No. 258 for Ichiro Suzuki was like so many others, a little ground ball up the middle.
Only this one made history.
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 early singles as the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers, 8-3.
Suzuki later got another hit, giving him 259 this season and a major league-leading .373 average.
Suzuki chopped a leadoff single in the first inning, then put himself in the record book with a bouncer in the third.
Sisler set the hits record in 1920 with the St. Louis Browns over a 154-game schedule. Suzuki broke it in the Mariners' 160th game of the year.
Seattle lefty Ron Villone (8-6) pitched five solid innings to earn his second victory as a starter this season. He allowed two runs on two hits, striking out five and walking three.
Suzuki's first two hits came off Ryan Drese (14-10), boosting Suzuki to 10-for-20 lifetime against him.
* ANGELS 10, ATHLETICS 0: Bartolo Colon dominated in seven sharp innings while pitching on three days' rest for the third time in his career, and No. 9 hitter Alfredo Amezaga had a grand slam that led the Anaheim Angels over the Athletics in Oakland.
Pinch hitter Andres Galarraga led off the ninth with his first homer of the season and No. 399 of his career. The Angels got hits from nine players to win for the sixth time in seven games and take a one-game AL West lead over the A's with two to play.
* TWINS 4, INDIANS 3: Corey Koskie homered and hit a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning in Minneapolis.
The AL Central champion Twins can still begin the playoffs at home. If they beat the Indians today and tomorrow, and Anaheim and Oakland avoid a sweep in their three-game series this weekend, Minnesota would host Boston in Game 1 of the division series on Tuesday. If not, the Twins would open in New York against the Yankees.
* BLUE JAYS 7, YANKEES 0: David Bush pitched a two-hitter for the first complete game of his major league career as Toronto easily beat Orlando Hernandez and visiting New York.
A day after clinching their seventh straight AL East title, the Yankees started just one regular, Hideki Matsui. He has started every game this season, extending his streak of consecutive games played to 322. Before he joined New York, he played in 1,573 consecutive games for the Yomiuri Giants in Japan's Central League.
* WHITE SOX 4, ROYALS 2: Jon Garland pitched six solid innings, and visiting Chicago (82-78) clinched second place in the AL Central.
Garland (12-11) allowed two runs and five hits with three strikeouts and three walks to lead the White Sox to their eighth win in 11 games. He raised his career record against Kansas City to 10-4.
* DEVIL RAYS 4, TIGERS 1: For the first time in its history, Tampa Bay won't finish last.
Rob Bell came within an out of his first career shutout before Ivan Rodriguez doubled for his 1,000th career RBI, and the Devil Rays won in Detroit to clinch fourth in the AL East.
Tampa Bay, which began play in 1998, improved to 69-90.