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Sexson leads Mariners to win with five hits, two home runs

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SAN DIEGO -- Richie Sexson already was 4-for-4 with two homers when he came up again with two outs in the ninth inning Sunday and practically willed himself another hit.

"I was concentrating pretty hard," said Sexson, who doubled down the right-field line to finish a career-best 5-for-5 in the Seattle Mariners' 9-4 win over the San Diego Padres. "I've never done it before. I thought it would be cool if I could get that. It's kind of nice. Not everyone does it."

Sexson was hitting just .211 coming in, and had spent a lot of time in the batting cage.

"It was a nice day for me," the big first baseman said. "I felt pretty good the last couple of weeks, just hadn't gotten a ton of results, but I think that's a start for me. It's just feeling good. Today it finally culminated in some hits for me."

Sexson came into the game 2-for-20 against the Padres this season. Including his RBI single in the ninth inning of Saturday night's win, he had hits in six straight at-bats.

He hit an RBI single in the first, homered leading off the fourth, singled in the fifth, hit the go-ahead homer in the eighth and then doubled and scored in the ninth. He had three RBI and scored three runs.

Ichiro Suzuki also had three RBI. The Mariners took two of three and finished the season series 5-1 against the Padres. Overall, Seattle has won seven of nine.

Mike Cameron homered for the third straight game, and the Padres also got homers from Khalil Greene and Ben Johnson. San Diego, which dropped a game behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West, hit eight homers in the series, all solo shots. All three on Sunday came off Joel Pineiro.

The teams combined for 14 homers in the series, a Petco Park record. All were solo shots.

Sexson broke a 4-4 tie when he homered to right-center with one out in the eighth off Alan Embree (2-1).

"It was a good pitch," Embree said. "He went out and got it. When a guy is having a day like he did, he's not missing anything."

Sexson and Embree attended the same high school in Brush Prairie, Wash.

"Now he's got a little bragging rights," Embree said. "Last time, I struck him out."

Sexson has 14 homers this season. It was his 23rd career multihomer game.

"Without going postal, he obviously killed us today," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.

The Mariners added three more runs off Jon Adkins with two outs in the eighth. Suzuki hit a bases-loaded blooper to shallow left to bring in two runs, and Adrian Beltre hit an RBI single.

George Sherrill (2-1) pitched a perfect seventh for the win.

Padres catcher Josh Bard and Bochy were ejected by plate umpire Paul Nauert after Bard took a called third strike to end the eighth. After being tossed, Bard argued with Nauert and pointed his bat at the umpire's face. The catcher had to be restrained by third base coach Glenn Hoffman.

Bochy came out to argue and was tossed.

Bard refused comment. Bochy said the Padres thought a 3-2 pitch to Carl Everett with two outs in the top of the eighth should have been called a strike. Instead, Everett walked to load the bases ahead of Suzuki.

"The pitch on him and Bard are the exact same pitch," Bochy said. "I felt both of them were strikes, no question about it.

"You always want that call," Bochy said. "It's a different game, no question about it. That's definitely a huge call. It opened up the floodgates. There's not much you can do about it at that point except what we did, and that's argue."

Greene and Johnson homered to left on consecutive pitches from Pineiro with none out in the fifth to tie the score at 4. Greene connected on a 2-2 pitch leading off the inning, his 10th, and Johnson followed with his second.

The Mariners had taken a 4-1 lead in the fourth by scoring three runs, only one earned.

Sexson hit a leadoff homer against Mike Thompson into the second deck in left to break a 1-1 tie. Rene Rivera hit a one-out liner down the left-field line that a ball girl fielded in foul territory and started to give to a fan before realizing it was live. Rivera stopped at second with a ground-rule double, and Willie Bloomquist walked.

Thompson fielded Pineiro's bunt and tried to force Rivera at third, but threw wide for an error, allowing Rivera to score and Bloomquist to go to third. Bloomquist scored on Suzuki's groundout to first.

Cameron homered against Pineiro leading off the third, his eighth.

