Ichiro tripled off the wall for his 3,000th career hit, as the Marlins beat the Rockies 10-7 Sunday

Posted: 6:44 PM, Aug 07, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-07 20:44:44-04
Ichiro tripled off the wall for his 3,000th career hit, as the Marlins beat the Rockies 10-7 Sunday

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 RBI each for the Marlins.

Nolan Arenado  homered twice and drove in five runs for Colorado. Arenado leads the NL in home runs (29) and RBI (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 Cervenka . Miami acquired Cervenka 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).