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06/04/09 1:14 AM ET

Ichiro extends streak to 27 games

Right fielder singles in third inning against Orioles

SEATTLE -- One more game and he's halfway there.

It took him two at-bats Wednesday night in Seattle's 3-2 win over Baltimore, but Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki singled to right field off Baltimore starter Brad Bergesen in the third inning and extended his career-best and franchise-record hitting streak to 27 games.

If he gets a hit in his next game Friday against Minnesota, Ichiro will be halfway to Joe DiMaggio's all-time mark of 56 games, set in 1941.

Ichiro grounded out to second base in his first at-bat Wednesday night, but in his second trip to the plate, with one out in the third, Ichiro hit a hard grounder on a 2-0 Bergesen sinker into right for a clean single. He scored two batters later on Adrian Beltre's first-pitch, two-out homer to left.

Ichiro's 27-game hitting streak is the longest active streak in Major League Baseball and the second-longest in the Majors this year to Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who hit in 30 straight.

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.