PHOENIX -- Ichiro Suzuki wasted little time reaching another milestone after a rare day off.
Suzuki led off the game with his 2,500th career hit and finished 4 for 5 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored and the Seattle Mariners outlasted the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-9 in 10 innings on Tuesday night.
"If you look at me now and if you look at me when I first got here in 2001, if I said my first day that my goal is to hit 2,500, on that day people would say that I was crazy," Suzuki said through an interpreter. "Now looking at, things do come true."
Between his nine seasons in the Japanese Pacific League and his 12-plus seasons in Seattle, Ichiro has 3,781 hits, the third most among professional players in either country, trailing only Pete Rose and Ty Cobb.
The milestone came the night after Seattle manager Eric Wedge had given Suzuki his second day off of the season.
"Yesterday was tough for me," Ichiro said. "It was very regrettable because you want to go out there and perform but I understand the skipper's situation. It depends from here on how I will be given the day off."