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Ichiro picks up 2,000th career hit in M's loss to A's

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Scott Hairston took advantage of a second chance. Ichiro took advantage of the second pitch.

Ichiro's 2,000th hit was overshadowed by the go-ahead grand slam Hairston hit in the seventh inning to help the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 5-2 Sunday.

Suzuki reached the milestone on a double in the first inning against Gio Gonzalez (5-5), who went a career-high seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits.

"I was very clueless to what happened," Gonzalez said. "He's the first batter, I tried to go inside and he gets a leadoff hit. He did his job and I congratulate him."

Hairston popped up with the bases loaded in the fifth inning against Seattle starter Doug Fister. When he found himself in the same situation two innings later, he delivered.

"He's been struggling lately but the ball jumps off his bat," A's manager Bob Geren said. "He's getting a chance to play every day and he'll only keep getting better."

Hairston made an impression on Geren when he homered twice in a spring training game.

"It was kind of our introduction to him," said Geren. "It was 'Wow, who is that?' Little did we know then he'd be with us a few months later."

Landon Powell also homered for the A's, who won their second straight.

Jose Lopez and Adrian Beltre drove in runs for the Mariners, who had won nine of their previous 13 and seemed on their way in this one before Hairston's slam off Shawn Kelley (4-2).

Fister lasted five innings, giving up a run on six hits before leaving after developing a blister.

"He developed it about the third inning and he did a good job of getting through five," Mariners' manager Don Wakamatsu said. "It's unfortunate because from the beginning it looked he was going to pitch a heck of a game."

Brad Ziegler pitched the eighth and Andrew Bailey got the final three outs for his 23rd save in 27 chances, including the last 18 in a row.

Suzuki, who has a 17-game hitting streak against the A's, drilled Gonzalez's second pitch down the right field line for a double and hit No. 2,000.

"No matter what the situation is I want to get a hit as early as possible," Suzuki said through an interpreter. "Personally it's not a big surprise, but looking back to my first spring training when I was criticized, it does have meaning now."

The Mariners' outfielder, who accumulated 1,278 hits in Japan, became the second-fastest to 2,000 hits, recording it in his 1,402 major-league game. Al Simmons did it in game 1,390.

"I knew he could play baseball and he's just fun to watch," Mariners' outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. said. "That's a special day for him and for all of us. It's nice to see history made. Five more hits and we get to watch it all over again."

Even before the ball fell in front of the Seattle bullpen, fans stood to cheer Ichiro, who led off a game with a hit for the 215th time.

"He's a special player," Wakamatsu said. "He'll continue to tack on record after record as long as he stays healthy."

Suzuki has 128 hits in Oakland, his favorite road park. His 227 hits against the A's is his second most behind the 239 he's earned against the Texas Rangers.

Suzuki, the 259th player to reach the milestone, went 1 for 4 and needs five more hits for 200 on the season, which would break the record he shares with Willie Keeler at nine consecutive seasons with 200.

Notes

  • Mariners' OF Franklin Gutierrez recorded his AL-leading 12th sacrifice bunt.
  • The Mariners have scored in the first or second inning in nine of their past 13 games.
  • Gonzalez allowed 31 runs in his first 34 innings at home.
  • Bailey tied Oakland's rookie record for saves, matching Huston Street with his 23rd.
 
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Ichiro Suzuki becomes the 259th player and second fastest to reach 2,000 career hits.  (AP)
Ichiro Suzuki becomes the 259th player and second fastest to reach 2,000 career hits. (AP)

Players of the Game
Oakland

S. Hairston
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
Seattle

J. Lopez
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4110011 .362
Franklin Gutierrez, CF3110000 .285
Jose Lopez, 1B3021100 .267
Mike Sweeney, DH3000103 .273
Adrian Beltre, 3B3011001 .264
Bill Hall, 2B4000023 .207
Kenji Johjima, C4010002 .244
    Josh Wilson, PR0000000 .221
Jack Wilson, SS3010000 .253
   a- Mike Carp, PH1000011 .300
Michael Saunders, LF3000011 .200
Totals3127225  
a-struck out for J. Wilson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (27, G. Gonzalez)
SH - Franklin Gutierrez (12)
RBI - Jose Lopez (84), Adrian Beltre (33)
SB - Franklin Gutierrez (13, 3rd base off G. Gonzalez/Powell)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Doug Fister (1, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
Doug Fister 5611251 2.79
Shawn Kelley (BS,3; L,4-2) 2344021 4.82
Randy Messenger 1000000 4.91
HBP - Davis (by Shawn Kelley)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 94-56, Shawn Kelley 43-30, Randy Messenger 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 2-8, Shawn Kelley 1-3, Randy Messenger 1-2
Batters Faced - Doug Fister 23, Shawn Kelley 10, Randy Messenger 3
Oakland Athletics
Adam Kennedy, 3B3120100 .285
Rajai Davis, CF3120000 .299
Ryan Sweeney, RF3000115 .278
Scott Hairston, DH4114005 .268
Landon Powell, C4111025 .254
Mark Ellis, 2B4010000 .276
Daric Barton, 1B4010001 .215
Eric Patterson, LF4000022 .163
Cliff Pennington, SS4110021 .252
Totals3359527  
Batting
2B - Rajai Davis (17, Fister)
HR - Scott Hairston (17, Kelley), Landon Powell (6, Fister)
RBI - Scott Hairston 4 (58), Landon Powell (28)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Pennington-Ellis-Barton, Pennington-Barton
Oakland Athletics
Gio Gonzalez (W,5-5) 7622230 5.76
Brad Ziegler (H,13) 1000000 3.03
Andrew Bailey (S,23) 1100020 2.06
HBP - Beltre (by Gio Gonzalez)
Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 101-59, Brad Ziegler 8-7, Andrew Bailey 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 11-5, Brad Ziegler 1-2
Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 28, Brad Ziegler 3, Andrew Bailey 4
Game Information
Attendance - 16188
Game Time - 2:20
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Ted Barrett