PHOENIX Ichiro Suzuki showed again Tuesday that he can do about anything he wants at the plate. This time it was enough to render one of the Diamondbacks' best offensive games of the season moot.
Suzuki had four hits, including the 2,500th of his major league career, but it was his sacrifice fly in the eighth inning that started the Diamondbacks on the way to a 12-9, 10-ininng loss, snapping their six-game winning streak at Chase Field.
Those who have played with Suzuki insist he could hit 25 home runs a year if he tried. After slapping the ball around all night, when Suzuki needed a fly ball in the eighth, it was there. He drove in Brendan Ryan to tie the game at 9, then capped a three-run 10th with a run-scoring double.
The D-backs had 14 hits, including home runs by Gerardo Parra, Aaron Hill and Paul Goldschmidt, but none after Miguel Montero's tie-breaking single gave them a 9-8 lead in the sixth.
Seattle hit, too, getting 15, the biggest being Suzuki's two singles and two ...