Suzuki makes history in defeat for Marlins

Ichiro Suzuki made pro baseball history with the 4,257th hit of his career despite his Miami Marlins side losing 6-3 to the San Diego Padres on Thursday evening.

Suzuki first matched and then beat Pete Rose’s record career tally with a single in the first inning and a double in the ninth, though Rose still holds the MLB record as 42-year-old Suzuki’s first 1,278 hits came in his native Japan.

Melvin Upton had a home run, scored a second run and drove in a third for the Padres, whose pitcher Fernando Rodney escaped a jam in the ninth as Martin Prado flied out with Suzuki and Giancarlo Stanton on base.

Defeat leaves Miami seven games behind National League East leaders the Washington Nationals, who beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Jayson Werth’s walk-off single in the 12th inning to clinch the series between the teams with the best two records in MLB.

The New York Mets remained five games behind Washington with an 11-2 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Noah Syndergaard with 11 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings while Wilmer Flores drove in four runs including a two-run homer.

The Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman hit for the cycle with a double in the third inning, a triple in the next, a homer in the sixth and a single in the 11th before a dramatic 13th inning clinched his side’s 9-8 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Reds scored two runs in the top of the frame but Jace Peterson and Tyler Flowers drove in runs before Chase d’Arnaud’s walk-off single scored Peterson.

NL Central leaders the Cubs remain 9.5 games clear of the St Louis Cardinals, who lost 4-1 to the Houston Astros after George Springer hit a two-run homer.

The San Francisco Giants lead the NL West by six games from the Los Angeles Dodgers after a 10-1 hammering of the Milwaukee Brewers, pitcher Johnny Cueto’s 10th win of the season.

Scott van Slyke’s three-run blast earned the Dodgers a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks while the Colorado Rockies won 6-3 against the New York Yankees, Nolan Arenado driving in three runs and DJ LeMahieu two.

In the American League East, the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 to rejoin them at the summit. Hanley Ramirez crushed a three-run homer.

The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 while the Tampa Bay Rays edged past the Seattle Mariners 3-2 as Logan Morrison’s 13th-inning walk scored Logan Forsythe.

Like Boston, the Kansas City Royals moved into a tie at the top of their division after beating the Cleveland Indians for the second night in succession. Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer in a 9-4 win which knotted the AL Central. The Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3.

AL West leaders the Texas Rangers came from 5-0 down to beat the Oakland Athletics 7-5 as Robinson Chirinos and Rougned Odor went long twice apiece. The Los Angeles Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 10-2.

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