BALTIMORE (AP) – Richie Sexson and Kenji Johjima homered, Yuniesky Betancourt and Jose Lopez each had three hits, and the Seattle Mariners used a late scoring surge to beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-5 on Monday night.

The Mariners trailed 3-0 before scoring all their runs in the final four innings. Sexson and Johjima connected against Eddy Rodriguez in a four-run eighth that made it 9-4 and all but assured Seattle its seventh win in nine games.

Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis homered for the Orioles, who have lost three of four.

Baltimore shortstop Miguel Tejada, the subject of trade rumors leading up to Monday’s non-waiver trading deadline, went 1-for-3 with a walk. Before the game, Tejada spoke excitedly about staying in Baltimore.

“I told them before that I don’t want to go anywhere. If I’m going to win, I want to win here,” he said. “Now, they show me they really want to win. They kept me here.”

Orioles starter Adam Loewen (1-3) faced the minimum 15 batters through the first five innings, giving up a third-inning single to Lopez before Adrian Beltre hit into a double play.

But the Mariners pulled even with a three-run sixth, then added two runs in the seventh.

Betancourt and Adam Jones got Seattle’s offense started with one-out singles in the sixth. After Lopez singled in a run, Loewen walked Beltre to load the bases for Raul Ibanez, who tied it with a two-run single.

The Mariners made it 5-3 in the seventh. Eduardo Perez led off with a single and advanced when left fielder Brandon Fahey misplayed the ball. Johjima followed with an RBI single to end the longest outing of Loewen’s career. He allowed seven hits and four earned runs in six innings with five strikeouts.

Julio Manon, called up from Triple-A Ottawa earlier Monday, got two outs before an error by third baseman Melvin Mora allowed another run to score.

Markakis hit his fourth homer in the bottom half to chase Julio Mateo (6-4), who had replaced starter Gil Meche in the sixth.

Sexson led off the eighth with his 23rd homer, the second in two games. After Perez walked, Johjima homered, Betancourt doubled and Lopez hit an RBI single for a 9-4 lead.

Corey Patterson singled in a run in the Orioles’ half, and Sexson hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Much earlier, Roberts homered on Meche’s second pitch to put the Orioles in front. The ball cleared the 25-foot scoreboard in right field and became the 39th in the 15-year history of Camden Yards to land on Eutaw Street.

Two batters later, Mora hit his 12th home run for a 2-0 lead. Jay Gibbons hit an RBI single in the Baltimore third.

Notes: Seattle is 17-4 when Sexson homers. … Roberts went 2-for-3 against Meche and is 12-for-23 against him lifetime. … Roberts has three homers, two in the last four games. Seattle rookie Mark Lowe retired the only batter he faced and is unscored upon in nine appearances. … Manon replaced LHP Kurt Birkins, who was placed on the 15-day DL with a sore elbow.

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