Jason Vargas didn’t give an inch when it mattered today in notching a 2-0, complete game win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Vargas held the Mariners in a scoreless game until a Justin Smoak blooper off Cole Hamels finally got somebody on the board in the sixth.
And Vargas kept on rolling, retiring 15 in a row to carry his two-hitter through until there were two out in the ninth inning. Then, Ryan Howard singled on Vargas’ 114th pitch. M’s manager Eric Wedge went to the mound, but left Vargas in there to face Ben Francisco, who flied out to center to end it.
The M’s had added another run in the seventh when Dustin Ackley tripled to lead things off and wound up scoring on a broken bat blooper to left by Adam Kennedy. Seattle once again failed to get any real big hits when it mattered, but they got the bloopers needed to score just enough to win.
With Vargas through the eighth, the Mariners could have turned to Brandon League to attempt save No. 21 in the ninth.
But they stuck with Vargas.
The M’s are back to a half-game out of first place and even in the loss column after the Texas Rangers went down to defeat earlier today.
Things are getting interesting indeed.