SEATTLE (AP) -- Ichiro Suzuki was starting to think he might not
reach 200 hits.
"This year has been a tough year," the Seattle Mariners
leadoff hitter said. "Obviously, the last few weeks there's been a
lot of pressure and a lot of stress. I'm just relieved I got it."
Suzuki became the sixth major leaguer with 200 hits in five
consecutive seasons and the first to do it in his first five years,
leading the last-place Mariners over the Oakland Athletics 4-1 on
Jamie Moyer improved to 10-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 17 starts at
home this season. The 42-year-old left-hander (13-7) ran his career
record at Safeco Field to 51-26, beating the A's for the first time
in eight starts since Sept. 28, 2003.
Raising his batting average four points, Suzuki went 4-for-5 --
including two doubles -- to give him 202 hits. With two games left,
Suzuki is hitting .301.
Willie Keeler (1894-1901) holds the record with eight straight
200-hit seasons, while Wade Boggs (1983-89) had seven. Suzuki
joined Chuck Klein (1929-33), Al Simmons (1929-33) and Charlie
Gehringer (1933-37) at five in a row.
"The part about Ichiro getting 200 hits was a pretty good
deal," manager Mike Hargrove said.
Suzuki, 31, established the major league record with 262 hits
last season, breaking George Sisler's mark of 257 set in 1920.
Suzuki has 1,126 hits since joining the Mariners in 2001 after
playing nine professional seasons in Japan with the Orix Blue Wave.
"There have been times this year when I would get negative and
I would get mad," Suzuki said through a translator.
Moyer allowed one run and five hits with no walks, two hit
batters and five strikeouts. On the road this year, he was 3-7 with
a 6.11 ERA in 15 starts. He had his fifth consecutive season with
200 or more innings.
Moyer lost his bid for a shutout when Mark Ellis led off the
eighth with his 13th homer. It was the 23rd homer allowed by Moyer
in 2005 -- seven at home -- after he gave up 44 homers to lead the
majors and set a club record last season.
It was a particularly emotional night for Moyer because his
longtime catcher in Seattle, Dan Wilson, plans to retire at the end
of the season. Wilson caught the first inning before coming out.
Moyer and Wilson embraced near the mound before Wilson left the
game at the start of the second inning.
It might have been Moyer's last start in Seattle. He is a free
agent after this season.
"I really haven't thought about that," said Moyer, who has
said he wants to pitch next season. "To me, it was Danny's day."
On Fan Appreciation Night, Wilson got a standing ovation from
the crowd of 34,809 after coming out of his 1,251st -- and final --
career game with the Mariners. Wilson is in his 12th season in
Seattle and 14th in the majors.
Wilson said he broke down in tears before going to the bench,
where he was joined by his 7-year-old son, Elijah, and former
Mariners teammates Jay Buhner and Edgar Martinez.
"It's funny," he said. "You get out there and you just go
numb. It was really a special moment. It was just incredible."
Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for Seattle for his 36th save
in 41 opportunities.
The A's, who were eliminated from playoff contention on Tuesday,
fell behind 3-0 in the first, when Kirk Saarloos (10-9) gave up two
hits and walked two. Adrian Beltre had an RBI groundout and Greg
Dobbs singled in two runs.
Seattle made it 4-0 in the fifth on Beltre's RBI double.
Saarloos pitched six innings, giving up four runs, seven hits
and three walks.
"We couldn't do much against Moyer," Oakland manager Ken Macha
said. "He pitched his usual game, moving the ball around, changing
speeds, cutting it, sinking it, curving it, changing it. We didn't
have a lot of opportunities."
Macha said before Friday night's game that SS Bobby
Crosby's season was over. Crosby left the game against the Angels
on Tuesday night after six innings with soreness in his left ankle
and has not played since. He was on the 15-day DL from Aug.
28-Sept. 19 with a fractured left ankle. "I'm not going to play
the guy if there's pain in there," Macha said. "He's got medical
clearance, but I don't think it's fair to anybody." The
25-year-old Crosby hit .276 with nine homers and 38 RBI in 84
games in his second full season with the A's. Crosby was on the DL
from April 5-May 29 with two broken ribs after getting hurt opening
day at Baltimore.