SEATTLE (AP) – Ichiro Suzuki became the sixth major leaguer with 200th hits in his first five seasons, leading the Seattle Mariners over the Oakland Athletics 4-1 on Friday night.

Jamie Moyer improved to 10-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 17 starts at home this season. The 42-year-old left-hander (13-7) ran his career record at Safeco Field to 51-26, beating the A’s for the first time in eight starts since Sept. 28, 2003.

Raising his batting average four points, Suzuki went 4-for-5 – including two doubles – to give him 202 hits. With two games left, Suzuki is hitting .301.

Willie Keeler (1894-1901) holds the record with eight straight 200-hit seasons, while Wade Boggs (1983-89) had seven. Suzuki joined Chuck Klein (1929-33), Al Simmons (1929-33) and Charlie Gehringer (1933-37) at five in a row.

Suzuki, 31, established the major league record with 262 hits last season, breaking George Sisler’s mark of 257 set in 1920.

Moyer allowed one run and five hits with no walks, two hit batters and five strikeouts. On the road this year, he was 3-7 with a 6.11 ERA in 15 starts. He had his fifth consecutive season with 200 or more innings pitched.

Moyer lost his bid for a shutout when Mark Ellis led off the eighth with his 13th homer. It was the 23rd homer allowed by Moyer in 2005 – seven at home – after he gave up 44 homers to lead the majors and set a club record last season.

Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for Seattle for his 36th save in 41 opportunities.

The A’s, who were eliminated from the playoffs on Tuesday, fell behind the last-place Mariners 3-0 in the first, when Kirk Saarloos (10-9) gave up two hits and walked two. Adrian Beltre had an RBI groundout and Greg Dobbs singled in two runs.

Seattle made it 4-0 in the fifth on Beltre’s RBI double.

Saarloos pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks, with one strikeout.

Retiring catcher Dan Wilson of the Mariners played the first inning on Fan Appreciation Night and got a standing ovation from the crowd of 34,809 after coming out of his 1,251st – and final – career game with the Mariners. Wilson, in his 12th season in Seattle and 14th in the majors, is retiring at the end of the season.

Notes: A’s manager Ken Macha said before Friday night’s game that SS Bobby Crosby’s season was over. Crosby left the game against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night after six innings with soreness in his left ankle and has not played since. He was on the 15-day DL from Aug. 28-Sept. 19 with a fractured left ankle. “I’m not going to play the guy if there’s pain in there,” Macha said. “He’s got medical clearance, but I don’t think it’s fair to anybody.” The 25-year-old Crosby hit .276 with nine homers and 38 RBIs in 84 games in his second full season with the A’s. Crosby was on the DL from April 5-May 29 with two broken ribs after getting hurt opening day at Baltimore.

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