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Richie Sexson hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning off Jose Mesa to lift the Cleveland Indians over the Seattle Mariners 7-4 Sunday night.

Cleveland manager Mike Hargrove recorded his 700th victory as the Indians won their third straight in the series. At 76-47, the Indians have the best record in baseball and are a season-high 29 games over .500.

Mesa (1-5), who gave up a run to the Indians in the ninth to tie the score for his fourth blown save, walked Manny Ramirez with one out before Sexson hit a 1-1 pitch 381 feet over the right field fence.

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  • It was Sexson's 24th homer of the season and his second in the series.

    Steve Sinclair replaced Mesa in the 10th and gave up a bases-loaded walk to Jesse Levis to make it 7-4.

    David Riske (1-0) struck out three in 1 2-3 innings to get his first major league victory in his fifth appearance for the Indians.

    Mike Jackson pitched the 10th for his 29th save and second of the series.

    Mariners manager Lou Piniella was ejected after a heated argument with second-base umpire Bill Welke after Carlos Baerga stole second base. It was Piniella's third ejection of the season. It appeared on TV replays that Baerga went out of the base line to avoid shortstop Alex Rodriguez's tag.

    When Piniella came out of the dugout he stumbled and fell as Hargrove watched and laughed.

    The Indians fought back to tie th score at 4 when pinch-hitter David Justice hit a sacrifice fly to score Roberto Alomar in the ninth.

    Ken Griffey Jr.'s two-run homer off Paul Assenmacher with one out in the eighth gave Seattle a 4-3 lead.

    Griffey's AL-leading 38th homer came after Paul Shuey struck out pinch-hitter Tom Lampkin, but Lampkin reached first on a wild pitch. Griffey, who also tripled and had four RBIs, then hit a 1-1 pitch off Assenmacher, who suffered his second blown save of the season.

    Ramirez put the Indians ahead 3-2 by leading off the sixth with a homer, his 33rd, off starter Jamie Moyer.

    Chris Haney, released at the end of spring training by the Los Angeles Dodgers, made his first start of the season for the Indians.

    Haney, 30, was called up from Triple-A Buffalo on July 22 and appeared in five other games for Cleveland. In six innings, Haney gave up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out six.

    Moyer went 7 1-3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and one walk.

    Cleveland went ahead 1-0 on Enrique's Wilson RBI double in the third before Griffey's two-triple made it 2-1 Seattle in the bottom of the inning. The Indians tied the score at 2 when Einar Diaz led off the fifth with his third homer of the season.


  • The Indians have outhomered the Mariners 5-1 in the first three games of the series. Cleveland has a 15-10 edge in home runs against Seattle.
  • The Mariners have been outhomered 26-23 in their first 24 games at Safeco. They lead the majors with 193 homers.
  • Haney made his first start since last Aug. 30 for Kansas City at Baltimore.
  • Ramirez had his 17th career homer against Seattle, including two this season.
  • Moyer has allowed 21 homers in 26 starts this year.
  • Edgar Martinez of Seattle had his fifth multi-hit game in a row.
  • Seattle's two runs in the third broke a string of 14 scoreless innings.
  • Omar Vizquel stole his 30th base. He has 30 or more steals in four straight seasons.
  • Griffey hit his fifth homer at Safeco.

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