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Ichiro gets record-setting ninth straight 200-hit season

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Soaked in beer, Ichiro Suzuki smiled after a long day.

After he reached 200 hits for the ninth straight season during the second game of a doubleheader, Ken Griffey Jr. picked up his slight teammate, slung him over his shoulder and carried him to the showers, where teammates awaited with a beer bath.

"To get to enjoy this with these teammates I have, and especially that guy over there makes me very joyful," Ichiro said.

Ichiro beat out an infield single to become the first player in major league history with at least 200 in nine straight seasons as the Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 5-0 to split a doubleheader after losing the opener 7-2.

 Game 1: Rangers 7, Mariners 2

In his second at-bat of the nightcap, Suzuki hit a slow roller to shortstop Elvis Andrus, beating the throw for No. 200 and driving in a run for a 2-0 lead.

Suzuki, who went 1 for 5 in the second game, received a standing ovation from the sparse crowd, stepping off first base and doffing his batting helmet to thank the fans.

He had been tied with Willie Keeler, who had eight consecutive 200-hit seasons from 1894-1901.

"It's always good to see history," Griffey said. "[The beer shower] was a little cold for him."

In the opener, Suzuki doubled in four at-bats, but the Mariners lost for the sixth time in seven games.

The mood in the Mariners' clubhouse was lighter after the nightcap.

"To see a 108-year-old record broken is pretty special," Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said.

Felix Hernandez (15-5) struck out five and walked one, retiring 10 in a row from the third through the sixth. He's given up one run or less and lasted at least seven innings in 15 of his 30 starts this season.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said his team wasn't worn down at the end of the long day. Texas simply ran into a dominant pitcher, Washington said.

"That had to do with Felix Hernandez," Washington said.

Hernandez struggled with a tight back in the first three innings before it loosened up.

"I was wild," Hernandez said. "I was all over the place. I was a little quick. I had to slow down my delivery."

Adrian Beltre's two-run homer in the fifth inning of the nightcap extended Seattle's lead to 5-0.

Texas was playing its third doubleheader this month due to rainouts. The Rangers swept the first two.

Rain that pelted the area for the past four days caused the opener to begin 4 hours, 31 minutes after the originally scheduled start time of 12:35 p.m. It was a makeup of Friday night's rainout.

The Rangers fell four games behind Boston for the AL wild card. The Red Sox swept a doubleheader from slumping Tampa Bay at Fenway Park.

"We've got 20 games to go," Washington said. "We've got to keep taking care of our business. It was a tough day today. It's tough to win doubleheaders."

Seattle got an RBI double from Jose Lopez off rookie Derek Holland (7-11) in the first inning of the second game, and Jack Wilson's run-scoring single in the fourth made it 3-0.

Holland lost his fourth straight start, giving up five runs and eight hits in six innings.

The Rangers are still missing two All-Stars: outfielder Josh Hamilton and third baseman Michael Young. Hamilton has missed the last eight games with a pinched nerve in his back and Young has sat out the past nine with a strained left hamstring.

Both could return for this weekend's series against the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels.

Notes

  • The Mariners had their ninth shutout of the season. Mark Lowe, who played in college for Texas-Arlington, pitched the eighth and David Aardsma took care of the ninth to finish off the M's ninth shutout of the season.
  • Texas rookie Julio Borbon had three hits in the second game.
  • The Rangers were shut out for the second time in their last seven games.
  • The Rangers hadn't started rookie pitchers in a doubleheader in nearly 31 years. Steve Comer and Danny Darwin got the starts against Seattle on Sept. 24, 1978 in Arlington.
  • Andrus hit safely in both games, extending his hitting streak to 15 games, longest by a rookie in the majors this season. He also tied George Wright (1982) and Jerry Browne (1987) for the rookie club record.
 
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'To get to enjoy this with these teammates ... makes me very joyful,' Ichiro Suzuki says.  (AP)
'To get to enjoy this with these teammates ... makes me very joyful,' Ichiro Suzuki says. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

A. Beltre
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Seattle

F. Hernandez
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 5
 

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5011011 .353
Franklin Gutierrez, CF4220111 .278
Jose Lopez, 1B5011002 .270
Mike Sweeney, DH4000013 .271
Adrian Beltre, 3B3112120 .264
Bill Hall, LF3110102 .215
Jack Wilson, SS4011000 .254
Josh Wilson, 2B3110102 .216
Rob Johnson, C4000005 .217
Totals3558545  
Batting
2B - Franklin Gutierrez (19, Holland), Jose Lopez (36, Holland), Josh Wilson (8, Holland)
3B - Bill Hall (1, Holland)
HR - Adrian Beltre (6, Holland)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (40), Jose Lopez (86), Adrian Beltre 2 (37), Jack Wilson (39)
2-OUT RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (21), Adrian Beltre 2 (9)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Beltre-Wilson-J. Lopez
Seattle Mariners
Felix Hernandez (W,15-5) 7400150 2.52
Mark Lowe 1100010 2.88
David Aardsma 1100010 2.12
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 109-65, Mark Lowe 8-6, David Aardsma 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 10-5, Mark Lowe 2-0
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 25, Mark Lowe 4, David Aardsma 4
Texas Rangers
Julio Borbon, DH4030001 .333
Elvis Andrus, SS4010013 .277
Ian Kinsler, 2B4000012 .256
Marlon Byrd, CF4000011 .284
David Murphy, LF4010010 .270
Nelson Cruz, RF3000111 .269
Chris Davis, 1B3000001 .215
Taylor Teagarden, C3010010 .212
Omar Vizquel, 3B3000011 .278
Totals3206017  
Batting
2B - Taylor Teagarden (10, Hernandez)
SB - Julio Borbon (14, 2nd base off Hernandez/Johnson)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Vizquel-Kinsler-Davis
E - Elvis Andrus 2 (21, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Derek Holland (L,7-11) 6855231 6.01
Eddie Guardado 1000100 4.08
Darren O'Day 1000110 1.73
Doug Mathis 1000010 2.84
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Holland 88-58, Eddie Guardado 18-9, Darren O'Day 16-9, Doug Mathis 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Holland 5-9, Eddie Guardado 2-1, Darren O'Day 2-1, Doug Mathis 1-1
Batters Faced - Derek Holland 27, Eddie Guardado 4, Darren O'Day 5, Doug Mathis 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18522
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Dan Bellino