Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Ichiro Suzuki achieved one of baseball's rarest
milestones, though the star outfielder ended up sharing the spotlight with one
of his teammates as the New York Yankees pinned another loss on the Toronto
Alfonso Soriano's tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth
inning was the difference in New York's 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays, a game
in which Suzuki collected his 4,000th hit as a professional.
Suzuki joined legends Pete Rose and Ty Cobb as the only players to reach the
4,000-hit milestone with a first-inning single off R.A. Dickey, his lone hit
in four at-bats. Of that total, 2,722 have come during his 13-year career in
the majors and 1,278 were recorded while playing nine years in his native
Soriano's blast gave the Yankees their fourth straight triumph and ninth in 11
games, and improved their record to 11-1 against Toronto this season. The Jays
have now dropped 12 consecutive matchups at Yankee Stadium dating back to last
year, and they're 2-21 over their last 23 visits to the Bronx.
The homer also made a winner of David Huff (1-0), who tossed five scoreless
innings of one-hit ball in relief of starter Adam Warren.
Dickey (9-12) went the distance in defeat, permitting just six hits and
striking out nine despite allowing all four runs.
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