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AL: Ichiro breaks hits record in Mariners' win

By Associated Press
Published July 31, 2005

SEATTLE - Ichiro Suzuki hit a pair of home runs - breaking a 75-year-old major-league record - and the Mariners beat Cleveland 3-2 Saturday.

Ichiro led off the fourth inning with a home run, his eighth this season and the first hit allowed by C.C. Sabathia. That gave him 1,058 hits in his career, the most for a player in his first five seasons, breaking the mark set by Paul Waner from 1926-30.

Waner reached 1,057 hits in 747 games and Ichiro has played 737 games.

His homer cut Cleveland's lead to 2-1 and was the longest of his career, a 428-foot shot off the glass windows of Safeco Field's rightfield second deck restaurant.

After Mike Morse tied it at 2 with a leadoff home run in the fifth, Ichiro hit his second shot into the rightfield seats in the sixth to put the Mariners ahead. It was the third multihomer game of Ichiro's career and the third time Sabathia has allowed three home runs.

Jason Dubois started the Indians' two-run rally in the third with a single just over second baseman Yuniesky Betancourt's reach. Grady Sizemore, on a 1-and-0 pitch from starter Ryan Franklin, hit a one-hop double against the rightfield wall and Ronnie Belliard followed with a two-run double.

YANKEES 8, ANGELS 7: Hideki Matsui's two-run double in the ninth capped a big comeback, and host New York took advantage of four walks by an exhausted Francisco Rodriguez.

Bernie Williams and Jason Giambi homered for the Yankees, who got a stellar debut from starter Shawn Chacon and defeated the Angels for only the third time in nine meetings this season.

Los Angeles' normally dependable bullpen blew a 7-3 lead in the last two innings.

WHITE SOX 9, ORIOLES 6: A.J. Pierzynski and Jermaine Dye hit successive homers in a four-run eighth for visiting Chicago.

Joe Crede also connected for the White Sox, who made up deficits of 4-2 and 6-4 to hand the Orioles their 12th loss in 14 games. The defeat dropped Baltimore under .500 for the first time since April 9.

Tadahito Iguchi led off the eighth with a walk off Chris Ray and Paul Konerko singled with one out before Pierzynski hit his career-high 15th home run, a shot to right that made it 7-6. Four pitches later, Dye hit No. 21.

A'S 9, TIGERS 5: Jay Payton hit a grand slam and drove in five runs to help Barry Zito win his seventh straight and host Oakland won for the 10th time in 11 games.

Payton's homer was the big blow against Nate Robertson in a six-run fourth that featured the ejection of Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez. Scott Hatteberg added a two-run homer in the inning for the A's, who have won 30 of 37 to move within 21/2 games of the Angels in the West - their smallest deficit since being two back May 2.

RANGERS 3, BLUE JAYS 2: Joaquin Benoit and four relievers combined on a six-hitter and Adrian Gonzalez homered to the lead visiting Texas to its fourth straight victory.

Benoit allowed two runs - one earned - on five hits, while striking out six and walking three in his third start of the season. Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 26th save in 32 chances.

Benoit allowed the first three batters he faced to reach as Russ Adams singled, Frank Catalanotto doubled and Benoit hit Vernon Wells with a pitch.

RED SOX 6, TWINS 2: David Wells allowed two runs in seven-plus innings for host Boston.

John Olerud drove in three runs and Gabe Kapler had two hits and scored twice as the replacement for Manny Ramirez, who was removed from the lineup five minutes before the game, though the Red Sox said they had no trade to announce.

Wells took a shutout into the eighth and gave up seven hits, struck out three and didn't walk a batter. He gave up just four singles and allowed one runner to third in the first seven innings. It was his seventh win in eight decisions.

[Last modified July 31, 2005, 01:32:21]


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