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Ichiro reaches milestone, Mariners outlast Diamondbacks in slugfest

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PHOENIX -- Ichiro Suzuki wasted little time reaching another milestone after a rare day off.

Suzuki led off the game with his 2,500th career hit and finished 4 for 5 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored and the Seattle Mariners outlasted the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-9 in 10 innings on Tuesday.

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"If you look at me know and if you look at me when I first got here in 2001, if I said my first day that my goal is to hit 2,500, on that day people would say that I was crazy," Suzuki said through an interpreter. "Now looking at, things do come true."

Between his nine seasons in the Japanese Pacific League and his 12-plus seasons in Seattle, Ichiro has 3,781 hits, the third most among professional players in either country, trailing only Pete Rose and Ty Cobb.

The milestone came the night after Seattle manager Eric Wedge had given Suzuki his second day off of the season.

"Yesterday was tough for me," Ichiro said. "It was very regrettable because you want to go out there and perform but I understand the skipper's situation. It depends from here on how I will be given the day off."

Wedge had no doubts spending a night in the dugout helped his right fielder.

"You saw the way he swung the bat today," Wedge said. "From his first swing in his first at-bat when he fouled that pitch back, that got my attention right away. Then he dropped a couple in there and hit a couple hard.

"It is something that he has to understand that it's not a bad thing if you get a day off now and then. I know what he is conditioned for and that he wants to play every day but what we are looking for is getting the most out of everybody over 162 games."

Suzuki capped the Mariners' three-run 10th inning when he used his classic inside-out swing to slice a double just inside the left-field line a few feet past the third-base bag, easily scoring Casper Wells to put Seattle in front 12-9.

Wells had hit a pinch-hit, two-run single off sidewinding right-hander Brad Ziegler to give the Mariners an 11-9 lead.

J.J. Putz (1-4) walked Justin Smoak leading off the 10th, Dustin Ackley looped a single to center, moving pinch-runner Munenori Kawasaki to second and Brendan Ryan advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt before Wells came to the plate.

"I was kind of picking up where he released from, which basically was the dirt," Wells said. "I was looking for a pitch that I could handle and hit it hard. You have to have your focus."

Smoak, Ryan and Kyle Seager homered for the Mariners, who have won three of their past four.

Aaron Hill, Gerardo Parra and Paul Goldschmidt homered for the Diamondbacks, who saw their six-game home winning streak snapped.

Charlie Furbish (3-1) struck out four over two scoreless innings and Tom Wilhelmsen struck out the side in the ninth for his fifth save.

Putz pitched one inning plus the two batters, giving up two earned runs on a hit and a walk with one strikeout.

"Asking J.J. to go out there for the 10th, I knew it was going to be a tough task," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "He hasn't pitched in eight days then we ask him to go out for a second inning. It's a situation where you're just trying to get as much out of your pitchers as you can."

Miguel Montero had given the Diamondbacks a 9-8 lead in sixth with an RBI single off Lucas Luetge, the first earned run the rookie had allowed in 26 appearances. Suzuki drove in Ryan with a sacrifice fly to right against David Hernandez in the eighth to tie the game 9-9.

Arizona rallied from an earlier 2-0 deficit three runs in the third, the last two coming on a double to left by Goldschmidt, and made it 5-2 in the fourth on the solo home runs by Parra and Hill.

Seager and Ryan each hit three-run homers to power a six-run fifth inning that gave the Mariners an 8-5 lead.

Goldschmidt homered in the bottom of the inning to start a three-run rally that tied the game at 8.

Arizona starter Daniel Hudson allowing seven runs in four-plus innings on 10 hits with two walks. He struck out six. It was the second time in three starts the right-hander has failed to make it through five full innings.

"I don't know what's going on right now," Hudson said. "I've just got to figure it out. It's just a stretch where when I make a good pitch it finds a hole and I can't make a pitch to get out of an inning."

Seattle starter Erasmo Ramirez also pitched four innings, giving up five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts.

"When you're in a National League game and your starter gives you four innings and your long guy gives you two outs, you're really up against it," Wedge said.

Notes

  • Wells is 9 for 17 with a home run and four RBI since he was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on June 13.
  • Mariners relievers had allowed only one run in their past 19 innings before giving up four runs in their first two innings Tuesday.
  • Hill doubled in the first for his fifth consecutive hit before hitting a sacrifice fly to shallow center in the third to end his streak.
  • RHP Trevor Cahill takes the mound for Arizona against LHP Jason Vargas in an afternoon getaway day game on Wednesday. Vargas is 2-0 in his career against the Diamondbacks but hasn't started against Arizona since June 20, 2009. Cahill is 3-0 with a 0.77 ERA in his past three starts.
 
