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Iwakuma masterful in win over Phillies

AP

The Seattle Mariners gave Hisashi Iwakuma an early lead and the pitcher took it from there.

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 the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

Mike Zunino was 0-for-17 before getting two hits and driving in two runs. The Mariners, who scored two runs in the first, have won 11 of their last 14.

“We had the lead early, which is big for me, for my pitching, because I’m all about pitching to contact,” Iwakuma said through an interpreter.

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.

“We have a strong belief in our bullpen, so I was able to watch the TV very calmly,” Iwakuma said.

Brewers 6, Blue Jays 1

In Milwaukee, Mike Fiers pitched seven dominant innings, and Jonathan Lucroy and Aramis Ramirez each had a pair of doubles.

Infielder Munenori Kawasaki finished 0-for-2 but picked up an RBI for the Blue Jays in the loss.

Royals 7, Rockies 4

In Denver, Omar Infante had three doubles and drove in four runs to help streaking Kansas City beat Colorado.

The Royals’ Norichika Aoki finished 0-for-2 with a pair of walks.

Marlins 4, Rangers 3 (10)

In Miami, Giancarlo Stanton hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning, and the Marlins won their third straight.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Nationals 8, Diamondbacks 1

In Washington, the Nationals scored six runs in the third inning and ran their winning streak to eight games.

Braves 11, Pirates 3

In Pittsburgh, Justin Upton smashed his 24th home run as Atlanta beat the Pirates.

Cardinals 5, Reds 4

In St. Louis, Jon Jay was hit by a pitch from J.J. Hoover with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, lifting the Cardinals over Cincinnati.

Dodgers 8, Padres 6

In Los Angeles, Justin Turner drove in two runs and scored another pair to help the Dodgers snap a three-game skid.

Cubs 2, Giants 0 (5)

In Chicago, Anthony Rizzo slammed a two-run homer, Tsuyoshi Wada pitched five strong innings, and the Cubs beat San Francisco in a game halted by rain.