Ichiro got his hit. And the Marlins got the win.
Ichiro Suzuki belted a triple off the wall in right at Coors Field in Sunday’s seventh inning, becoming the 30th player in major league history to collect 3,000 career hits.
He ended up scoring in the Marlins’ 10-7 victory over Colorado.
The milestone hit came off Rockies reliever Chris Rusin, and after Suzuki had created some suspense by going hitless his first three at bats. He was the only Marlins position player not to have a hit to that point.
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But he brought the crowd to its feet when he drove a long fly ball to right. Garrardo Parra leaped up against the fence but couldn’t come up with the catch. Suzuki raced into third with a stand-up triple.
Suzuki became the second player to triple for his 3,000th hit. Paul Molitor, who was once Suzuki’s hitting coach in Seattle, tripled as well when he recorded his 3,000th hit on Sept. 16, 1996.
The Marlins struck early against Rockies starter Jon Gray, scoring four runs in the first before knocking him out with four more in the fourth.
And all the runs off Gray came two at a time, with Christian Yelich, Jeff Mathis and Martin Prado each having two-run hits and Giancarlo Stanton belting an opposite-field homer with a man aboard.
Stanton now has 24 home runs.
Adam Conley needed all the run support he could get.
It was all the left-hander could do just to make it through the five innings necessary for the decision, as he allowed six runs, half coming on a pair of homers by Nolan Arenado.
By the time Conley came out, the Marlins’ 8-2 lead had shrunk to 8-6.
Third baseman Martin Prado came out in the sixth when he fouled a ball off his foot and limped back to the dugout.
Fernando Rodney worked the ninth for his first save as a Marlin.