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Sexson hits walk-off homer in ninth, Mariners top Red Sox

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SEATTLE -- After giving up a tying homer to Boston's Jason Varitek in the top of the ninth inning, J.J. Putz landed his counter-punch.

Three of them, actually. Directly into the gut of Seattle teammate Richie Sexson.

Sexson was glad to take his buddies' blows Sunday. They came during a home plate celebration after his game-winning home run off Mike Timlin that aptly finished the Mariners' wild, 9-8 victory over the Red Sox at rocking, sold-out Safeco Field.

"Crazy game. Back and forth," Boston manager Terry Francona said.

"Weird," Putz said.

He was just getting over Varitek's jolting home run -- the second Putz has allowed this season -- and his fourth blown save in 23 chances. Then Sexson supplied his own stunner leading off the bottom of the ninth.

"The coolest thing is baseball is the walk-off home run. The whole team comes out. You get to punch the guy in the stomach," Putz said. "Yeah, I got in two or three good ones."

Sexson's shot off Timlin (5-1) came after Varitek drove Putz's slider off a second-deck restaurant window. Putz (2-0) had just struck out mighty David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez in succession.

That sequence came after Adrian Beltre hit the first inside-the-park homer at Safeco Field against Timlin, who allowed only one home run in 38 appearances before Sunday.

Boston failed to extend its AL East lead, which remained 2½ games over the New York Yankees.

"Totally my fault," Timlin said after giving up two homers for the first time since April 30, 2002.

Sexson hit his 20th home run but is batting just .227. He seemed offended by the notion that this was as big a contribution as he's had in his -- and the Mariners' -- maddening, uneven season. Seattle is four games under .500, yet only four games back in the AL West.

"Hey, I've had some good games now," the slugger said. "But against a great team, and with us still in the race, yeah, it's big."

To which Putz added: "Awesome. I bought him a beer as soon as I got in here."

Buying beer in an everything-is-free clubhouse? It fit this crazy day.

Beltre's zany trip around the bases put the Mariners up 8-7 in the eighth. His two-out drive off Timlin banged off the top of the left-center fence. Beltre kept running as Coco Crisp lost the drive in a blazing sun -- the ball landed 10 feet behind him.

"I saw the third-base coach waving me home and I said, 'Oh, OK,"' Beltre said. "I had no idea what happened when I got to home plate."

Here's what happened: Manny Ramirez whiffed on a barehanded pickup try. Crisp's wild throw then missed two cutoff men. Beltre, with his batting helmet flying off and his jersey coming out at the belt, didn't stop until he slid home ahead of Mike Lowell's throw for the first inside-the-park homer in the seven-year history of Safeco Field.

"I took my eyes off it and ran back to the spot I thought it would be," Crisp said. "I thought I was going to rob it, and it came out right behind me."

It was Beltre's third RBI of the game. He hit a two-run double in a three-run first.

He said he'd never been in a game with an inside-the-park home run -- let alone hit one.

"It says something," he said of Seattle's two rallies. "Here is one of the best teams in the major leagues. Our team might not be one of the best, but we have a pretty good shot to win the West."

David Ortiz and Ramirez each knocked in two runs for the Red Sox. Varitek had three RBI.

Trailing 7-5, the Mariners tied it with two runs in the seventh off Manny Delcarmen. Kenji Johjima hit an RBI double with two outs and Yuniesky Betancourt followed with a run-scoring single.

Eduardo Perez hit a two-run homer in the third off Red Sox rookie Jon Lester. It was Perez's first home run since the Mariners traded with Cleveland for him on June 30.

Lester, from nearby Puyallup, Wash., was pitching in front of about 50 friends and family, including his high school coach. He allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings, striking out four and walking one. He received a big bear hug from Ortiz in the dugout upon his exit.

Lester got a no-decision and remained 5-0 partly because of two sixth-inning misplays by 20-year-old Seattle rookie Adam Jones in center field. Jones lost Kevin Youkilis' pop fly in the sun for a single. Then the converted shortstop dropped Ortiz's single for an error.

