PHOENIX, Ariz. – Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki broke out of an 0-for-12 slump with a double for a run and an RBI single Thursday as the Mariners sank the Oakland Athletics 5-2.
Ichiro, who had been held hitless in the previous three games, flied out to left in his first at-bat against Erik Hiljus to run his hitting drought to 12 at-bats, but came back with a double down the left field foul line in the third inning and later scored.
With a runner on third in the fifth inning, Ichiro then slapped a single into center to drive in a run. He also grounded out in the seventh before being replaced in right field.
In Jupiter, Florida, Masato Yoshii gave up a pair of solo homers but also struck out three over five innings to earn his third win of the preseason as the Montreal Expos came back for a 4-3 win over the host Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Yoshii gave up a homer to Greg Vaughn leading off the second as his streak of 15 innings without giving up an earned run came to an end.
He also surrendered a homer to Brent Abernathy leading off the third, but refused to let any more runs cross the plate as he retired the side in order in the fourth and fifth innings.
“Today, my screwball was not breaking, so it was a bit tough. Still, the forkball was OK, so I managed to get by,” Yoshii said after the game.
In Fort Myers, Florida, St. Louis outfield hopeful So Taguchi came off the bench in the bottom of the fifth inning as a defensive replacement and failed to hit in his lone trip to the plate as the Cardinals fell 9-6 to the Boston Red Sox.
Taguchi, leading off the eighth inning for St. Louis, flied out to right to extend his current hitless streak to 14 at-bats.
In Vero Beach, Florida, reliever Satoru Komiyama came on in the fourth inning with the Mets trailing 4-3 and recorded the next four outs as New York came from behind for 12-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York’s five-run rally in the fifth inning gave Komiyama his first win of the preseason.
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