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Seattle breaks it open with 3 triples in 5-run fifth

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Bret Boone, Richie Sexson and the rest of the
Seattle Mariners wore out Petco Park as well as the San Diego
Padres.

Boone hit a three-run triple and Sexson, playing while he
appeals a two-game suspension, had a two-run homer as the Mariners
embarrassed the slumping Padres 14-5 on Friday night.

The Mariners hit three triples in a five-run fifth -- the first
time in franchise history -- and had a season-high nine extra-base
hits at spacious Petco Park. The Mariners hit three triples in a
game for the first time since May 13, 1987, at Boston.

Seattle tied season highs in runs and hits (17), and the 14 runs
were the most allowed by the Padres at Petco Park, which opened
last year. Every Mariners regular, plus starter Gil Meche, had at
least one hit. Meche also had his first career RBI.

Boone had three hits, three RBI and scored three runs in his
third game since returning from a four-game benching to work with
hitting coach Don Baylor. In his previous two games, he was just
1-for-7.

"It's good to see a smile on his face for a change," manager
Mike Hargrove said.

"I'm not going to get ahead of myself," said Boone, who raised
his average to .233. "It was a good night. But before I get
excited, I'm going to have to string it together for a couple of
weeks. But it was a good beginning.

"And it was a great win for us," Boone said. "We haven't had
too many laughers, where we can kind of relax. It seems like every
game comes down to the wire. It's nice to be able to relax a little
bit and have a game like that."

Sexson was suspended and fined an undisclosed amount by Major
League Baseball earlier Friday for throwing a bucket of baseballs
on the field in front of Seattle's dugout after he was ejected for
arguing a called third strike last Saturday against the New York
Mets.

The right-hander hit his 17th homer, a 404-foot shot in the
fourth to right-center, the part of Petco Park that Padres sluggers
have had the most trouble reaching. The deepest part of the park is
the right-center gap at 411 feet.

With the game tied at 4, the Mariners opened the fifth with
consecutive triples by Ichiro Suzuki and Randy Winn to chase
starter Darrell May. Tim Redding came on and walked Adrian Beltre
and hit Sexson in the side with a pitch to load the bases. With one
out, Boone tripled into the gap in right-center, then scored on
Mike Morse's sacrifice fly to make it 9-5.

"Right-center, at 411, that is huge," Boone said. "But other
than that, I play at Safeco. You're used to that. But I didn't hit
any balls tonight that normally would be home runs. I expect them
to be doubles."

The NL West-leading Padres continued their June swoon, losing
their third straight and for the 15th time in 22 games this month.
They also fell to 5-11 in interleague play.

San Diego's Dave Roberts homered leading off the fifth, then
left the game with a strained patella tendon in his left knee.

May (1-2) wasn't anywhere near as sharp as he was on Sunday,
when he beat Johan Santana and the Minnesota Twins 5-1. He allowed
six runs and six hits in four innings.

"We were off tonight," manager Bruce Bochy said. "May didn't
have his sharp command, then we let the game get out of control
from the fifth inning on. We did swing the bats better.
Unfortunately, our pitching was not there tonight."

Meche (8-4) struck out a season-high seven in five innings. He
allowed five runs -- four earned -- and seven hits.

The Padres blew a 3-0 lead for the second straight game. They
also did it in losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, 4-3
in 10 innings.

San Diego went up 3-0 in the second on four hits, a walk and an
error.

Meche had his first career RBI when he singled in the third to
score Morse. Sexson tied it with his homer in the fourth, then
Morse hit an RBI double for a 4-3 lead.

The Padres tied it at 4 on Xavier Nady's homer in the fourth,
his sixth.

Seattle added four runs in the eighth and one in the ninth.

Game notes
Seattle is 10-6 in interleague play. ... Sexson hit two
homers at Petco Park last year while with Arizona. ... In nine
career appearances against the Mariners, May is 1-4 with a 10.13
ERA. ... Paul McAnulty of the Padres singled in the ninth for his
first major league hit. ... The Chicago Cubs were the last team to
hit three triples in an inning, against the Padres at Wrigley Field
on May 15, 1997.