Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Texas won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, October 1
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Seattle8
Game 2: Saturday, October 2
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Seattle4
Game 3: Sunday, October 3
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Rangers 3

(89-73, 38-43 away)

Mariners 0

(63-99, 38-44 home)

    4:05 PM ET, October 3, 2004

    Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington 

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    W: C. Park (4-7)

    L: G. Meche (7-7)

    S: F. Cordero (49)

    Martinez goes 0-for-4 in final game with M's

    SEATTLE (AP) -- It wasn't how Edgar Martinez hoped to go out. At least the old pro could laugh about it.

    Passing George Sisler
    Year Player Hits
    2004 Ichiro 262
    1920 Sisler 257
    1930 Bill Terry 254
    1929 Lefty O'Doul 254
    1925 Al Simmons 253
    1922 Rogers Hornsby 250
    1930 Chuck Klein 250
    1911 Ty Cobb 248
    1922 Sisler 246

    Ichiro Suzuki got two final hits but Martinez went hitless in four at-bats and grounded into a double play to end his career in the Seattle Mariners' 3-0 loss to the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

    Martinez could have tied it with a home run in his final career at-bat. Seattle put runners on first and second in the eighth when Martinez chopped a comebacker that pitcher Doug Brocail leaped to snag.

    "The good thing is I don't have to do that anymore -- just kill a rally, chase pitches out of the strike zone. There's a consolation to that," said Martinez, who is retiring at age 41.

    Chan Ho Park pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and Laynce Nix homered for Texas.

    Suzuki pushed his major-league record for hits in a season to 262 with singles in the third inning off Park and in the eighth off Brian Shouse. Suzuki broke George Sisler's 1920 mark of 257 hits on Friday.

    "It's something I really can't think about right now," Suzuki said through an interpreter. "As time passes, I think I'll look back and say, 'Wow, that was a really great thing that happened.'"

    Seattle manager Bob Melvin said: "It was an incredible year, a history-making year."

    Suzuki won his second AL batting title and led the majors in hitting at .372. He ended the season with a 13-game hitting streak.

    The Seattle star also had 80 multihit games, passing the Yankees' Don Mattingly (79 in 1986) for the most since divisional play began in 1969, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

    Suzuki also set major-league records for singles in a season (225) and hits in his first four major-league seasons (924). He also set the AL record for plate appearances in a season (762) on Sunday, breaking the mark of 758 by Wade Boggs in 1985.

    "There's a chance this is never going to happen again unless he does it," said Melvin, who didn't know whether the front office would bring him back after Seattle's dismal 63-99 season.

    Martinez received a rousing ovation from the sellout crowd of 45,658 after grounding into a double play in the eighth. He laughed when someone told him fans don't usually react that way in that situation.

    "It's always frustrating when you don't do a good job on the field," Martinez said. "You want to please the fans and you want to go out feeling good about your last game. There's also my realistic view."

    Martinez hit .263 in his final season but finished with a .312 career average in 18 seasons, all with Seattle. He choked back tears when fans at Safeco Field summoned him for one last curtain call after the game ended.

    "I was fighting it hard," Martinez said.

    As Martinez jogged back into the dugout after his eight-inning groundout, fans cheered until he came out to the field. He raised his batting helmet in salute and patted his heart.

    "Too bad he couldn't finish it off with a homer or a double," Mariners pitcher Joel Pineiro said. "He's done so much. He deserves what the fans did. He had a great run. He could walk out there tonight and people would still be going, 'Eddd-gaaar.'"

    The cheers started again when Martinez walked to the mound to take the ball from reliever Matt Thornton before the ninth. Melvin also sent Martinez in at third base for one pitch Saturday.

    "Pretty emotional for all of us," Melvin said. "We think a great deal of him, as does everybody in Seattle. Therefore, I had him take the pitcher out of the game."

    Melvin sent Hiram Bocachica into right field with one out in the ninth, giving fans a final chance to cheer for Suzuki.

    Park (4-7) won for the first time since Aug. 26. He beat the Mariners 5-0 on April 16 at Safeco, pitching seven shutout innings with five strikeouts.

    "It was a well-pitched game," Texas manager Buck Showalter said. "Doug came in and got some big outs in a tough place to pitch. Chan Ho pitched well. It was good to see him finish the season on that note."

    Park walked three, struck out three and hit one batter with a pitch. His lifetime numbers at Safeco are 3-1 with a 0.79 ERA.

    Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 49th save in 54 opportunities, extending his club record.

    Seattle's Gil Meche (7-7) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on nine hits.

    The Rangers, eliminated from postseason contention just before their visit to Seattle, won the final two in the three-game series and wound up 89-73.

    The Mariners were shut out for the 12th time, while Texas finished with nine shutout wins.

    Nix lined a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right-center field, his fourth career homer in four career hits off Meche, to put the Rangers up 1-0 in the third.

    Texas led 3-0 in the fifth after Michael Young drove in two runs with a two-out single.

    Game notes


    Lenny Dykstra holds the major-league record for plate appearances in a season, 773 in 1993. ... Suzuki led the AL with 19 intentional walks this season, the first leadoff hitter to lead the league since Boggs in 1991. ... Young finished with 99 RBI and probably would have had more if he didn't hit leadoff in 89 games.

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