That’s three consecutive series wins by the Mariners against clubs expected to contend for the playoffs this year. Jason Vargas went a season-best 7 2/3 innings, allowing just one run, while Brandon League closed out his ninth save in as many tries.
So, a 3-1 win by the M’s, who take two of three from the Texas Rangers. Make that the second-place Rangers, who fell a game behind the Angels. Texas is now just two games up on the Mariners.
Seattle’s offense is still a mystery. The M’s have averaged just three runs per game over their last six contests. But they’ve won four of them. The pitching has been that good.
Justin Smoak was a beast on offense again tonight, collecting three more hits with a home run, a very long double and a single in the eighth.
Colby Lewis was very good for the Rangers, matching his career high with 10 strikeouts in the complete-game loss. But he wasn’t good enough.