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Suzuki stays hot in Oakland

OAKLAND -- Ichiro Suzuki is spending more time watching the hit series "Without a Trace" on DVD these days than monitoring Magglio Ordonez's at-bats in the race for the AL batting title.

Suzuki boosted his cause yet again Wednesday by adding two more hits to his total and raising his average to .354, helping the Seattle Mariners to their first three-game sweep in Oakland since 2001 with a 9-5 victory over the Athletics.

Ordonez began the day with the top average in the American League but went 0-for-4 for the Detroit Tigers in a loss at Cleveland and is now batting .353. While Suzuki says he does check ESPN and the newspapers, "Without a Trace" is keeping him plenty occupied.

"It's very interesting and I enjoy it a lot," he said, smiling.

Seattle won its sixth in a row in Oakland to finish 8-1 this season. They won the season series 14-5 after a 2-17 showing against the A's in 2006.

Jack Cust hit his 24th homer, a solo shot leading off the fifth that pulled Oakland within 5-4. Jack Hannahan had an RBI double and also singled and Mark Ellis drove in a run for the A's, who dropped their fourth consecutive game and must go undefeated over their final eight games to finish with a winning record for the ninth consecutive year.

Suzuki went 2 for 3 to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, and Yuniesky Betancourt drove in three runs on a blustery Bay Area day.

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