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Suzuki, who finished 2 for 5, surpassed Willie Keeler with his ninth consecutive 200-hit season last year. He now has more 200-hit seasons than any player in AL history, breaking the record he shared with Ty Cobb. Pete Rose is the only other player to record 10 seasons with 200 or more hits.
Asked what it meant to him to share a record with Rose, Suzuki was blunt.
"I've never actually seen him play with eyes and I've never met him before," he said through a translator before adding, in English, "I don't care."
Ichiro, whose career high in home runs is 15, was asked whether he could imagine hitting 50 homers.
"I don't know about 50 home runs, maybe 50 saves," he joked.
Hill pitched five shutout innings to win for the first time since April 10, 2009, with San Diego. Brad Mills, Jason Frasor and Scott Downs all worked one inning before Kevin Gregg closed it out in the ninth for his 35th save in 40 chances.
Bautista's homer was the only run allowed by Hernandez, who gave up two hits in eight innings, his sixth complete game of the season and the 13th of his career. The right-hander, who walked four and struck out five, lowered his AL-leading ERA to 2.31.
Hill, who gave up four hits and walked one, matched a career-high by with seven strikeouts.
NOTES: Bautista has 26 home runs since the All Star break, a Blue Jays record. ... More than two dozen Japanese reporters were on hand at Rogers Centre to document Suzuki's record-setting hit. ... Toronto OF Fred Lewis left the team to have season-ending surgery on his left foot. ... Mariners rookie Matt Mangini got his first major league hit, a leadoff single in the ninth. ... Seattle OF Franklin Gutierrez, who had missed the past two games with flulike symptoms, pinch hit for Michael Saunders in the eighth. Gutierrez flied out.
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