No. 258 for Ichiro Suzuki was like so many others, a little ground ball up the middle.
Only this one made history, a hit cheered 'round the world.
Suzuki set the major league record for hits in a season Friday night, breaking George Sisler's 84-year-old mark with a pair of singles in an 8-3 win over Texas.
The Seattle star chopped a leadoff single in the first inning, then put himself in the record book with a bouncer in the third.
Fireworks exploded after Suzuki's big hit reached the outfield, creating a haze over Safeco Field, and his teammates mobbed him at first base.
With the fans still cheering, Suzuki ran over to the first base seats and shook hands with Sisler's 81-year-old daughter, Frances Sisler Drochelman, and other members of the Hall of Famer's family.
"My father would have been delighted," Drochelman said moments later. "He would be so happy to know such a fine young man was doing so well."
Sisler set the mark in 1920 with the St. Louis Browns over a 154-game schedule. Suzuki broke it in the Mariners' 160th game of the year -- for good measure, he added hit No. 259 in the sixth, an infield single.
Suzuki struck out looking in the eighth. That put his average at .373, best in the majors.
His two early hits came off Ryan Drese, making Suzuki 10 for 20 lifetime against him.
The Rangers right-hander ran the count full in the third, and Suzuki hit a bouncer up the middle, out of the reach of shortstop Michael Young. As the cheers got louder, Texas first baseman Mark Teixeira shook Suzuki's hand.
Moments after Suzuki's 258th hit, he scored his 100th run of the season. The Mariners batted around in the third inning, and Suzuki hit a long fly that Laynce Nix caught on the run for the third out.
There was a scary moment for Suzuki in the top of the third. The Gold Glove right fielder chased a foul ball by Ken Huckaby that landed in the stands, and casually hopped up on the low, padded fence -- but then lost his balance.
Suzuki fell awkwardly and came down straddling the fence, but was fine.
The crowd was on its feet and players in both dugouts were standing at the top rail when Suzuki led off the bottom of the first. Suzuki quickly matched the mark, bouncing a single over the head of third baseman Hank Blalock.