Mariners Hold on to Beat Angels

SportsBaseballSeattle MarinersLos Angeles AngelsJason VargasMiguel OlivoKendrys Morales

Getting production from up and down the lineup on Monday night, the Mariners managed to belt out 10 hits and beat the Angels, 8-6, in front of 36,079 at Angel Stadium.

Kyle Seager started it off in the first inning, continuing his hot hitting with a solo home run over the cyprus trees in center field.

In his last five games, Seager is batting .400 (10-for-25) with two home runs, four doubles and six RBIs.

Seager was apart of the Mariners' next rally as one of three straight players to walk against Angels starter Ervin Santana in the third inning with one out.

With the bases loaded, John Jaso drilled a single to right field, scoring Dustin Ackley. After that, a fielder's choice to first base off the bat of Mike Carp then scored Seager, giving the Mariners a 3-1 lead.

Seattle broke the game open in the fifth by scoring four runs -- all with two outs -- to give the team a 7-2 lead. It started with an RBI single by Miguel Olivo, before a double down the left-field line by Munenori Kawasaki with the bases loaded plated three more runs.

The team tacked on another insurance run in the seventh on back-to-back doubles by Olivo and Michael Saunders.

That was enough support for left-hander Jason Vargas, who gave up four runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings for the win. He also struck out eight, a season high, to improve to 7-4 on the season.

Giving up a run in the first and solo shots to Kendrys Morales in the fourth and sixth inning, Vargas exited with two outs in the sixth after giving up a single and a walk.

After his departure, the bullpen had a few issues in the eighth, when right-hander Shawn Kelley loaded the bases with none out. A sacrifice fly by Mike Trout and a double by Maicer Izturis put the Angels down by just two runs.

However, right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen cleaned up the mess with runners on second and third and one out. He got Albert Pujols to hit a fielder's-choice grounder back to the mound and struck out Mark Trumbo on three pitches to end the threat.

{Quinn Roberts, MLB.com}

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