SAN DIEGO (AP) -- After batting practice, Raul Ibanez didn't
think the ball would be carrying at Petco Park on Saturday night.
He was wrong.
Seattle and San Diego combined for a ballpark-record eight home
runs, with Ibanez and Kenji Johjima hitting two solo shots apiece
in the Mariners' 9-5 victory over the Padres.
"In fact, the wind was blowing in and I didn't think things were
going to fly," Ibanez said.
Jamie Moyer (5-6) allowed two runs and four hits in seven solid
innings and had an RBI single, improving to 16-7 in interleague
Both of Johjima's homers, his seventh and eighth, came off Chan
Ho Park (5-4) on first pitches and highlighted two-run innings in
the fourth and fifth. Johjima added a two-run double in the ninth
for a career high four RBI.
Ibanez homered off Park in the fifth, and added his 16th of the
season off reliever Brian Sikorski in the seventh.
"I was missing location with my fast ball," Park said. "The
base hit from the pitcher hurt me a little bit along with the three
home runs. I threw two fast balls hit for home runs hit on the
The 43-year-old Moyer's hit came in the fourth and gave the
Mariners a 3-1 lead. It was a single to right that scored Jeremy
Reed after Johjima hit his first homer earlier in the inning.
"Every squirrel finds a nut," Moyer said of his first hit and
first RBI since June 18, 2004, at Pittsburgh.
The Mariners built their lead to 5-1 with two runs in the fifth
with Ibanez hitting his 15th home run, a 412-foot shot into the
Padres bullpen in center and Johjima following one out later with
his second of the night into the left-field bleachers.
Four of Johjima's eight home runs have come against the Padres.
It was the rookie's first multiple homer game.
Ibanez completed his fifth multihomer game with his 16th in the
seventh to make it 6-2 after Johnson hit his homer in the bottom of
Piazza gave the Padres a 1-0 lead in the second with his 10th
home run, a 401-foot blast into the third deck of the Western
Metals Supply Co. building in left.
"I guess it's a hitter's ballpark," Moyer joked. "Solo
(homers) are really killers the way I look at it. I didn't think I
threw as well as I did the last outing (one run in eight innings
against the Giants). But I got outs when I needed them."
Eddie Guardado, who came on to relieve Moyer in the eighth, was
greeted by back-to-back homers by pinch-hitter Young and Cameron to
pull the Padres to 6-4.
Seattle added three runs in the ninth on Richie Sexson's RBI
single and Johjima's double. Johjima finished with a career high
4-for-5 and four RBI.
"We made a lot of mistakes to him tonight," Padres manager
Bruce Bochy said. "We threw quite a few balls right in his wheel
house. Give him credit. He's not missing them."
However, Johjima suffered a bruised left quad when he took a
batted ball just above his shin guard from the bat of Johnson.
Johjima is listed as day-to-day.
The Padres had opened the bottom of the ninth with four straight
singles off J.J. Putz, the last by Josh Barfield to make it 9-5.
However, Putz then struck out Josh Bard, Mike Cameron and Johnson
with the bases loaded to end the game.
Piazza has 407 career homers, tying him for 40th on the
all-time list with Duke Snider. ... The previous record for most
home runs in a game at Petco Park was seven done twice, once on
July 2, 2004 against Kansas City (Royals 2, Padres 5) and May 4,
2005 vs. Colorado in 12 innings (Rockies 3, Padres 4). ... The last
time a Mariners pitcher had a hit and an RBI in the same game was
Gil Meche on June 24 last year against the Padres at Petco Park.
Moyer's last hit was a two-run single on June 18, 2004 ... 1B
Sexson went 1-for-5 and is 2-20 against the Padres this season. ...
Moyer has pitched into the sixth inning in 15 of his 16 starts. ...
Park is 0-2 with a 12.20 ERA in two games against the Mariners this