Haniger’s 3 hits, 4 RBIs lift Seat­tle past Mi­ami 10-5

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SEAT­TLE (AP) — Mitch Haniger had a day that would be tough to up­stage, reach­ing base five times and driv­ing in four runs as the Seat­tle rookie con­tin­ued his hot start.

With one swing , Mi­ami’s Ichiro Suzuki man­aged to over­shadow what Haniger ac­com­plished even if it came in a 10-5 loss to the Mariners on Wed­nes­day.

Haniger ex­tended his hit­ting streak to 13 games with three hits as the Mariners closed out their only home­s­tand of April 6-3.

But it was Suzuki pro­vid­ing a bit of nos­tal­gia with a solo home run on the first pitch of the ninth in­ning, in pos­si­bly his fi­nal at­bat at Safeco Field where he an­chored right field and the top of Seat­tle’s bat­ting or­der for 11 1/2 sea­sons.

Suzuki jumped on a fast­ball from Evan Mar­shall that had just enough to clear the fence in right field as Haniger watched.

His first home run on the road in nearly four years came in per­haps his fi­nal Seat­tle ap­pear­ance.

“It was my last at bat, ob­vi­ously, and the last chance. With the game the way it was go­ing, that’s what I wanted to hit, right there,” Suzuki said through an in­ter­preter, while also in­di­cat­ing he hoped to have an­other trip to Seat­tle in the fu­ture.

“Saw the ball go over the fence and I have to pinch my­self to make sure that re­ally hap­pened. I feel grate­ful that hap­pened.”

While Suzuki’s homer pro­vided a long­ing for the past, it was the cur­rent right fielder that is pro­vided the punch to Seat­tle’s of­fence on a day Felix Her­nan­dez (2-1) did not have his best stuff.

A night af­ter break­ing up a po­ten­tial no­hit­ter with a ninth-in­ning dou­ble, Haniger scored in the first in­ning, had a two-run sin­gle in the sec­ond and clanged a two-run dou­ble off the wall in deep cen­tre field in the fourth. He reached on an er­ror in the sixth in­ning and dropped an­other sin­gle in the eighth.

The As­so­ci­ated Press

Seat­tle Mariners clos­ing pitcher Marc Rzepczyn­ski, right, shares con­grat­u­la­tions with catcher Mike Zunino af­ter the team beat the Mi­ami Mar­lins 10-5 on Wed­nes­day in Seat­tle.

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