Angels 5, Mariners 1

In his third start since returning from the disabled list, Jason

Vargas felt right at home back on the Safeco Field mound.

Vargas (7-5), who spent his past four seasons in Seattle,

allowed one run in 6 1-3 innings and struck out five to earn the

victory and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Mariners 5-1 on

Saturday night.

It was Vargas’ first win since picking up the decision in an

11-3 victory over the Mariners on June 17.

”He had to pitch out of some jams, but when he had to, he got a

couple double play balls,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ”I

thought Jason did a great job. It was great to see him get into the

seventh and get to 100 pitches. He maintained his stuff. He pitched

and I think that’s when he’s at his best.”

The Mariners had multiple runners on base in the second and

fourth innings, but came up empty each time as Vargas worked out of


In the fourth, Vargas walked Justin Smoak and Endy Chavez

singled to put runners on the corners with no outs, but the

Mariners left both runners stranded.

”We spread out some hits here and there, but we never really

put anything together,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. ”You

got to put more heat on them offensively. We didn’t put a whole lot

of pressure on them tonight. We got to make it more difficult for

them than we did tonight.”

Vargas said he didn’t feel much different from his first two

starts since returning from the DL, but this time he managed to get

the result.

”I was just able to make pitches when the time came,” Vargas


The Angels jumped on top early against Mariners starter Erasmo

Ramirez (4-1). After a walk to Erick Aybar, Mike Trout hit his 22nd

home run to give the Angels a 2-0 lead.

Chavez limited the early damage by robbing a would-be home run

from Hank Conger in the second inning.

Ramirez and Vargas traded scoreless innings until Los Angeles

managed to extend the lead in the seventh.

Grant Green singled and J.B. Shuck doubled to put two runners in

scoring position with one out. Ramirez nearly worked out of the jam

as Green was thrown out at the plate on a grounder to second, but

Chavez dropped a fly ball that would have ended the inning and

allowed Shuck to score to increase the lead to 3-0.

Humberto Quintero and Dustin Ackley led off the seventh inning

with a pair of singles and Nick Franklin came to the plate to

pinch-hit for Brendan Ryan.

With a 1-1 count, Franklin tried to call time, but it wasn’t

granted by plate umpire Ron Kulpa. Vargas appeared to hear

Franklin’s request while checking the runner at second base in his

windup and stopped his motion. Kulpa called a balk and allowed both

Quintero and Ackley to advance a base.

”When I heard it loud like that I just assumed it was the

umpire but it wasn’t,” Vargas said. ”That’s all on me. I can’t

take that for granted.”

Franklin grounded out to third to score Quintero and put the

Mariners on the board for the first time in two nights and chase

Vargas from the game.

Michael Kohn managed to work out of the jam. Despite hitting

Kyle Seager with a pitch, Kohn struck out Brad Miller and Kendrys

Morales to hold the Mariners at bay.

The Angels added two more runs off reliever Brandon Maurer in

the eighth inning. After a single from Mark Trumbo, Kole Calhoun

tripled to left-center field to score a run. Chris Nelson followed

with an RBI single to drive home Calhoun and extend the Angels lead

to 5-1.

Notes: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said RHP Garrett Richards

anticipates making his next start after taking a liner off his

right forearm in Friday night’s win over Seattle. … RHP Kevin

Jepsen was placed on the 15-day disabled list after having

emergency surgery Saturday in Seattle to remove his appendix. OF

Collin Cowgill was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake City. …

Mariners INF Nick Franklin pinch hit in the seventh inning and

remained in the game at second base for the conclusion of the game.

It was his first game action since suffering a gash in his knee

during a game in Oakland Tuesday night that required stitches. …

C Mike Zunino took batting practice with the Mariners and the team

plans to send him on a rehab assignment next week. Zunino has been

on the disabled list since July 26 after suffering a broken bone in

his left wrist.