TORONTO (AP) -- Ichiro Suzuki got three hits to finish with 56 in
August, the most in a single month since divisional play started in 1969, and the
Seattle Mariners rallied past the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5 Tuesday
night for their season-high fifth straight victory.
Suzuki, chasing George Sisler's major league record for hits in
a season, finished 3-for-5 and has 212 hits. Sisler got 257 hits
for the St. Louis Browns in 1920.
Suzuki set a club record for hits in a month, two more than Alex
Rodriguez had in August 1996. Suzuki is hitting .463 since the
All-Star break, and the Mariners have 31 games left.
"I don't feel like I'm in a zone. I'm going out and doing the
same things I always do," Suzuki said. "I've kind of ran out of
things to say. You could say that I'm happier than happy."
Toronto's Alex Rios tied it at 5 with an RBI single off Jamie
Moyer in the seventh, but Seattle scored twice in the eighth on Dan
Wilson's RBI single off Kerry Ligtenberg (1-6) and Suzuki's
"He not only got hits tonight, they were big hits," Seattle
manager Bob Melvin said. "It's almost impossible to play defense
against him. There are so many ways he can beat you. Watch closely
here because this may not ever happen for quite some time."
Scott Atchison (2-2) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win. J.J.
Putz got his sixth save.
The Mariners won five straight for the first time since
recording a nine-game winning streak from May 27-June 5, 2003.
"Nobody's been able to stop him. You just hope he hits it at
them," interim Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Suzuki.
"He's good for 200-plus a year, so he's getting his in. Then you
put him on AstroTurf, where the ball is even quicker, and he's
Delgado hit a two-run homer off Moyer before Hinske connected,
the second time this season Toronto has hit back-to-back homers.
After Rios followed with a double, Frank Menechino hit an RBI
single to give Toronto a 4-0 lead.
Jose Lopez's three-run homer off Josh Towers in the fifth cut it
Suzuki leads the AL in multiple-hit games with 66. ...
Moyer has allowed a club-record 37 home runs this year, two more
than Scott Bankhead gave up in 1987. ... Delgado is 25-for-55
(.455) with seven home runs in his career against Moyer.