SAN DIEGO (AP) -- 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
Sexson and Embree attended the same high school in Brush
"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
"Without going postal, he obviously killed us today," Padres
manager Bruce Bochy said.
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
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
Cameron homered against Pineiro leading off the third, his
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
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.