MIAMI — Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki moved within 99 hits of the 3,000 milestone on Wednesday night.
Suzuki’s RBI double down the left-field line in the second inning off Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister put him closer to the milestone. It also gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The 41-year-old future Hall of Famer connected on an 86 mph fastball.
Suzuki added a two-out single to center off Fister in the fourth.
It helped him become the 38th player to reach 2,900 major-league hits. He is also 38th on the all-time hits list, 27 away from Al Simmons. In nine seasons playing professionally in Japan, he compiled 1,278, giving him 4,178 total between the two leagues.
Over 15 big-league seasons entering Wednesday, Suzuki has a .315 average, 336 doubles, 88 triples, 113 home runs and 731 RBI as a member of the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees and Marlins.
"Certainly great to see Ichiro collect his 2,900th hit," manager Dan Jennings said. "That’s just a tribute to such an outstanding Hall of Fame player that he is. It was good to see him get the RBI double."