April 2, 2011 in Sports

M’s win; Ichiro passes Edgar Martinez

Associated Press
 
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Seattle Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki follows through on a base hit off Oakland Athletics’ Brett Anderson during the third inning of an A.L. game on Saturday, April 2, 2011, in Oakland, Calif.
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OAKLAND — Ichiro Suzuki had two infield hits to become Seattle’s career leader, including a bouncer in the ninth that drove in the go-ahead run in the Mariners’ 5-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night.

Ichiro reached on an infield single in the third, then did it again with his record-breaking hit off Brian Fuentes that drove in Jack Wilson and made it 3-2 Mariners.

Ichiro has 2,248 hits, one better than Edgar Martinez’s previous club record. The milestone came on the 10th anniversary of Ichiro’s major league debut.

Chris Ray (1-0) earned the win despite giving up the tying run, and Brandon League pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save.

Daric Barton had three hits for the A’s, who are off to an 0-2 start for just the second time in the last 13 years.

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