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Ichiro's 2,500th hit comes in his 1,817th game -- the fourth quickest to reach that milestone in MLB history.  (US Presswire)
Ichiro's 2,500th hit comes in his 1,817th game -- the fourth quickest to reach that milestone in MLB history. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Seattle

I. Suzuki
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
Arizona

P. Goldschmidt
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5242000 .265
Franklin Gutierrez, CF4100121 .150
Kyle Seager, 3B6124011 .262
Jesus Montero, C5110041 .264
Michael Saunders, LF5110001 .264
Justin Smoak, 1B4111112 .220
    Munenori Kawasaki, PR-2B0100000 .189
Dustin Ackley, 2B-1B4120112 .255
Brendan Ryan, SS3223111 .179
Erasmo Ramirez, P3000013 .000
    Hisashi Iwakuma, P0000000 .000
    Shawn Kelley, P0000000 .000
    Lucas Luetge, P0000000 .000
    Brandon League, P0000000 .000
   a- John Jaso, PH1010000 .265
    Charlie Furbush, P0000000 .000
   b- Casper Wells, PH1112000 .297
    Tom Wilhelmsen, P0000000 .000
Totals41121512411  
a-singled for League in the 8th
b-singled for Furbush in the 10th
Batting
2B - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (14, Hudson, Ziegler)
HR - Kyle Seager (9, Hudson), Justin Smoak (11, Hudson), Brendan Ryan (2, Breslow)
SF - Ichiro Suzuki (3)
SH - Franklin Gutierrez (1), Brendan Ryan (4)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (25), Kyle Seager 4 (43), Justin Smoak (31), Brendan Ryan 3 (17), Casper Wells 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Smoak (15), Brendan Ryan 3 (6)
CS - Ichiro Suzuki (1, 2nd base by Hudson/Montero)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Ryan-Ackley-Smoak
E - Brendan Ryan (2, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Erasmo Ramirez 4754152 5.40
Hisashi Iwakuma 0.2533101 4.97
Shawn Kelley 0.1000010 3.86
Lucas Luetge 1211110 0.51
Brandon League 1000000 3.77
Charlie Furbush (W,3-1) 2000040 2.30
Tom Wilhelmsen (S,5) 1000030 3.00
IBB - Parra by Erasmo Ramirez, Hill by Hisashi Iwakuma
WP - Hisashi Iwakuma (1), Lucas Luetge 2 (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Erasmo Ramirez 78-49, Hisashi Iwakuma 28-14, Shawn Kelley 6-3, Lucas Luetge 19-12, Brandon League 10-7, Charlie Furbush 27-17, Tom Wilhelmsen 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erasmo Ramirez 5-3, Hisashi Iwakuma 1-1, Lucas Luetge 1-0, Brandon League 3-0
Batters Faced - Erasmo Ramirez 21, Hisashi Iwakuma 8, Shawn Kelley 1, Lucas Luetge 5, Brandon League 3, Charlie Furbush 6, Tom Wilhelmsen 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Willie Bloomquist, SS6121020 .288
Aaron Hill, 2B4122110 .288
Justin Upton, RF5100034 .253
Jason Kubel, LF5220011 .298
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4123110 .282
Miguel Montero, C5021011 .255
Josh Bell, 3B5110023 .188
Gerardo Parra, CF4221111 .263
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
Daniel Hudson, P2000012 .167
    Craig Breslow, P0000000 .000
   a- Lyle Overbay, PH1011000 .366
    Mike Zagurski, P0000000 .000
    Bryan Shaw, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Roberts, PH1000000 .239
    David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
    Chris Young, CF1000010 .228
Totals439149314  
a-singled for Breslow in the 5th
b-grounded out for Shaw in the 7th
Batting
2B - Aaron Hill (14, Ramirez), Jason Kubel (16, Ramirez), Josh Bell (2, Ramirez)
3B - Willie Bloomquist (5, Ramirez)
HR - Aaron Hill (9, Ramirez), Paul Goldschmidt (9, Iwakuma), Gerardo Parra (6, Ramirez)
SF - Aaron Hill (1)
RBI - Willie Bloomquist (12), Aaron Hill 2 (30), Paul Goldschmidt 3 (30), Miguel Montero (34), Gerardo Parra (22), Lyle Overbay (10)
2-OUT RBI - Willie Bloomquist (4), Aaron Hill (10), Lyle Overbay (7)
SB - Paul Goldschmidt (6, 2nd base off Ramirez/Montero)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Montero-Hill
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Daniel Hudson 41077262 6.60
Craig Breslow 1111021 3.14
Mike Zagurski 1000010 4.20
Bryan Shaw (H,7) 1000010 3.25
David Hernandez (BS,4) 1111100 3.14
J.J. Putz (L,1-4) 1122110 5.73
Brad Ziegler 1211000 2.67
WP - Craig Breslow (1), Brad Ziegler (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Hudson 90-55, Craig Breslow 17-10, Mike Zagurski 16-8, Bryan Shaw 13-10, David Hernandez 19-12, J.J. Putz 19-10, Brad Ziegler 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Hudson 2-3, Mike Zagurski 2-0, Bryan Shaw 1-1, David Hernandez 2-1, Brad Ziegler 3-0
Batters Faced - Daniel Hudson 23, Craig Breslow 4, Mike Zagurski 3, Bryan Shaw 3, David Hernandez 5, J.J. Putz 5, Brad Ziegler 5
Game Information
Attendance - 21568
Game Time - 3:59
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Tony Randazzo