Ichiro collects 3,000th career hit
DENVER >> Ichiro Suzuki tripled off the wall for his 3,000th career hit in the major leagues, becoming the 30th player to reach the milestone as the Miami Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 10-7 Sunday.
The 42-year-old Suzuki got his big hit in the seventh inning. He became the first player born in Japan to reach 3,000, and joined Paul Molitor as the only players to hit the mark with a triple.
Giancarlo Stanton hit his 24th homer and Christian Yelich and Mathis had three hits and three RBIs each for the Marlins.
Nolan Arenado homered twice and drove in five runs for Colorado. Arenado leads the NL in home runs (29) and RBIs (87).
Adam Conley (8-6) allowed six runs in five innings. Fernando Rodney worked the ninth for his first save since coming to Miami on June 30 and 18th overall.
Jon Gray (8-5) was roughed up for eight runs on 10 hits in 3 2-3 innings.
Suzuki was hitless in his first three at-bats of the game before he tagged Chris Rusin.
Suzuki launched a long drive to right field that carried just beyond the reach of leaping Gerardo Parra, and breezed into third standing up.
Third base coach Lorenzo Bundy hugged Suzuki as Miami players came out of the dugout to congratulate him. He waved his helmet to acknowledge the cheers at Coors Field.
Hitting coach Barry Bonds gave him a hug as the celebration at third base ended, and Suzuki got another round of applause when he scored on Jeff Mathis' single, as well as a hug from manager Don Mattingly.
Suzuki gave the crowd a wave as he went into the dugout. He batted again in the ninth and drew a walk.
Suzuki is in his 16th season in the majors. He got 1,278 hits while playing nine years in Japan before becoming the American League Rookie of the Year and MVP with Seattle in 2001.
Greeted with cheers every time he came to bat, Suzuki struck out in the first inning, hit a comebacker in the third and grounded out to short in the fourth.
At 42 years, 290 days he is the second-oldest player by three days over Ricky Henderson to reach the milestone. Only Cap Anson, who was 45 when he got his 3,000th hit in 1897, was older.
Rene Lachemann, Colorado's catching coach, went over to give Suzuki a hug as he left the field after the game.
Marlins: 3B Martin Prado left the game with one out in the sixth inning after fouling a ball off his left foot. He was replaced by Miguel Rojas, who inherited a 3-2 count and reached on an error by Arenado.
Rockies: Parra was activated from the 15-day DL and INF Rafael Ynoa was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque. Parra played right field on Sunday while OF Carlos Gonzalez rested his sore left ankle.
The Marlins optioned RHP Nefi Ogando to Triple-A New Orleans to make room for LHP Hunter Cervantes. Miami acquired Cervantes from Atlanta for two minor league players on Saturday. It gives the Marlins two lefties in the bullpen.
Marlins: Miami sends ace Jose Fernandez (12-6, 2.87) against San Francisco's Johnny Cueto on Monday to open a seven-day, six-game homestand.
Rockies: Rookie LHP Tyler Anderson (4-3, 3.25) opens a two-game series against Texas. He will be opposed by Cole Hamels (12-3, 2.89).
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