DENVER — Ichiro Suzuki defined his career with speed and sharp hits. It was only fitting he flashed both in his historic moment.
Ichiro lined a triple off the wall to become the 30th player to reach 3,000 hits as the Marlins beat the Rockies 10-7 Sunday.
Ichiro, 42, got his big hit in the seventh inning. He became the first player born in Japan to reach 3,000 and joined Paul Molitor, his former hitting coach in Seattle, as the only ones to hit the mark with a triple.
"I wanted to see it go over the fence, but after I heard that Paul Molitor was the other person to do it, I was glad it didn't go over," Ichiro said. "I have a special relationship with him and having something like this, that is the same thing he accomplished, makes it more special."
Ichiro was hitless in three at-bats before he tagged Chris Rusin. He launched a long drive to rightfield that carried just beyond the reach of leaping Gerardo Parra and breezed into third standing.
Third-base coach Lorenzo Bundy hugged Ichiro as his teammates stormed the field to congratulate him. "We gave him a big hug and told him he deserved it," second baseman Dee Gordon said.