Sexson and Beltre hit consecutive home runs in the fourth
inning, helping Seattle to a 5-3 victory Monday night over the
Detroit Tigers. The two sluggers signed with the Mariners at a
combined cost of $114 million last December as the team tried to
improve a lackluster offense.
"I'm getting consistent at the plate," Sexson said. "I'm
starting to see teams for the second and third times. I'm settling
in. I think it's working."
The Mariners went ahead with two runs in the seventh on Beltre's
RBI single and rookie Jeremy Reed's RBI groundout. Sexson had an
infield hit in the inning.
Beltre led the majors with 48 homers for the Los Angeles Dodgers
last season before signing a $64 million, five-year contract with
Seattle. He doesn't think he's at the top of his game offensively
yet, but he's getting closer.
"I was waiting to see how the new stadium, the new teammates
and the new league were going to be," he said. "I think there's
been a little pressure."
Detroit tied the score at 3 in the top of the seventh on Brandon
Inge's two-out single and consecutive walks to Carlos Guillen,
Chris Shelton and Magglio Ordonez. After Seattle starter Ryan
Franklin was lifted, Jeff Nelson walked Shelton before walking
Ordonez on a 3-2 pitch to force in Inge with the tying run.
Nate Robertson (5-8), who started the night with the AL's
seventh-best ERA at 3.32, had a three-game winning streak snapped.
In 6 1/3 innings, he gave up five runs and nine hits with six
The Mariners went up 3-2 in the fourth on a two-run homer by
Sexson and Beltre's solo shot.
Sexson tied the score at 2 when he hit his team-leading 24th
homer -- and seventh in 12 games -- after Raul Ibanez opened the
fourth with a single. Beltre followed with his 12th homer, his
second in two days.
Sexson and Beltre were a combined 5-for-8 with four RBIs.
"A lot of people expected a lot of things and they should,"
Beltre said. "Sexson's probably doing better than what people
think. I'm not doing close to what people think. But that's
The 6-foot-8, 237-pound Sexson played in only 23 games with the
Arizona Diamondbacks last season. He underwent surgery in May 2004
to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
He's looking forward to hitting more homers in tandem with his
"It's not like it's an everyday occasion," Sexson said. "It's
nice that Adrian's behind me."
Sexson is batting cleanup behind Ibanez, and Beltre is hitting
fifth in manager Mike Hargrove's current lineup. Beltre earlier
batted third, in front of Sexson.
"I am real glad those two guys are on our side," Hargrove
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Ivan Rodriguez had a
sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to bring in Shelton, and Craig
Monroe grounded out to score Ordonez from third.
Ordonez, playing in only his 25th game this season and his 22nd
since coming off the disabled list on July 1 after being sidelined
with a sports hernia, doubled in the sixth to push his hitting
streak to 18 games, tying his career high.
Franklin pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, five hits
and four walks.
Detroit manager Alan Trammell credited Franklin with pitching a
"We didn't muster much," Trammell said. "Ryan Franklin had
good command of his breaking ball, slider, change and curve. He
throws all four pitches."
Shelton pointed out that the Tigers were 0-for-7 with runners in
"We just didn't come up with any big hits when we needed
them," he said.
The Mariners hit consecutive homers for the seventh time
this season. Beltre and Sexson did it on May 21 against San Diego.
... In his first at-bat, Sexson struck out for the 107th time this
season. He is second in the majors to Boston's Mark Bellhorn, who
has fanned 109 times. ... The Tigers won 12 of their previous 18
games. ... The last-place Mariners just returned from a 1-5 road
trip. ... Ordonez is 30-for-70 (.429) during his hitting streak.