Jason Vargas outpitched Jered Weaver today, going within two outs of the distance in a 4-1 win over the Angels that allows the Mariners to finish this 3-6 road trip on a much more positive note than it looked like just 24 hours ago.
Weaver hadn’t lost a game since May 13 and had come in with a 15-inning scoreless streak against Seattle. In his last three outings against the M’s, he’d gone nine innings. So, yes, this type of victory hasn’t happened often for the Mariners.
Indeed, they only had four hits in seven innings off Weaver. But Jesus Montero had home runs on two of those and that was the difference.
Chone Figgins came through with a huge RBI triple as an injury replacement for Mike Carp, bringing home a key fourth run for Seattle in the top of the ninth. That came in handy as a cushion in the bottom of the inning when Howie Kendrick tripled off the wall.
Tom Wilhelmsen came on to replace Vargas and notch the final two out. But working with a three-run lead in that situation is a lot different from a two-run margin, given that the tying run didn’t have to come to the plate.
August 12, 2012 at 3:16 PM