Ichiro Closer to 200-Hit Season

Ichiro SuzukiKen Griffey Jr.Willie KeelerSeattle MarinersTexas Rangers

Ichiro Suzuki had two hits to movewithin two of a record ninth-straight 200-hit season, and theSeattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 8-3 in a game called byrain with three outs remaining Saturday night.

Suzuki doubled in the first and homered in the third beforegoing hitless in his last three at-bats. He shares the mark withWillie Keeler, who had eight consecutive 200-hit seasons from1984-1901.

Ken Griffey Jr., Franklin Gutierrez and Jack Hannahan each hadtwo RBIs, and Brandon Morrow (1-4) pitched five innings to win forthe first time since Sept. 26, 2008.

Morrow, who gave up five hits and three runs, made his firststart since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday.

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