Yankees right-hander A.J. Burnett and three relievers combined to strike out 17 Mariners and Mariano Rivera racked up the 600th save of his career as Seattle lost its fourth straight, dropping a 3-2 decision Tuesday at Safeco Field.

The youthful Mariners have now hit double-digit strikeouts in five of their past six games, though not all the K's were courtesy of rookies as veterans Adam Kennedy and Ichiro Suzuki accounted for five of the whiffs.

Seattle wasn't able to take advantage of a fairly strong pitching outing of its own as rookie Charlie Furbush and relievers Shawn Kelley and Tom Wilhelmsen held the Yankees to three runs.

But the Mariners managed only five hits and went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, including a final time in the eighth when pinch-hitter Trayvon Robinson was struck out by reliever David Robertson with the bases loaded.

After a rocky second inning, Furbush wound up going 5 1/3 innings and allowing three runs on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts. But the youngster fell to 3-9 on the season after allowing the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth.

Manager Eric Wedge let Furbush push into the eighth inning in a 3-1 loss in Anaheim in his last outing, wanting him to get the experience of pitching late in a close ballgame after he'd pitched seven shutout innings.

This time Wedge pulled Furbush after 89 pitches with a runner on first and one out in the sixth. That ploy worked when Kelley immediately got a double play, though not the conventional way as Robinson Cano was doubled off first on a fly ball to center by Jesus Montero.

Furbush gave up a pair of runs in the second on three hits, including a 394-foot leadoff home run by Cano. It was the Yankees second baseman's 26th home run of the year and hiked his RBIs to a career-high 110.

The Mariners got one back in the bottom of the second when Miguel Olivo doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and crossed the plate on a base hit to right by Brendan Ryan.

Seattle then tied the game at 2-2 in the third when rookie third baseman Kyle Seager led off with a double and eventually scored on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Olivo.

But the Mariners let Burnett off the hook by stranding five runners in the first three frames while going 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Ichiro went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts as his pursuit of an 11th season with 200 hits grows tougher by the day. The 37-year-old needs 30 hits in the season's final 14 games to break his tie with Pete Rose for the most 200-hit seasons in a career.

Ryan was replaced at shortstop by Luis Rodriguez in the sixth inning, though there was no immediate word on why he was taken out.

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