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Sexson lifts Mariners in 12th with single

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SEATTLE -- Richie Sexson kept the Seattle Mariners from taking over Oakland's spot in last place.

His RBI single with two outs in the 12th inning gave the Mariners a 5-4 victory Wednesday night over the A's.

"For the team, it was a good win," Sexson said. "Sometimes wins like these are good for the morale. When you're down and come back, and then battle back and win a game like this, it tends to get a team rolling."

Oakland took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 12th but the Mariners scored two unearned runs in their half of the inning.

With one out, Pat Borders singled off Ryan Glynn (0-4). Ichiro Suzuki hit a grounder that Glynn fielded, but shortstop Bobby Crosby did not handle the pitcher's throw for an error on a fielder's choice.

Randy Winn's single scored Borders from second to tie it and Sexson's third hit of the game scored Suzuki from second to end the game that lasted 3 hours, 59 minutes.

"I was just trying to get a single there, nothing more," Sexson said. "With Ichiro on second, that's pretty much all you've got to do. A lot of guys don't even score on that ball."

The A's have been in the AL West cellar since May 21. They had won four in a row against Seattle.

The Mariners welcomed back starting second baseman Bret Boone, who had a key sacrifice in the team's two-run ninth to tie the score at 3-all. Boone returned to the lineup after being benched for four games to work on his mechanical problems at the plate.

Eddie Guardado (1-1) picked up the victory although he gave up an RBI double to Eric Byrnes with two outs in the top of the 12th.

"We're going to give up runs and we're going to give up hits," said Guardado, who gave up his first run in 15 games. "But we came out on the winning side and you try to think always positive."

Seattle forced extra innings when rookie Mike Morse's two-run single with two outs in the ninth off Justin Duchscherer tied the game 3-3.

In the top of the 12th, Eric Chavez, who was 4-for-6 with two doubles, singled to center with one out off Guardado, the sixth Seattle pitcher. Chavez went to second on a groundout and stole third before Byrnes doubled down the right-field line.

It was the first run allowed by Guardado in 15 appearances.

Glynn, Oakland's sixth pitcher, worked two innings.

Oakland scored in the sixth on Chavez's double over the bag past sprawling third baseman Adrian Beltre. The A's made it 2-0 in the seventh when Byrnes tripled off the auxiliary scoreboard in left and rookie Dan Johnson hit a sacrifice fly.

Sexson led off Seattle's seventh with his 16th homer, a solo shot.

Oakland starter Barry Zito pitched 7 1/3 innings, giving up one run and four hits.

Seattle starter Jamie Moyer also went 7 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and eight hits.

Notes

  • After being benched for four games to work on mechanics with hitting coach Don Baylor, Boone returned and went 1-for-4. Manager Mike Hargrove said Boone would stay in the lineup.
  • The Mariners are 1-2 in extra inning games and the A's are 4-2.
  • The Mariners won for the first time in 37 games when trailing after eight innings.
  • The A's are 1-11 in one-run decisions on the road and 9-12 in one-run decisions overall.
 
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Ichiro slides past catcher Jason Kendall for the winning run on Richie Sexson's 12th-inning single.  (AP)
Ichiro slides past catcher Jason Kendall for the winning run on Richie Sexson's 12th-inning single. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

R. Sexson
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Seattle

M. Morse
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Oakland Athletics
Jason Kendall, C6120012 .255
Mark Kotsay, CF6120002 .277
Bobby Crosby, SS5010102 .296
Eric Chavez, 3B6141002 .256
Bobby Kielty, RF4001013 .275
Keith Ginter, DH3000102 .178
   a- Scott Hatteberg, PH-DH0000100 .275
   b- Mark Ellis, PH-DH0000100 .281
Eric Byrnes, LF6121003 .262
Dan Johnson, 1B4011114 .278
Marco Scutaro, 2B5010012 .245
Totals4541345422 
a-was walked intentionally for Ginter in the 10th
b-walked for Hatteberg in the 12th
Batting
2B - Eric Chavez 2 (15, Moyer, Moyer), Eric Byrnes (12, Guardado)
3B - Bobby Crosby (2, Moyer), Eric Byrnes (2, Moyer)
SF - Bobby Kielty (1), Dan Johnson (4)
SH - Bobby Kielty (1)
RBI - Eric Chavez (40), Bobby Kielty (28), Eric Byrnes (21), Dan Johnson (7)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Chavez (11), Eric Byrnes (12)
SB - Jason Kendall (5, 3rd base off Moyer/Rivera), Eric Chavez (1, 3rd base off Guardado/Borders)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
E - Bobby Crosby (2, Missed catch)
Oakland Athletics
Barry Zito 7.1411231 4.41
Kiko Calero (H,4) 0.2111000 6.46
Ricardo Rincon (H,9) 0.2111010 3.60
Justin Duchscherer (BS,2) 1.1100020 1.43
Ryan Glynn (L,0-4) 1.2420040 5.94
HBP - Morse (by Barry Zito)
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 115-69, Kiko Calero 10-6, Ricardo Rincon 7-5, Justin Duchscherer 14-11, Ryan Glynn 38-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 10-8, Ricardo Rincon 1-0, Justin Duchscherer 1-1, Ryan Glynn 1-1
Batters Faced - Barry Zito 28, Kiko Calero 3, Ricardo Rincon 3, Justin Duchscherer 5, Ryan Glynn 10
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF6100011 .298
Randy Winn, LF6011021 .288
Adrian Beltre, 3B5010112 .253
Richie Sexson, 1B6232002 .242
Raul Ibanez, DH4010000 .298
    Willie Bloomquist, PR-DH1110000 .209
Bret Boone, 2B4010012 .227
Jeremy Reed, CF4000124 .267
Mike Morse, SS4022020 .397
Rene Rivera, C3000013 .367
   a- Dave Hansen, PH1000001 .222
    Pat Borders, C1110000 .220
Totals45511521016 
a-flied out for Rivera in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adrian Beltre (15, Zito)
HR - Richie Sexson (16, Zito)
SH - Bret Boone (1)
RBI - Randy Winn (21), Richie Sexson 2 (54), Mike Morse 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Richie Sexson (24), Mike Morse 2 (3)
CS - Jeremy Reed (3, 2nd base by Zito/Kendall)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Putz-Rivera-Sexson
E - Rene Rivera (2, Wild throw)
Seattle Mariners
Jamie Moyer 7.1833120 4.36
J.J. Putz 1.2200200 2.63
Matt Thornton0100000 5.11
Julio Mateo 0.2000100 3.09
Ron Villone 1.1000020 3.29
Eddie Guardado (W,1-1) 1211100 1.67
IBB - Hatteberg by Julio Mateo
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 116-76, J.J. Putz 31-17, Matt Thornton 7-6, Julio Mateo 7-3, Ron Villone 25-14, Eddie Guardado 24-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 5-15, J.J. Putz 2-2, Julio Mateo 2-0, Eddie Guardado 2-1
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 31, J.J. Putz 8, Matt Thornton 1, Julio Mateo 3, Ron Villone 4, Eddie Guardado 6
Game Information
Attendance - 28829
Game Time - 3:59
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom