Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/4)

Game 1: Monday, April 3
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Seattle4
Game 2: Tuesday, April 4
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Seattle10
Game 3: Wednesday, April 5
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Angels 8

(1-1, 1-1 away)

Mariners 10

(1-1, 1-1 home)

    10:05 PM ET, April 4, 2006

    Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington 

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    SEA 05001004 - 10 13 0

    W: J. Pineiro (1-0)

    L: J. Lackey (0-1)

    Sexson drives in five; Johjima homers again for Seattle

    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 time.

    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 left-center.

    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 eighth.

    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 ugly."

    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 opposite-field shot.

    "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 strikeouts.

    "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.

    Game notes


    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.

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