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He's now Seattle's career win leader

Jamie Moyer pitched six solid innings for his 131st win with Seattle, passing Randy Johnson to become the club's career leader as the Mariners beat the visiting Toronto Blue Jays, 4-3, last night.

Richie Sexson hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs for the Mariners, who won their third straight, matching a season high.

The 42-year-old Moyer (5-2) improved his record in Seattle to 131-70 in 277 games. Over 20 major league seasons, he's 197-147. Johnson, 41, was 130-74 with Seattle from 1989-98, pitching in 274 games. He's 251-131 in 18 major league seasons.

Moyer allowed one run and four hits with two walks and two strikeouts, but reliever Julio Mateo made things interesting when he gave up two solo homers while recording only two outs in the seventh.

Pinch hitter Orlando Hudson led off the seventh with a homer to right. Two outs later, Reed Johnson went deep to left to get the Blue Jays within 4-3. Mateo was pulled for J.J. Putz, who got Aaron Hill to ground out.

Putz and Matt Thornton combined for 1 1/3 scoreless innings, then turned it over to closer Eddie Guardado. Making his 700th appearance, he worked the ninth for his 14th save in 15 opportunities.

White Sox 5, Angels 4 -- In his first appearance in the major leagues since breaking a bone in his left ankle last July 6, White Sox slugger Frank Thomas strained a hip flexor and left in the seventh as host Chicago beat Los Angeles.

Thomas, who went 0 for 2 with a walk, said his latest injury wasn't serious.

''I just felt a little twinge in the hip flexor," he said. ''It was just one of those things you don't want to get out of hand by hitting a line drive and having to leg it out. It's a day-by-day situation, and I'm feeling good. I didn't want to go out on the first day and be down for two weeks."

Thomas had hit just .190 in 11 games during a minor league rehabilitation assignment at Triple A Charlotte. He received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 38,685 in the first inning, his first plate appearance since surgery last Oct. 6.

Thomas popped out in the first, walked and scored in the third, and lined to left in the fifth.

Timo Perez, just 5 feet 9 inches, replaced the 6-5 Thomas in the seventh and hit a two-run single in the ninth that won the game for Chicago.

Athletics 5, Devil Rays 4 -- Mark Kotsay drove home Marco Scutaro with a two-out single in the 11th inning, and host Oakland snapped its eight-game losing streak.

Jason Kendall tied it, 4-4, with a two-out RBI single in the ninth for the A's, who rallied from a three-run deficit in the eighth to avoid their longest losing streak since dropping nine straight from July 21-29, 1998.

After Charles Thomas and Scutaro singled with one out in the 11th against Travis Harper (1-3), the Devil Rays caught Thomas in a rundown between third and home plate after Kendall's grounder. But Kotsay laced a clean single to right-center, drawing his teammates out of the dugout for a celebration at the Coliseum.


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