MINNEAPOLIS – Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-5 in the Miami Marlins’ 11-inning, 6-4 loss against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday to reach 4,246 hits over his career in the United States and Japan.
The major league record for hits is 4,256, held by Pete Rose.
Ichiro singled in the first and 10th innings. He is 32 hits away from reaching 3,000 in the majors.
Ichiro moved to the major leagues at the age of 27, having already won three MVP Awards and seven batting titles in Nippon Professional Baseball’s Pacific League.
Ichiro, who batted leadoff and played left, also stole a base, scored a run and drove in one. His 504th career stolen base in the majors tied him for 37th on the majors’ all-time list with Hall of Famer Paul Molitor — who coincidentally was managing in the opposite dugout. The Twins skipper coached Ichiro in 2004 and the two spoke before the game.
Red Sox 5, Giants 3 (10)
In San Francisco, Xander Bogaerts hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the top of the 10th.
Junichi Tazawa (1-1) pitched the ninth for the win and Craig Kimbrel closed it out for his 14th save.
With the game tied 3-3, Boston’s Koji Uehara took the mound in the eighth and allowed a single but struck out two, while Tazawa (1-1) had a 1-2-3 ninth, while fanning one.
“I’m relieved I closed it with three batters,” said Tazawa. “One swing could have ended the game, so I needed to be both careful at times and audacious at times. I’m thankful for the batters for hitting (into outs).”
Uehara said, “Games against the top teams in the National Leagues will be tight like this one. I could see their batters were swinging from the first pitch, and I still have to work on pitching with runners on base.”
Brewers 5, Athletics 4
In Milwaukee, Zach Davies took a no-hitter into the seventh before allowing a two-out home run to Oakland’s Billy Butler.
Nationals 10, White Sox 5
In Chicago, Bryce Harper drove in three runs.
Diamondbacks 5, Rays 0
In Phoenix, Zack Greinke threw a three-hitter.
Dodgers 4, Rockies 3
In Los Angeles, Trayce Thompson hit a game-ending homer in the ninth.
Reds 7, Cardinals 6
In Cincinnati, Joey Votto homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, powering the Reds over St. Louis after it blew a five-run lead for the second straight day.
Pirates 3, Mets 1 (1st)
Pirates 3, Mets 1 (2nd)
In Pittsburgh, Juan Nicasio retired his first 12 batters and got his second win in six starts, and the Pirates beat New York to complete a doubleheader sweep.
Phillies 3, Cubs 2
In Philadelphia, Jerad Eickhoff threw seven impressive innings.
Padres 4, Braves 3
In San Diego, Derek Norris tied the game with a home run leading off the ninth and Wil Myers singled in the winning run.
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