Suzuki stole his AL single-season record 33rd consecutive base
in the third inning and extended another major league record in the
Kansas City Royals' 7-4 victory over Seattle on Saturday night.
Suzuki singled in his first two at-bats to extend his own major
league record for consecutive 200-hit seasons to begin a career to
six. Suzuki went 3-for-5 and scored two runs.
"He's got an incredible ability to put the ball in play and
swing the bat very well," Hargrove said. "He does it so well and
so consistently that people take it for granted that he's going to
get 200 hits and they don't realize how absolutely difficult that
is. If it were easier, there'd be a whole lot of people doing it
and there aren't."
Suzuki said he wasn't even aware of the stolen-base record, but
getting 200 hits again was important to him.
"I always make it a goal for myself every year and the people
watching are also aware of it," he said. "To continue to do this
is an important thing for me. I'm still happy about the record,
because that's two different things."
Mark Redman (10-9) was bidding for his third complete game of
the season before Mike Morse and Suzuki each doubled in a run in
the ninth to cut it to 7-4. Joe Nelson relieved Redman and struck
out Adrian Beltre on three pitches for his eighth save in eight
Redman yielded four runs and 10 hits. He struck out four and
Suzuki singled in the third for his second hit of the game and
advanced to second on pitcher Mark Redman's throwing error. He then
stole third as part of a double steal. Suzuki's stolen base broke
the league record for consecutive swipes previously held by Kansas
City's Willie Wilson, who was successful on 32 straight attempts in
Vince Coleman holds the major league record with 44 straight
steals for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1989.
Suzuki scored on Raul Ibanez's sacrifice fly to give the
Mariners a 2-0 lead but Kansas City responded with two runs in the
bottom half and five more in the fourth.
Angel Berroa walked ahead of Joey Gathright's first major league
home run in the third, and the Royals batted around in the fourth.
Shane Costa hit a two-run triple and scored on Berroa's two-out
single. David DeJesus tacked on a two-run double against Joel
"Red was a little lethargic in figuring out what he was going
to do, but got through that one inning [the third] and they only
scored one run," Kansas City manager Buddy Bell said. "That was
huge. Then Joey gave us two quick runs and that gave us a little
Pineiro allowed seven runs and seven hits in four innings. He
walked one and struck out two.
Suzuki has 39 steals this season. It was his 63rd multihit
game of the season, tops in the majors. ... Pineiro appeared at
Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium for the first time. It was the only
American League ballpark in which he had not pitched. He also has
appeared in nine National League parks. ... Kansas City DH Mike
Sweeney returned to the lineup for the first time since Sept. 9. He
missed the last five games with tightness in his right oblique
area. ... Redman became Kansas City's first 10-game winner since
Darrell May (10-8) in 2003.