Moyer pitches eight sharp innings for 201st win

SEATTLE (AP) -- Jamie Moyer would be a great addition at the
trading deadline for any contending club. Just don't bother asking
if he would like to add a World Series to his impressive 19-year

"Next question," Moyer said when the possibility was posed.
"Let's talk about tonight."

Seattle's veteran left-hander worked eight solid innings for his
201st career win and Richie Sexson homered twice, leading the
Mariners over the Detroit Tigers 9-3 on Wednesday night.

Moyer (9-3) used his usual array of curveballs and changeups,
improving his career mark to 201-148. He gave up two runs and eight
hits with two walks and five strikeouts to win for the first time
since July 8.

"He pitched awfully well tonight," Seattle manager Mike
Hargrove said.

A subject of trade talk going into Sunday's deadline, Moyer now
has 10 quality starts over his last 12 games. He can reject any
deal, but perhaps a contending team could offer the 42-year-old
lefty a World Series opportunity.

"Go ask the guys upstairs," Moyer said. "I don't want to talk
about something I have no control over."

Moyer stayed ahead in the count, using Detroit's aggressiveness
at the plate to his advantage.

"I thought we could do better, but it's the same old Jamie
Moyer," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "We didn't do too well
making adjustments, but some of it had to do with falling behind as
much as we did."

The Mariners won twice during the three-game series, racing to a
6-0 lead in the second inning against Tigers starter Mike Maroth

Sexson put Seattle ahead 8-0 in the fourth with a towering
two-run homer. He drove a 1-1 pitch from reliever Chris Spurling
into the upper deck above the visitors' bullpen -- an estimated
448-foot shot.

"I'd take a single with the bases loaded with two RBI, too,"
Sexson said. "When I get a ball up and it gets some air, sometimes
it's just going to go out. So, no, I don't take any extra pride in

Left fielder Dmitri Young barely changed his stance, turning
just slightly to watch the ball's flight.

That was Sexson's 25th homer this season, making him the ninth
Seattle player to reach that mark and the first since Bret Boone
hit 35 home runs in 2003. Sexson has nine homers and 23 RBI since
July 4.

"It's kind of cool if it goes to the second deck, sure,"
Sexson said. "But it's not about how far it goes. It's how many
you hit."

Sexson added his 26th in the eighth, a solo shot to right to put
Seattle ahead 9-2. It was the 20th multihomer game of his career
and the second this season, after he homered twice on opening day
against Minnesota.

"Richie has been doing what he's capable of doing, what he's
done in the past," Hargrove said. "I'm just glad he's doing it
for our side."

Detroit's Magglio Ordonez singled leading off the fourth,
extending his career-high hitting streak to 20 games.

Pinch-hitter Nook Logan broke up the shutout with a one-out RBI
single in the eighth, and Rondell White followed with another
run-scoring single to pull the Tigers to 8-2.

The Mariners led 3-0 in the first, capitalizing on two walks by

The bases were loaded when Adrian Beltre was struck in the left
hip with a pitch, again when Willie Bloomquist singled on a chopper
over Maroth's head and one more time when Mike Morse walked.

Detroit's blunders continued in the second. Three more runs
scored when center fielder Craig Monroe dropped Beltre's fly on the
warning track and was charged with an error. That would have ended
the inning but put the Tigers into a 6-0 hole.

"When you're feeling good about yourself and things are going
well, this game finds a way to humble you," Monroe said. "It was
my day to be humbled."

When Maroth walked the next batter, Trammell called for
Spurling. Maroth gave up six runs -- three earned -- and five hits in
1 2/3 innings, with five singles, four walks and a hit batter.

It was his shortest start since he lasted a career-low 1 1/3
innings against Cleveland on May 28, 2003, before leaving with a
hamstring injury.

Game notes
The other Mariners with 25-homer seasons are Ken Griffey
Jr. (six times), Alex Rodriguez (four times), Jay Buhner (three
times), Edgar Martinez (twice), Boone (twice), Gorman Thomas, Tino
Martinez and Paul Sorrento. ... The Tigers are 15-8 in games where
the opposing starter is a lefty. They had won eight of their
previous 11 before Wednesday. ... Detroit 2B Placido Polanco,
activated from the 15-day DL before the game, doubled and singled
twice in five at-bats.