Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki broke a tie with Babe Ruth to take sole possession of 42nd place on baseball’s all-time hits list. Suzuki led off the second inning with a single against Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez, giving him 2,874 for his career.
Suzuki, 41, should jump up a few more places over the next two or three weeks. Mel Ott is next at 2,876 followed by Omar Vizquel (2,877), Frankie Frisch (2,880), and Zach Wheat (2,884). If Ichiro finishes the season with around 100 hits like he did last season, he could end up in 32nd place ahead of Frank Robinson (2,943).
Here’s the hit that moved Ichiro past the Babe:
The Brewers, once left for dead after outfielder Christian Yelich suffered a season-ending injury, defeated the Pirates 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. That, paired with the Nationals’ 5-3 loss to the Marlins, moved them into a tie for the first NL Wild Card. The Brewers are 10-2 since Yelich’s injury.
During Sunday’s game, the Brewers brought a combined perfect game bid into the seventh inning. It ended when Gio González allowed a one-out single to Bryan Reynolds. The Brewers’ four runs came on two Eric Thames homers and an Orlando Arcia homer. The Pirates mounted a rally in the eighth inning, scoring three runs, but Josh Hader came in and slammed the door, getting the final four outs.
The Brewers end the season on a six-game road trip. They will face the Reds for three games before finishing out the schedule with three against the Rockies. The Cubs trail both the Brewers and Nationals by four games. The Mets are 4.5 games back while the Diamondbacks and Phillies are each 5.5 games behind.