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Ichiro sets pair of records despite Royals beating Mariners

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike Hargrove is in his second season managing the Seattle Mariners and he's still amazed by Ichiro Suzuki.

Suzuki stole his AL single-season record 33rd consecutive base in the third inning and extended another major league record in the Kansas City Royals' 7-4 victory over Seattle on Saturday night.

Suzuki singled in his first two at-bats to extend his own major league record for consecutive 200-hit seasons to begin a career to six. Suzuki went 3-for-5 and scored two runs.

"He's got an incredible ability to put the ball in play and swing the bat very well," Hargrove said. "He does it so well and so consistently that people take it for granted that he's going to get 200 hits and they don't realize how absolutely difficult that is. If it were easier, there'd be a whole lot of people doing it and there aren't."

Suzuki said he wasn't even aware of the stolen-base record, but getting 200 hits again was important to him.

"I always make it a goal for myself every year and the people watching are also aware of it," he said. "To continue to do this is an important thing for me. I'm still happy about the record, because that's two different things."

Mark Redman (10-9) was bidding for his third complete game of the season before Mike Morse and Suzuki each doubled in a run in the ninth to cut it to 7-4. Joe Nelson relieved Redman and struck out Adrian Beltre on three pitches for his eighth save in eight chances.

Redman yielded four runs and 10 hits. He struck out four and walked two.

Suzuki singled in the third for his second hit of the game and advanced to second on pitcher Mark Redman's throwing error. He then stole third as part of a double steal. Suzuki's stolen base broke the league record for consecutive swipes previously held by Kansas City's Willie Wilson, who was successful on 32 straight attempts in 1980.

Vince Coleman holds the major league record with 44 straight steals for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1989.

Suzuki scored on Raul Ibanez's sacrifice fly to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead but Kansas City responded with two runs in the bottom half and five more in the fourth.

Angel Berroa walked ahead of Joey Gathright's first major league home run in the third, and the Royals batted around in the fourth. Shane Costa hit a two-run triple and scored on Berroa's two-out single. David DeJesus tacked on a two-run double against Joel Pineiro (8-12).

"Red was a little lethargic in figuring out what he was going to do, but got through that one inning (the third) and they only scored one run," Kansas City manager Buddy Bell said. "That was huge. Then Joey gave us two quick runs and that gave us a little energy."

Pineiro allowed seven runs and seven hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out two.

Notes

  • Suzuki has 39 steals this season. It was his 63rd multihit game of the season, tops in the majors.
  • Pineiro appeared at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium for the first time. It was the only American League ballpark in which he had not pitched. He also has appeared in nine National League parks.
  • Kansas City DH Mike Sweeney returned to the lineup for the first time since Sept. 9. He missed the last five games with tightness in his right oblique area.
  • Redman became Kansas City's first 10-game winner since Darrell May (10-8) in 2003.
 
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We've seen this over 200 times this season -- Ichiro Suzuki slaps a base hit in the third inning.  (AP)
We've seen this over 200 times this season -- Ichiro Suzuki slaps a base hit in the third inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

J. Gathright
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Seattle

I. Suzuki
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF5231001 .318
Adrian Beltre, 3B4010011 .262
Kenji Johjima, C3011111 .298
Raul Ibanez, LF3001002 .277
Richie Sexson, 1B4000013 .253
Eduardo Perez, DH4010010 .254
Jose Lopez, 2B3110111 .286
Mike Morse, RF4131001 .371
Willie Bloomquist, SS4000002 .240
Totals3441042512 
Batting
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (19, Redman), Mike Morse (5, Redman)
SF - Raul Ibanez (7)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (42), Kenji Johjima (66), Raul Ibanez (110), Mike Morse (9)
2-OUT RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (20)
SB - Ichiro Suzuki (39, 3rd base off Redman/Bako), Adrian Beltre (11, 2nd base off Redman/Bako)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - J. Lopez-Bloomquist-Sexson
E - Jose Lopez (14, )
Seattle Mariners
Joel Pineiro (L,8-12) 4777121 6.27
Ryan Feierabend 4100120 0.00
HBP - Shealy (by Joel Pineiro)
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 64-44, Ryan Feierabend 58-38
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 8-1, Ryan Feierabend 4-7
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 20, Ryan Feierabend 15
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, LF4022000 .296
Esteban German, 3B4010012 .341
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4010002 .295
Mike Sweeney, DH4100002 .258
Ryan Shealy, 1B2100110 .301
Shane Costa, RF4112001 .278
Paul Bako, C4000011 .212
Angel Berroa, SS3211111 .229
Joey Gathright, CF3222000 .233
Totals32787249 
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (32, Pineiro)
3B - Shane Costa (1, Pineiro)
HR - Joey Gathright (1, Pineiro)
RBI - David DeJesus 2 (48), Shane Costa 2 (22), Angel Berroa (51), Joey Gathright 2 (36)
2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus 2 (18), Angel Berroa (27)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - German-Grudzielanek-Shealy, Berroa-Grudzielanek-Shealy, Grudzielanek-Berroa-Shealy
E - Mark Grudzielanek (4, ), Mark Redman (3, )
Kansas City Royals
Mark Redman (W,10-9) 8.21044240 5.33
Joe Nelson (S,8) 0.1000010 3.99
HBP - Beltre (by Mark Redman)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Redman 126-78, Joe Nelson 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Redman 11-9
Batters Faced - Mark Redman 37, Joe Nelson 1
Game Information
Attendance - 12116
Game Time - 2:20
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Travis Reininger