SEATTLE -- Jamie Moyer would be a great addition at the trading deadline for any contending club. Just don't bother asking if he would like to add a World Series to his impressive 19-year resume.
"Next question," Moyer said when the possibility was posed. "Let's talk about tonight."
Moyer (9-3) used his usual array of curveballs and changeups, improving his career mark to 201-148. He gave up two runs and eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts to win for the first time since July 8.
"He pitched awfully well tonight," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said.
A subject of trade talk going into Sunday's deadline, Moyer now has 10 quality starts over his last 12 games. He can reject any deal, but perhaps a contending team could offer the 42-year-old lefty a World Series opportunity.
"Go ask the guys upstairs," Moyer said. "I don't want to talk about something I have no control over."
Moyer stayed ahead in the count, using Detroit's aggressiveness at the plate to his advantage.
"I thought we could do better, but it's the same old Jamie Moyer," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "We didn't do too well making adjustments, but some of it had to do with falling behind as much as we did."
The Mariners won twice during the three-game series, racing to a 6-0 lead in the second inning against Tigers starter Mike Maroth (8-11).
Sexson put Seattle ahead 8-0 in the fourth with a towering two-run homer. He drove a 1-1 pitch from reliever Chris Spurling into the upper deck above the visitors' bullpen -- an estimated 448-foot shot.
"I'd take a single with the bases loaded with two RBI, too," Sexson said. "When I get a ball up and it gets some air, sometimes it's just going to go out. So, no, I don't take any extra pride in that."
Left fielder Dmitri Young barely changed his stance, turning just slightly to watch the ball's flight.
That was Sexson's 25th homer this season, making him the ninth Seattle player to reach that mark and the first since Bret Boone hit 35 home runs in 2003. Sexson has nine homers and 23 RBI since July 4.
"It's kind of cool if it goes to the second deck, sure," Sexson said. "But it's not about how far it goes. It's how many you hit."
Sexson added his 26th in the eighth, a solo shot to right to put Seattle ahead 9-2. It was the 20th multihomer game of his career and the second this season, after he homered twice on opening day against Minnesota.
"Richie has been doing what he's capable of doing, what he's done in the past," Hargrove said. "I'm just glad he's doing it for our side."
Detroit's Magglio Ordonez singled leading off the fourth, extending his career-high hitting streak to 20 games.
Pinch-hitter Nook Logan broke up the shutout with a one-out RBI single in the eighth, and Rondell White followed with another run-scoring single to pull the Tigers to 8-2.
The Mariners led 3-0 in the first, capitalizing on two walks by Maroth.
The bases were loaded when Adrian Beltre was struck in the left hip with a pitch, again when Willie Bloomquist singled on a chopper over Maroth's head and one more time when Mike Morse walked.
Detroit's blunders continued in the second. Three more runs scored when center fielder Craig Monroe dropped Beltre's fly on the warning track and was charged with an error. That would have ended the inning but put the Tigers into a 6-0 hole.
"When you're feeling good about yourself and things are going well, this game finds a way to humble you," Monroe said. "It was my day to be humbled."
When Maroth walked the next batter, Trammell called for Spurling. Maroth gave up six runs -- three earned -- and five hits in 1 2/3 innings, with five singles, four walks and a hit batter.
It was his shortest start since he lasted a career-low 1 1/3 innings against Cleveland on May 28, 2003, before leaving with a hamstring injury.
The other Mariners with 25-homer seasons are Ken Griffey Jr. (six times), Alex Rodriguez (four times), Jay Buhner (three times), Edgar Martinez (twice), Boone (twice), Gorman Thomas, Tino Martinez and Paul Sorrento. ... The Tigers are 15-8 in games where the opposing starter is a lefty. They had won eight of their previous 11 before Wednesday. ... Detroit 2B Placido Polanco, activated from the 15-day DL before the game, doubled and singled twice in five at-bats.
|Players of the Game|
|Placido Polanco, 2B||5||1||3||1||0||0||0||.325|
|Carlos Guillen, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.324|
|John McDonald, SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.284|
|Chris Shelton, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||1||2||.359|
|Magglio Ordonez, RF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|a- Nook Logan, PH-CF||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.277|
|Rondell White, DH||4||0||2||1||0||2||0||.312|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.297|
|Vance Wilson, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.143|
|Dmitri Young, LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.255|
|Craig Monroe, CF-RF||3||0||1||0||1||0||3||.289|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.271|
|a-singled for Ordonez in the 8th|
|2B - Placido Polanco (13, Moyer), Dmitri Young (22, Hasegawa)|
|RBI - Placido Polanco (35), Nook Logan (14), Rondell White (46)|
|2-OUT RBI - Placido Polanco (17)|
|SB - Ivan Rodriguez (5, 2nd base off Moyer/Borders)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Dmitri Young 1|
|DP - Guillen-Polanco-Shelton, Polanco-McDonald-Shelton|
|E - Craig Monroe (3, Misplayed fly ball)|
|Mike Maroth (L,8-11)||1.2||5||6||3||4||0||0||4.57|
|HBP - Beltre (by Mike Maroth), Suzuki (by Franklyn German)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Maroth 55-29, Chris Spurling 50-34, Franklyn German 40-21, Vic Darensbourg 23-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Maroth 1-4, Chris Spurling 5-3, Franklyn German 2-0, Vic Darensbourg 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Mike Maroth 15, Chris Spurling 13, Franklyn German 9, Vic Darensbourg 6|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||.309|
|Randy Winn, LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.271|
|a- Jeremy Reed, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.254|
|Raul Ibanez, DH||4||2||2||0||1||0||2||.291|
|Richie Sexson, 1B||2||4||2||3||3||0||0||.272|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||3||0||1||1||0||0||2||.259|
|Scott Spiezio, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.074|
|Willie Bloomquist, CF-LF||4||0||2||1||1||2||2||.279|
|Mike Morse, SS||4||0||2||1||1||1||1||.336|
|Jose Lopez, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||4||.228|
|Pat Borders, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.197|
|a-struck out for Winn in the 7th|
|2B - Raul Ibanez (21, German)|
|HR - Richie Sexson 2 (26, Spurling, Darensbourg)|
|RBI - Richie Sexson 3 (80), Adrian Beltre (51), Willie Bloomquist (11), Mike Morse (15)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Morse-J. Lopez-Sexson|
|Jamie Moyer (W,9-3)||8||8||2||2||2||5||0||4.33|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 106-71, Shigetoshi Hasegawa 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 7-11, Shigetoshi Hasegawa 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 33, Shigetoshi Hasegawa 5|
|Attendance - 29323|
|Game Time - 2:46|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Jerry Layne|