PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After struggling through another start, Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett said he might walk away from millions of dollars not to return in 2015.
Hisashi Iwakuma struck out a season-high 11 batters in eight scoreless innings and Kyle Seager homered to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-2 victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
Burnett (6-14) lost his fifth straight decision and dropped to 0-6 with a 6.41 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break. He allowed six hits with four walks and hit two batters in 7 2-3 innings.
Burnett signed a one-year deal with a player option for next year in the offseason. After Tuesday's outing, he sounded as if he might decline the option. He would stand to make $10 million next season after making his 27th start on Tuesday.
Asked if he would return to the Phillies in 2015, Burnett said, "Probably not. We'll see."
Control has been a problem all season for Burnett, who began the day leading the majors with 72 walks. He started poorly, with eight straight balls to open the game.
"It took a while to get loose, much more than normal," Burnett said.
The Mariners took advantage as both of those batters, Austin Jackson and Dustin Ackley, scored on RBIs by Robinson Cano and Logan Morrison.
"He struggled out of the gate with early walks," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He just couldn't find the strike zone. But then he settled down."
His counterpart settled in right from the jump.
Iwakuma (12-6) was masterful while allowing four hits and no walks. Since July 1, the right-hander is 7-2 with a 1.63 ERA, 65 strikeouts and four walks in 72 innings over 10 starts.
"He was outstanding," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He commanded all of his pitches. He was in and out, up and down. Did a tremendous job for us."
The Phillies, who have scored three runs or less 65 times this season, got just one batter to second base against Iwakuma. They have lost six of their last eight.
The Mariners needed three pitchers in the ninth to preserve the victory. The last of the trio, Fernando Rodney, came on with two outs and the tying run at the plate and struck out Cody Asche to record his 36th save in 39 opportunities.
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