Seattle (65-85) at Toronto (73-76)

  • Game info: 7:07 pm EDT Tue Sep 20, 2005
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The Seattle Mariners can’t blame Richie Sexson for their second straight losing season.

Sexson hopes to finish his first season in Seattle with a flourish as the Mariners continue a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.

Seattle’s slugging first baseman has been everything the Mariners could’ve hoped for when they signed him to a four-year, $50 million free agent contract over the winter.

Sexson leads the Mariners with 38 home runs and 115 RBIs after missing most of the 2004 season in Arizona with a shoulder injury. He’s two homers shy of reaching the 40-homer mark for the third time in his career.

Sexson hit a grand slam in the ninth inning to rally Seattle to a 7-5 victory over Toronto on Monday, snapping the Mariners’ four-game losing streak.

It was his third grand slam of the season and the ninth of his career. Sexson drove in five runs for the third time this season.

“That’s my job. That’s why I was hired to come here, to drive in runs,” Sexson said. “I enjoy those situations. The guys did a good job to get on.”

The Blue Jays lost for the sixth time in eight games.

Toronto closer Miguel Batista blew his eighth save of the season and fourth since Aug. 23.

“Bad location,” Toronto pitching coach Brad Arnsberg said of the pitch Sexson hit out. “He’s trying to go middle in to Sexson there and he leaves it out and over the middle.”

Toronto’s Alex Rios tripled and homered in his first start since being benched for not running out a routine fly ball. The 24-year-old right fielder entered the game in a 6-for-57 slump that included going hitless in his last 16 at-bats.

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