June 17, 2010 in Sports

Seattle’s Vargas shuts down Cardinals

The Spokesman-Review
Associated Press photo

Mariners starter Jason Vargas allowed one run in 7
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ST. LOUIS – Jason Vargas stymied the St. Louis Cardinals into the eighth inning and Matt Holliday failed again in the clutch in the Seattle Mariners’ 2-1 victory that prevented a three-game sweep on Wednesday night.

Holliday struck out on a ball in the dirt against Brandon League with the tying run at third to end the eighth, dropping his average to .194 with runners in scoring position.

Vargas (5-2) gave up a run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings, the second-longest outing of his career, and is 3-0 over his last eight starts. He outpitched St. Louis rookie Jaime Garcia (6-3), who gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings.

Albert Pujols barely missed homering on a drive off the top of the wall in left-center in the fourth.

Ichiro Suzuki doubled and singled for his major league-leading 32nd multihit game and second in the series, and extended his interleague hitting streak to 20 games. Ichiro singled off Dennys Reyes to open the eighth and stole second, but was picked off by reliever Jason Motte.

David Aardsma worked the ninth for his 14th save in 18 chances.

Chone Figgins’ fifth-inning single was the go-ahead hit for the M’s, who won for the third time in 13 games. Ryan Langerhans’ RBI grounder gave the M’s their other run in the fourth.

Pujols’ near homer with one out in the fourth was the second call to undergo video review this season at Busch Stadium, both of which confirmed the original ruling. Second-base umpire Fieldin Culbreth said the ball had fallen just short, immediately waving the safe sign.

Left fielder Milton Bradley barely missed a leaping catch on Pujols’ drive, which seemed to lose steam on a humid night. Pujols politicked unsuccessfully as he stood at second but eventually scored on Ryan Ludwick’s sacrifice fly to tie it at 1.


Mariners LHP Erik Bedard (shoulder) threw 40 pitches in a simulated game. He’s scheduled for a light side session on Friday and then would make a three-inning rehab start for Rookie-level Peoria next week. … After lining out in the sixth, Mariners 3B Jose Lopez left with mild patella tendinitis in his left knee.

Mariners 2, Cardinals 1

I.Suzuki rf 402001.343
Figgins 2b 301110.230
Bradley lf 311012.230
Jo.Lopez 3b 301000.233
Tuiasosopo 3b 100001.167
Jo.Wilson ss 300002.277
Langerhans 1b 300111.182
Alfonzo c 400001.267
Aardsma p 000000—-
M.Saunders cf 411000.230
J.Vargas p 300001.000
League p 000000—-
Ro.Johnson c 000000.211
Totals 3126239
F.Lopez 2b 400001.248
Holliday lf 400001.284
Pujols 1b 411001.308
Ludwick rf 301100.285
Freese 3b 403001.318
Rasmus cf 400001.292
Y.Molina c 300000.254
J.Garcia p 200001.192
D.Reyes p 000000—-
Motte p 000000.000
Stavinoha ph 101000.314
Winn pr 000000.300
T.Miller p 000000—-
B.Ryan ss 200000.217
Totals 3116106
Seattle 000110000—260
St. Louis 000100000—160

LOB—Seattle 6, St. Louis 5. 2B—I.Suzuki (16), Pujols (15), Ludwick (18), Stavinoha (2). RBIs—Figgins (18), Langerhans (3), Ludwick (40). SB—I.Suzuki (20). CS—I.Suzuki (7). S—B.Ryan. SF—Ludwick. RLISP—Seattle 5 (Jo.Lopez, Alfonzo, Bradley, Jo.Wilson 2); St. Louis 2 (Holliday, Rasmus). GIDP—Alfonzo. DP—St. Louis 1 (F.Lopez, B.Ryan, Pujols).

J.Vargas W, 5-2 72/351104942.88
League H, 4 1/30000143.60
Aardsma S, 14-18 110001135.57
J.Garcia L, 6-3 7522171111.59
D.Reyes 01000063.63
Motte 100022182.25
T.Miller 100000103.24

IR-S—League 1-0, Motte 1-0. HBP—by J.Garcia (Jo.Wilson). WP—J.Vargas. PB—Y.Molina 2. T—2:47. A—40,020 (43,975).

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