Ichiro ties Oh's Japanese runs scored record

Ichiro ties Oh's Japanese runs scored record

MIAMI -- In the fifth inning of Friday's game against the Nationals, Ichiro Suzuki sprinted home from second base on Mat Latos' single, and the 41-year-old dashed into the Japanese record books.

The run was the 1,309th of Ichiro's professional career, and it moved him into elite company. Ichiro has matched Sadaharu Oh for the most runs scored by a Japanese player.

The historic run also was part of Miami's 3-2 win at Marlins Park.

"Ichiro, he's a big part of this team," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "I think he's having fun. We brought him in here to provide depth in that outfield. He's a big part of our team. He's a great guy. He's having fun. You see him over there laughing, and enjoying Miami, for sure."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.