Ichiro eyes 3,000th hit in Marlins-Rockies rubber match

Ichiro eyes 3,000th hit in Marlins-Rockies rubber match

Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki will get a chance to reach 3,000 hits in Sunday's finale at Coors Field as the Marlins and Rockies have a rematch of a June 17 pitchers duel between Adam Conley and Jon Gray. Miami and Colorado split the first two games of the series.

Ichiro collected his 2,999th career hit in Saturday night's 12-6 Rockies win on a pinch-hit infield single and will look to reach his milestone against a pitcher he has never faced in his first start in over a week.

Gray was effective in the June 17 start against Miami with his fifth straight quality start at the time. He limited the Marlins to two runs on six hits over six innings with four strikeouts and two walks. Since June 10, Gray has held his opponents to two earned runs or fewer in seven of his last 10 starts.

Conley was nearly untouchable in that one for the Marlins, holding the Rockies scoreless with one hit. However, with five walks, the Rockies were able to run up his pitch count to 109, and Conley exited the 5-1 Marlins win after 5 2/3 innings.

Things to know about this game

• Right fielder Carlos Gonzalez was the only Rockies batter to get a hit off Conley in that June 17 matchup, lining a double to right field in the sixth inning. Gonzalez is riding a 17-game hit streak.

• The Marlins lead baseball with a .283 road batting average (582-for-2059). Catcher J.T. Realmuto is second in the Majors (first in the NL) with a .364 road batting average (68-for-187) and third baseman Martin Prado is third in the Majors with a .352 road batting average (76-for-216).

• Rockies rookie outfielder David Dahl has a 12-game hit streak to begin his career. It is the longest to start a career for the Rockies since Juan Pierre had a 16-game streak in 2000.

Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.