SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki singled in the first inning Wednesday for his 4,256th career hit in the Japanese and North American major leagues, matching Pete Rose’s record total in Major League Baseball.
Suzuki reached on a dribbler up the first-base line in Miami’s game at San Diego. Catcher Derek Norris made a sliding attempt to field the ball and throw it in one motion, but Suzuki had already raced past the bag. Suzuki advanced to second on Martin Prado’s single and scored on Christian Yelich’s RBI single.
The sparse crowd gave Suzuki a warm ovation as both teams’ players applauded for Suzuki as well.
Suzuki had 1,278 hits for Orix in Japan’s Pacific League (1992-00) and the rest with Seattle, the New York Yankees and Marlins.