Ortiz's major league-leading 94th RBI gave Boston a 6-5 lead. The error put Mark Loretta in position to score from third on Ramirez's sacrifice fly, making it 7-5.

Mariners starter Jarrod Washburn gave up five runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out six.

Notes

  • Betancourt extended his hitting streak to 12 games, matching a career high.
  • Perez's home run was the first allowed by a Boston pitcher in nine games -- ending the team's longest streak since 2002.
 
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The Mariners wait to greet Richie Sexson at home after his walk-off solo home run in the ninth.  (AP)
The Mariners wait to greet Richie Sexson at home after his walk-off solo home run in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

R. Sexson
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Boston

D. Ortiz
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Boston Red Sox
Kevin Youkilis, 1B3220200 .292
Mark Loretta, 2B4221103 .305
David Ortiz, DH5232021 .281
Manny Ramirez, LF4012011 .310
Jason Varitek, C5123011 .246
Mike Lowell, 3B5000002 .293
Coco Crisp, CF4020011 .260
Gabe Kapler, RF4000012 .277
Alex Gonzalez, SS3100131 .276
Totals3781284912 
Batting
2B - David Ortiz 2 (18, Washburn, Washburn), Jason Varitek (13, Washburn), Coco Crisp 2 (11, Washburn, Washburn)
HR - Jason Varitek (11, Putz)
SF - Manny Ramirez (5)
RBI - Mark Loretta (39), David Ortiz 2 (94), Manny Ramirez 2 (73), Jason Varitek 3 (47)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Varitek 2 (25)
SB - Coco Crisp (11, 3rd base off Washburn/Johjima)
Team LOB - 7
Boston Red Sox
Jon Lester 5855141 3.04
Craig Hansen (H,5) 1100110 4.58
Manny Delcarmen (BS,3) 1322030 3.48
Mike Timlin (L,5-1) 1222012 2.72
HBP - Johjima (by Jon Lester)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 92-56, Craig Hansen 21-13, Manny Delcarmen 26-17, Mike Timlin 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 4-7, Craig Hansen 1-1, Mike Timlin 1-1
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 25, Craig Hansen 5, Manny Delcarmen 6, Mike Timlin 5
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5110003 .344
Willie Bloomquist, 2B3110210 .246
Adrian Beltre, 3B5223015 .263
Raul Ibanez, LF5120020 .274
Richie Sexson, 1B5221023 .227
Eduardo Perez, DH3113011 .302
Kenji Johjima, C3121000 .286
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4011003 .302
Adam Jones, CF4020021 .259
Totals3791492916 
Batting
2B - Adrian Beltre (26, Lester), Raul Ibanez 2 (21, Lester, Lester), Kenji Johjima (17, Delcarmen)
HR - Adrian Beltre (8, Timlin), Richie Sexson (20, Timlin), Eduardo Perez (9, Lester)
SF - Eduardo Perez (3)
RBI - Adrian Beltre 3 (42), Richie Sexson (66), Eduardo Perez 3 (27), Kenji Johjima (43), Yuniesky Betancourt (34)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Beltre (15), Eduardo Perez 2 (10), Kenji Johjima (21), Yuniesky Betancourt (12)
SB - Adam Jones (2, 2nd base off Lester/Varitek)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Beltre-Bloomquist-Sexson
E - Adam Jones (1, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Jarrod Washburn 5.1855360 4.58
Julio Mateo (BS,3) 1.2321000 5.02
Mark Lowe 1000110 0.00
J.J. Putz (BS,4; W,2-0) 1111021 2.47
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 105-69, Julio Mateo 21-18, Mark Lowe 14-7, J.J. Putz 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 4-6, Julio Mateo 2-3, Mark Lowe 1-0
Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 27, Julio Mateo 8, Mark Lowe 3, J.J. Putz 4
Game Information
Attendance - 45975
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Larry Poncino, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Gary Darling