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Ichiro Suzuki picks up two hits, leaving him four shy of 3,000

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Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki rapped a pair of singles over five at-bats in Thursday night’s 9-3 victory over the Phillies. That gives him 2,996 for his career, leaving him four shy of the 3,000 milestone.

Here’s his second hit of the evening:

Suzuki will probably get to 3,000 over the weekend. Once he does, he’ll become the 30th player to reach the milestone and he will tie Roberto Clemente.

Suzuki also racked up 1,278 hits over parts of nine seasons in the Japan Pacific League from 1992-2000. Combined, his performance in both leagues gives him 4,274 hits, or 18 more hits than MLB all-time hits leader Pete Rose (4,256).

Mariners lose on walk-off wild pitch

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2019 has not been kind to the Seattle Mariners. After starting the year 13-2, the club has gone 41-71 since, earning last place in the AL West. To give credit where credit is due, however, the Mariners were on something of a roll, entering Wednesday afternoon’s series road trip finale against the Rays on a four-game winning streak. However, the M’s lost Wednesday’s contest in very depressing fashion.

Entering the top of the ninth inning, the Mariners trailed the Rays 5-3, but a solo homer by Daniel Vogelbach and a two-run triple by Mallex Smith sent them into the bottom half of the ninth leading 6-5. Manager Scott Servais sent Matt Magill — acquired from the Twins exactly one month ago — to the mound to close out the game.

Kevin Kiermaier greeted Magill rudely, starting the inning by swatting a game-tying solo home run to center field. Magill would then allow a single to Willy Adames and a double to Michael Brosseau before intentionally walking Ji-Man Choi to load the bases with no outs. Tommy Pham worked the count to 1-2 when Magill spiked a breaking ball in the dirt that catcher Omar Narváez had little hope of corralling. The ball skipped away and the Rays walked off 7-6 winners on a wild pitch, a very on-brand sentence for the 2019 Mariners.