SEATTLE, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Bernie Williams had four hits to continue his searing pace Friday night as the New York Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners, 9-3, for their fifth straight win.
Williams went 4-for-4 with a walk and has hits in his last 10 official at-bats, breaking his own team record. He is two shy of the major league record set by Boston's Pinky Higgins in 1938 and tied by Detroit's Walt Dropo in 1952.
The center fielder had RBI singles in the first and fifth innings, helping the Yankees to a 5-3 lead. The score remained the same into the ninth, when Seattle manager Lou Piniella decided to walk slugger Jason Giambi to load the bases and take his chances against Williams.
Williams drilled Shigetoshi Hasegawa's first pitch down the right field line for a two-run double, breaking open the game.
After another intentional walk reloaded the bases, Raul Mondesi doubled off the left field wall, driving in two more runs.
Williams continued to climb the Yankees' star-studded all-time lists. He has 1,785 hits, moving past Tony Lazzeri for 10th place on the all-time list, and 345 doubles, hurdling Mickey Mantle for fifth in club annals.