SEATTLE (AP) -- After striking out with the bases loaded in the
third inning, Richie Sexson shattered his bat on the dugout steps
in frustration. The next bat he used proved to be much more
Beltre singled off Chad Orvella with one out for his 1,000th
career hit, then Sexson drilled the first pitch he saw off the base
of the left-field wall.
"I got a pretty good pitch to hit," Sexson said. "I put a
good swing on it and hit it off the end of the bat. I wasn't sure
if he was going to catch it. Fortunately, it got over his head."
The combination of Beltre and Sexson, who joined the team as
free agents in the offseason, was supposed to be a huge boost in
the middle of the Mariners' lineup. Sexson has impressive power
numbers with 13 homers and 43 RBI, but is hitting only .246.
Beltre has been worse, hitting .238 with five homers and 28 RBI.
"Richie has been pretty much coming through all year," Beltre
said. "He's been driving in runs, hitting a lot of home runs. I'm
the one who's been struggling. I need to pick it up more."
Both had two hits on Sunday, helping the Mariners win for the
fifth time in seven games.
Ron Villone (2-2) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win.
Orvella (0-1), who grew up about a half-hour from Safeco Field
in Sammamish, allowed two hits and one run in one-third of an
inning. It was the third appearance of his career.
"I thought I made a decent pitch, but I probably should have
started with something offspeed," Orvella said. "I threw a
fastball. He hit it well, game over."
The Devil Rays' record on the road dipped to 4-23. The team has
lost every series away from home this season.
Tampa Bay tied it at 5 in the top of the eighth. Aubrey Huff led
off with a single against Mariners reliever Julio Mateo,
pinch-hitter Alex Sanchez singled off Jeff Nelson, and Damon
Hollins grounded out to drive home Huff.
Seattle trailed 4-0 after two innings, but rallied with one in
the third and three in the fifth to tie it.
In the sixth, Mike Morse hit a bloop single off Tampa Bay
starter Hideo Nomo just inside the right-field foul line. He
advanced to second on a sacrifice by Pat Borders, and scored when
Winn doubled into the right-center gap for a 5-4 Mariners lead.
Nomo allowed 11 hits and five earned runs over six innings. He
walked one and struck out three.
Seattle starter Jamie Moyer threw 124 pitches through six
innings. He allowed seven hits and four runs -- three earned -- while
walking one and striking out a season-high six. After allowing
three runs in the second, the 42-year-old lefty settled down and
retired 13 of his last 14 batters.
Shoddy defense added to Moyer's struggles in the second. With
two outs, Alex Gonzalez singled and scored on Crawford's RBI
double. Lugo then hit an infield single, but a throwing error by
shortstop Morse allowed Crawford to score. Josh Phelps then singled
to right, but Ichiro Suzuki was charged with an error when his
errant throw to third got past Beltre, allowing Lugo to score for a
The Mariners started their comeback in the third. Beltre hit a
bases-loaded single with one out, but Nomo got out of the jam when
Sexson struck out and Raul Ibanez flew out to shallow right.
That was when Sexson decided to give his bat a beating. Mariners
manager Mike Hargrove didn't mind seeing Sexson boil over.
"He was upset," Hargrove said. "At least he cares, and he
showed why he's the player that he is. He refocused and took care
of business. It was good to see."
The Mariners tied it up in the fifth with four hits and three
runs. Sexson drove home Suzuki with an RBI single, and Boone's
double scored Beltre and Sexson.
Tampa Bay's last road series win was Oct. 1-3, 2004, at
Detroit. ... The Devil Rays' first four batters -- Crawford, Lugo,
Huff and Phelps -- entered the game with a combined .476 average
against Moyer. In the game, they were 5-for-12. ... Suzuki snapped
an 0-for-8 slump with a fifth-inning single. ... Suzuki's throwing
error in the second was his first since Aug. 26, 2004, against
Kansas City. It was the 10th error of his MLB career.