Royals 7, Mariners 4
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 chances.
Redman yielded four runs and 10 hits. He struck out four and walked two.
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 1980.
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 Pineiro (8-12).
“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 energy.”
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.
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