game Two loser Felix Rodriguez was the only Giants pitcher not to allow a run, tossing a scoreless seventh.

"These kind of games happen sometime," Kent said. "We lost today and are a little embarrassed. You just strap it on and try again tomorrow. It wasn't our day, but they're a great ballclub."

"We lost, that's all that matters," Aurilia said. "It seems like they adjusted to our ballpark and the conditions faster than a lot of visitors do. They didn't hit a single home run, yet they scored 10 runs. You have to find a way to slow them down."

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