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Ichiro sets Seattle hit record

Compiled By Kyodo News, AP

SEATTLE — Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki extended his career-high hitting streak to a club-record 25 games Friday, going 2-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored against the Texas Rangers on Friday.

News photoNew York Yankees manager Joe Torre gets thrown out in the fifth inning of Friday night’s game against
Boston at Fenway Park by third base umpire Jerry Crawford following an argument over a disputed call.
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Ichiro ripped an infield single off the glove of shortstop Michael Young leading off the bottom of the first inning to eclipse the club mark for hitting safely in 24 consecutive games, set by Joey Cora in 1997.

He added an RBI single to center in the fourth and raised his batting average to .338 after the game. Texas beat Seattle 9-8.

“I’m not making it a goal or anything,” Ichiro said of the streak. “But being alone for the No. 1 makes me happy.”

Seattle’s Kenji Johjima had a 1-for-4 night, while Texas reliever Akinori Otsuka retired the side in order in the eighth in one inning of relief.

Yankees 9, Red Sox 5

In Boston, New York catcher Jorge Posada had a pair of doubles, including a three-run shot to cap a six-run rally that broke a fourth-inning tie.

Yankees slugger Hideki Matsui went 1-for-4 and scored a run.

Indians 12, Tigers 11

In Cleveland, David Dellucci singled home the winning run with two outs to cap a five-run ninth as the Indians rallied past Detroit.

Royals 4, Devil Rays 1

In St. Petersburg, Fla., Brian Bannister allowed two hits in eight innings as Kansas City beat Tampa Bay to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Akinori Iwamura went 1-for-3 in the loss.

White Sox 3, Blue Jays 0

In Toronto, Javier Vazquez pitched eight shutout innings to win for the first time since April 13, and Chicago snapped a five-game losing streak against the hosts.

Tadahito Iguchi went 2-for-4.

Angels 3, Orioles 2

In Anaheim, John Lackey became the major league’s first nine-game winner, Gary Matthews Jr. drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh and Los Angeles beat Baltimore.

Twins 3, Athletics 2 (10)

In Oakland, Jeff Cirillo and Mike Redmond had RBI singles in the 10th and Minnesota hung on to beat the A’s.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Braves 8, Cubs 5

In Chicago, the Cubs didn’t need another team at Wrigley Field on Friday to find an opponent. Carlos Zambrano and catcher Michael Barrett shoved each other in the dugout, then the pitcher busted his teammate’s lip in the clubhouse so badly that Barrett wound up in a hospital.

Dodgers 5, Pirates 4

In Pittsburgh, Russell Martin homered for the third consecutive game and Los Angeles overcame two deficits for the win.

Randy Wolf (7-3) won his fourth straight although he allowed four runs over five innings, and Takashi Saito got the final five outs for his 16th save in as many chances.

Nationals 4, Padres 3 (10)

In Washington, pinch-hitter Ronnie Belliard singled home Cristian Guzman in the 10th for Washington.

Giants 13, Phillies 0

In Philadelphia, Matt Morris allowed only a single over six innings and had a career-best three hits to lead San Francisco.

Diamondbacks 5, Mets 1

In New York, Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb limited the injury-ravaged Mets to four hits.

Brewers 8, Marlins 5

In Milwaukee, Ryan Braun, playing his eighth game in the majors, homered, doubled and singled to lead Brewers past Florida.

Cardinals 8, Astros 1

In Houston, Juan Encarnacion and Gary Bennett hit their first homers of the season on consecutive pitches in St. Louis’ seven-run ninth inning.

So Taguchi went 1-for-3 for the Redbirds.

Reds 4, Rockies 2

In Denver, Ken Griffey Jr. hit career home run No. 575 for Cincinnati.

Kazuo Matsui finished 1-for-2 for Colorado.