Entering the game, Jeter was tied with Gwynn with 3,141 hits. Jeter and Yount both have 3,142 career hits, which is 10 shy of Paul Waner (15th, with 3,152) and 12 shy of George Brett (14th, with 3,154).
"I hadn't thought about it, we lost," Jeter said after the Yankees' 6-2 loss to Seattle. "You mention those guys -- guys that are two of the best players to ever play the game. It's humbling, but I really wasn't thinking about it much."
Jeter entered the day ranked first in baseball in hits and multihit games this season, second in batting average against left-handers, third in batting average and fifth in total bases.
He has 54 hits through 34 games, and is the first Yankees player to reach the 50-hit mark in the team's first 30 games of the season. Jeter is the Yankees' all-time hits leader.