SEATTLE -- Richie Sexson had three hits and five RBI and Kenji Johjima homered in his second straight game to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 10-8 win over the sloppy Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.
Johjima, the first Japanese catcher in the major leagues, led off Seattle's five-run second inning with a home run. He also had an RBI single in the eighth.
The Mariners led 10-5 in the ninth inning before Tim Salmon hit his first career pinch-hit homer, Vladimir Guerrero had an RBI single and Juan Rivera doubled in a run to cut the lead to two. Seattle closer Eddie Guardado recovered to get Darin Erstad to pop out to end the game.
Salmon, a 14-year veteran, was on the brink of retirement after missing almost 1 1/2 seasons because of injuries to his left shoulder and left knee before making the team out of spring training. It was his first homer since April 25, 2004.
Garret Anderson hit a three-run homer and Rivera finished with three RBI for the Angels. Rivera hit a two-run home run off J.J. Putz in the eighth to cut the Mariners' lead to 6-5.
But then Sexson answered with a three-run home run in the bottom of the inning into the Mariners' bullpen beyond left-center field. He also had a two-run single in Seattle's five-run second.
That rally started when Johjima turned on John Lackey's 1-2 pitch and golfed a solo home run over the left-field wall scoreboard - one day after surprising the Angels with an opposite-field shot. Lackey simply shook his head as Johjima rounded the bases and the dozens of Japanese photographers capturing his nearly every move this spring produced a flash of photos.
Lackey got the loss in his first start since he agreed to a $13.25 million, two-year contract extension Monday. He allowed five runs on nine hits in four innings with one walk and four strikeouts.
Anderson hit a three-run home run in the sixth off Seattle's Joel Pineiro, who worked 6 1-3 innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs. He walked two and struck out two.
He carried a shutout into the sixth inning and threw 97 pitches while getting the win.
Notes: The Angels had four errors, but only two of Seattle's runs were unearned. ... Jose Lopez continued his good start as Seattle's new No. 2 hitter with a two-run single in the second inning. ... Anderson's home run was the 225th of his career, second to Tim Salmon's 291 for the Angels' career lead. ... The Mariners announced an attendance of 20,051 on a chilly night, the second smallest gathering in the 6 1/2-year history of Safeco Field. The smallest was 19,486 last Sept. 29. ... Every Mariner had a hit and scored.