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Oakland at Seattle

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SEATTLE -- Ichiro Suzuki was starting to think he might not reach 200 hits.

"This year has been a tough year," the Seattle Mariners leadoff hitter said. "Obviously, the last few weeks there's been a lot of pressure and a lot of stress. I'm just relieved I got it."

Suzuki became the sixth major-leaguer with 200 hits in five consecutive seasons and the first to do it in his first five years, leading the last-place Mariners over the Oakland Athletics 4-1 on Friday night.

Jamie Moyer improved to 10-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 17 starts at home this season. The 42-year-old left-hander (13-7) ran his career record at Safeco Field to 51-26, beating the A's for the first time in eight starts since Sept. 28, 2003.

Raising his batting average four points, Suzuki went 4-for-5 -- including two doubles -- to give him 202 hits. With two games left, Suzuki is hitting .301.

Willie Keeler (1894-1901) holds the record with eight straight 200-hit seasons, while Wade Boggs (1983-89) had seven. Suzuki joined Chuck Klein (1929-33), Al Simmons (1929-33) and Charlie Gehringer (1933-37) at five in a row.

"The part about Ichiro getting 200 hits was a pretty good deal," manager Mike Hargrove said.

Suzuki, 31, established the major-league record with 262 hits last season, breaking George Sisler's mark of 257 set in 1920.

Suzuki has 1,126 hits since joining the Mariners in 2001 after playing nine professional seasons in Japan with the Orix Blue Wave.

"There have been times this year when I would get negative and I would get mad," Suzuki said through a translator.

Moyer allowed one run and five hits with no walks, two hit batters and five strikeouts. On the road this year, he was 3-7 with a 6.11 ERA in 15 starts. He had his fifth consecutive season with 200 or more innings.

Moyer lost his bid for a shutout when Mark Ellis led off the eighth with his 13th homer. It was the 23rd homer allowed by Moyer in 2005 -- seven at home -- after he gave up 44 homers to lead the majors and set a club record last season.

It was a particularly emotional night for Moyer because his longtime catcher in Seattle, Dan Wilson, plans to retire at the end of the season. Wilson caught the first inning before coming out.

Moyer and Wilson embraced near the mound before Wilson left the game at the start of the second inning.

It might have been Moyer's last start in Seattle. He is a free agent after this season.

"I really haven't thought about that," said Moyer, who has said he wants to pitch next season. "To me, it was Danny's day."

On Fan Appreciation Night, Wilson got a standing ovation from the crowd of 34,809 after coming out of his 1,251st -- and final -- career game with the Mariners. Wilson is in his 12th season in Seattle and 14th in the majors.

Wilson said he broke down in tears before going to the bench, where he was joined by his 7-year-old son, Elijah, and former Mariners teammates Jay Buhner and Edgar Martinez.

"It's funny," he said. "You get out there and you just go numb. It was really a special moment. It was just incredible."

Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for Seattle for his 36th save in 41 opportunities.

The A's, who were eliminated from playoff contention on Tuesday, fell behind 3-0 in the first, when Kirk Saarloos (10-9) gave up two hits and walked two. Adrian Beltre had an RBI groundout and Greg Dobbs singled in two runs.

Seattle made it 4-0 in the fifth on Beltre's RBI double.

Saarloos pitched six innings, giving up four runs, seven hits and three walks.

"We couldn't do much against Moyer," Oakland manager Ken Macha said. "He pitched his usual game, moving the ball around, changing speeds, cutting it, sinking it, curving it, changing it. We didn't have a lot of opportunities."

Notes

Macha said before Friday night's game that SS Bobby Crosby's season was over. Crosby left the game against the Angels on Tuesday night after six innings with soreness in his left ankle and has not played since. He was on the 15-day DL from Aug. 28-Sept. 19 with a fractured left ankle. "I'm not going to play the guy if there's pain in there," Macha said. "He's got medical clearance, but I don't think it's fair to anybody." The 25-year-old Crosby hit .276 with nine homers and 38 RBI in 84 games in his second full season with the A's. Crosby was on the DL from April 5-May 29 with two broken ribs after getting hurt opening day at Baltimore.

 
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Players of the Game
Seattle

I. Suzuki
AB 5
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
Seattle

J. Moyer
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 0
K 4
 
Oakland Athletics
Mark Ellis, 2B2111000 .318
Jason Kendall, C4010013 .270
Mark Kotsay, CF4010001 .281
Eric Chavez, 3B4000002 .269
Bobby Kielty, RF4020012 .263
Jay Payton, LF4000002 .269
Scott Hatteberg, DH3000010 .259
   a- Hiram Bocachica, PH-DH1000001 .133
Dan Johnson, 1B4010021 .278
Marco Scutaro, SS3000001 .239
Totals331610513 
a-lined out for Hatteberg in the 9th
Batting
2B - Mark Kotsay (34, Moyer)
HR - Mark Ellis (13, Moyer)
RBI - Mark Ellis (51)
Team LOB - 7
Oakland Athletics
Kirk Saarloos (L,10-9) 6744310 4.17
Kiko Calero 1100100 3.23
Ron Flores 1100000 1.04
IBB - Dobbs by Kirk Saarloos, Dobbs by Kiko Calero
HBP - Betancourt (by Kirk Saarloos)
Pitches-Strikes - Kirk Saarloos 100-59, Kiko Calero 20-9, Ron Flores 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kirk Saarloos 10-7, Kiko Calero 2-1
Batters Faced - Kirk Saarloos 29, Kiko Calero 5, Ron Flores 4
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5040000 .301
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4210003 .255
Raul Ibanez, LF3110103 .283
Richie Sexson, 1B3110101 .264
Adrian Beltre, 3B4012001 .257
Greg Dobbs, DH2012200 .254
Jose Lopez, 2B4000006 .250
Jaime Bubela, CF4000010 .077
Dan Wilson, C0000000 .185
    Yorvit Torrealba, C4000000 .236
Totals334944114 
Batting
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (21, Saarloos), Raul Ibanez (32, Calero), Adrian Beltre (36, Saarloos)
RBI - Adrian Beltre 2 (87), Greg Dobbs 2 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Beltre (20), Greg Dobbs 2 (11)
Team LOB - 10
Seattle Mariners
Jamie Moyer (W,13-7) 8511041 4.28
Eddie Guardado (S,36) 1100010 2.72
HBP - Ellis (by Jamie Moyer), Ellis (by Jamie Moyer)
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 112-70, Eddie Guardado 25-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 4-16
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 31, Eddie Guardado 4
Game Information
Attendance - 34809
Game Time - 2:19
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - John Hirschbeck