Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki recorded his 3,000th major league hit on Sunday night against the Rockies in Denver, tripling off of Rockies reliever Chris Rusin in the top of the seventh inning.
Batting sixth in the lineup, Ichiro struck out in his first at-bat and grounded out in the third and fourth innings.
Ichiro, 42, is the 30th player to join the 3,000-hit club, and the first to accomplish the feat since Alex Rodriguez in June 2015.
Earlier this season Ichiro surpassed Pete Rose’s all-time career hit total of 4,256, giving him the most hits ever by a professional baseball player. Counting tho he logged at the beginning of his career in Japan, Ichiro now has 4,278 lifetime hits.
Ichiro collected hit No. 2,999 on Saturday night with a pinch-hit infield single in the eighth inning. The Marlins opted to start him Sunday rather than let him chase the record in Miami on Monday.
Now in his 16th major league season, Ichiro, entered Sunday hitting .318 with a .389 on-base percentage. He holds a career .314 average, with 113 home runs, 750 RBIs and 507 stolen bases in 2,451 major league games.