May 18, 2011 in Sports

League saves one for M’s Vargas

Associated Press
 
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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Jason Vargas gets a ball after giving up a hit to the Los Angeles Angels in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 18, 2011, in Seattle.
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SEATTLE — Jason Vargas went seven innings and denied Jered Weaver another chance at becoming the first pitcher in the majors to reach seven wins, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 on Wednesday night.

The first of 19 meetings this season between the AL West rivals went the way of the Mariners, thanks to another gem from Vargas, who ran his streak of scoreless innings to 16. Vargas (3-2) threw nine shutout innings last week against Baltimore, then followed up by holding the Angels to four singles in seven innings.

Jack Cust had two RBI singles as his rebound from a miserable April continued and Justin Smoak added an RBI double.

After winning his first six starts, Weaver (6-4) dropped his fourth straight decision and remained tied for the league lead in victories. The Angels have lost six of seven.

The Angels threatened in the eighth after Vargas left. Jamey Wright allowed two walks and Alberto Callaspo’s infield single to load the bases with two outs. He fell behind pinch-hitter Hank Conger 2-0 then got him looking at a 3-2 pitch on the inside corner.

Brandon League pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 13 chances and his first since blowing three games last week.

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