Mariners win opener in Tokyo; Ichiro 4 for 5

Mariners win opener in Tokyo; Ichiro 4 for 5

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US Major League baseball (MLB) team Seattle Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley takes a shot making a 2-1 lead in the 11th inning of the MLB 2012 Opening Series in Japan against Oakland Athletics in Tokyo on March 28, 2012. Mariners beat Athletics by 3-1. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on March 28, 2012 at 8:59 AM

TOKYO -- Dustin Ackley drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning and Ichiro Suzuki went 4 for 5 as the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 Wednesday in baseball's season-opener in Tokyo.

Brendan Ryan doubled to lead off the 11th, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Chone Figgins and scored on Ackley's single to center.

Suzuki then gave Seattle an insurance run with a single to center off Oakland reliever Jerry Blevins that scored Ackley from second.

The capacity crowd of 44,227 at Tokyo Dome was a sea of flashbulbs every time Suzuki came to bat. He got a standing ovation when he took his position in right field in the final inning.  

 

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