SEATTLE (AP) -- For all of his success, Richie Sexson agreed with
the Angels issuing two intentional walks to get to him.
Still, Los Angeles may want to try something different next
Sexson drove in five runs and Kenji Johjima homered in his
second straight game to lead the Seattle Mariners over the Angels
10-8 on Tuesday night.
Seattle was ahead 6-5 in the eighth when the Angels walked Raul
Ibanez for the second time to pitch to Sexson. Two pitches later,
Sexson hit a three-run homer into the Mariners' bullpen beyond
Sexson also had a two-run single in Seattle's five-run second,
which began with Johjima's second drive in as many games. The first
Japanese catcher in the major leagues also had an RBI single in the
Even though Sexson had 39 home runs and 121 RBI last season, he
agreed that Angels manager Mike Scioscia was correct each time he
ordered the intentional walks to Ibanez, both times with one out
and a runner on first base.
"If I'm managing the other side, I'd do the same thing," he
said. "I'm not a speedy guy. I've hit into some double plays
through the years. I've struck out a little bit (167 times in 156
games last season)."
Sexson struck out looking on three pitches in the fourth after
Lackey walked Ibanez the first time. His homer -- which he
punctuated with fist pumps as he crossed first base -- gave Seattle
a 10-5 lead heading into the ninth.
Tim Salmon hit his first career pinch-hit homer, Vladimir
Guerrero had an RBI single and Juan Rivera doubled in another run
to cut the Seattle lead to two in the Angels' final at-bat. But
closer Eddie Guardado recovered to get Darin Erstad to pop out to
end the game.
Afterward, some Mariners joked Guardado's 41-pitch escape was
more than he threw during six weeks of spring training.
When asked if he was worried, Guardado said, "Nah ... Yeah, you
could say a little bit.
"I'm just glad we got it done, bro. That would have been pretty
Salmon, a 14-year veteran, was on the brink of retirement after
missing almost 1½ seasons following surgeries on his left shoulder
and left knee. But the non-roster invitee to spring training hit
his first homer since April 25, 2004.
"I feel like I was able to contribute," Salmon said. "My role
isn't going to be the same as it used to be."
Rivera finished with three RBI for the Angels. He hit a two-run
homer off J.J. Putz in the eighth to cut the Mariners' lead to 6-5.
Johjima became the first Mariner to hit a home run in each of
his first two games since Alvin Davis in 1984. He turned on John
Lackey's 1-2 pitch and golfed a solo home run over the left-field
wall scoreboard -- one day after surprising the Angels with an
"I think I've kind of been lucky, actually," Johjima said
through an interpreter.
Lackey simply shook his head as Johjima rounded the bases and
the dozens of Japanese photographers capturing his nearly every
move this spring produced a flash of photos.
Lackey got the loss in his first start since he agreed to a
$13.25 million, two-year contract extension Monday. He allowed five
runs on nine hits in four innings with one walk and four
"The contract has nothing to do with it anymore," Lackey said
of the deal that had been in the works since early this past
offseason. "It's time to pitch."
A shutout got away from Seattle's Joel Pineiro in the sixth,
when Garret Anderson hit a three-run shot into the right-field
bleachers. Pineiro allowing seven hits and three earned runs in his
6 1-3 innings. He walked two and struck out two for the win.
The Angels had four errors for the first time since Sept.
15, 2000, at Minnesota. ... Jose Lopez continued his good start as
Seattle's new No. 2 hitter with a two-run single in the second
inning. He also had two sacrifice bunts -- the second on his own.
... Anderson's home run was the 225th of his career, second to Tim
Salmon's 291 for the Angels' career lead. ... The Mariners
announced an attendance of 20,051 on a chilly night, the second
smallest gathering in the 6½-year history of Safeco Field. The
smallest was 19,486 last Sept. 29.