Pineiro allowed four runs and six hits in six innings, struck out five and walked one. Thompson went seven innings, allowing four runs, two earned, and seven hits. He walked four and struck out three.

Notes

  • Sexson's last multihomer game was June 3 against Kansas City.
  • The Padres have hit consecutive homers five times this season and twice in two games. Eric Young and Cameron hit back-to-back homers Saturday night.
  • Padres RHP Woody Williams, on the DL with a strained left calf, is scheduled to make a rehab start Monday night for Triple-A Portland.
 
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Richie Sexson drives in three runs to snap a 2-for-20 slump against the Padres this season.  (AP)
Richie Sexson drives in three runs to snap a 2-for-20 slump against the Padres this season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

R. Sexson
AB 5
R 3
H 5
HR 2
RBI 3
San Diego

M. Cameron
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4013110 .359
Adrian Beltre, 3B5111002 .249
Jose Lopez, 2B4010100 .279
Raul Ibanez, LF4000121 .284
Richie Sexson, 1B5353000 .225
Jeremy Reed, CF5011004 .226
Rene Rivera, C5220014 .175
Willie Bloomquist, SS3210100 .270
Joel Pineiro, P2000010 .000
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
   a- Carl Everett, PH0100100 .244
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
Totals3791285511 
a-walked for Sherrill in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jose Lopez (19, M. Thompson), Richie Sexson (14, Sikorski), Rene Rivera (3, M. Thompson)
HR - Richie Sexson 2 (14, M. Thompson, Embree)
SH - Joel Pineiro (2)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 3 (27), Adrian Beltre (32), Richie Sexson 3 (51), Jeremy Reed (15)
2-OUT RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (13), Adrian Beltre (10), Jeremy Reed (3)
Team LOB - 7
Seattle Mariners
Joel Pineiro 6644153 5.38
George Sherrill (W,2-1) 1000010 2.61
Rafael Soriano 2100030 1.94
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 99-65, George Sherrill 16-12, Rafael Soriano 31-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 6-7, George Sherrill 1-1, Rafael Soriano 1-2
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 25, George Sherrill 3, Rafael Soriano 7
San Diego Padres
Mike Cameron, CF4221010 .252
Mark Bellhorn, 2B4011020 .220
Brian Giles, RF4000011 .285
Josh Bard, C-DH3010110 .349
    Rob Bowen, C0000000 .342
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000001 .265
Khalil Greene, SS4111002 .222
Ben Johnson, LF4121022 .268
Geoff Blum, 3B2000000 .256
   a- Vinny Castilla, PH-3B2000011 .234
Mike Thompson, P2000010 .182
   b- Eric Young, PH1000000 .233
    Alan Embree, P0000000 .000
    Jon Adkins, P0000000 .000
    Brian Sikorski, P0000000 .000
Totals34474197 
a-grounded out for Blum in the 7th
b-flied out for M. Thompson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ben Johnson (4, Soriano)
3B - Mark Bellhorn (2, Pineiro)
HR - Mike Cameron (8, Pineiro), Khalil Greene (10, Pineiro), Ben Johnson (2, Pineiro)
RBI - Mike Cameron (29), Mark Bellhorn (20), Khalil Greene (37), Ben Johnson (8)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Cameron (13), Mark Bellhorn (6)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Mike Cameron 1
DP - Bellhorn-Greene-Gonzalez
E - Mike Thompson (1, throwing error)
San Diego Padres
Mike Thompson 7542431 4.30
Alan Embree (L,2-1) 0.2111011 4.00
Jon Adkins 0.1433100 4.79
Brian Sikorski 1211010 4.50
IBB - Ibanez by Mike Thompson
WP - Brian Sikorski (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Thompson 105-67, Alan Embree 12-10, Jon Adkins 18-12, Brian Sikorski 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Thompson 11-7, Alan Embree 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Thompson 30, Alan Embree 3, Jon Adkins 5, Brian Sikorski 5
Game Information
Attendance - 32707
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Charlie Reliford