Casper Wells of the Seattle Mariners is congratulated by teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - Brendan Ryan's RBI single in the eighth inning
Tuesday night lifted the Seattle Mariners to a 3-2 victory over the Oakland
Athletics to even their three-game series.
Casper Wells led off the eighth with a single, stole second base and scored
the winning run.
Mariners starter Jason Vargas sparkled, striking out a career high-tying 10 in
6 2/3 innings, but was charged with two runs on three hits and two walks in a
Erasmo Ramirez also struck out 10 in the series opener on Monday, marking the
first time in almost 13 years two Mariners had at least 10 strikeouts in back-
Vargas, who lost his previous three starts, faced the minimum through four
innings and allowed just one hit -- a single -- before running into trouble in
The Mariners snapped a two-game losing streak, moving to 9-14 in June.
Yoenis Cespedes hit a solo homer for the A's, who had a two-game win streak
snapped in just their fourth loss in 14 games. Travis Blackley went seven
innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out three.
Charlie Furbush (4-1) pitched out of a jam in the eighth inning to earn the
win. He intentionally walked Cespedes with two outs, putting runners at first
and second, then fanned Brandon Inge to end the inning.
Jim Miller (2-1) relieved Blackley and surrendered Wells' leadoff single in
the eighth. Wells stole second as Dustin Ackley struck out and Ryan lined an
opposite field single to shallow right-center to score the go-ahead run.
Tom Wilhelmsen threw a perfect ninth for his sixth save.
Vargas struck out five straight batters before hitting Jonny Gomes leading off
the third inning. Gomes was erased on a double play -- as was Brandon Hicks
after he got Oakland's first hit in the fourth.
While their starter mowed through the opposing lineup, the Mariners took a 2-0
lead in the third inning. Ackley led off with a single, went to second on
Ichiro Suzuki's one-out hit and scored on Franklin Gutierrez's double off the
base of the wall in center.
Suzuki went to third on the play and scored on Kyle Seager's sacrifice line
drive, but the Mariners ran themselves out of the inning when right fielder
Josh Reddick gunned down Gutierrez at third on a botched tag up.
Vargas gave up a walk in the fifth, but struck out three in the inning for the
second time in the game. He faced just four batters in the sixth, walking one,
before being knocked out of the game in the seventh.
Cespedes belted his eighth homer of the season to left with one down and Seth
Smith chased Vargas with a two-out double. Gomes then greeted Brandon League
with an RBI single to score Smith and tie the game at 2-2.
Paul Abbott and Freddy Garcia were the last two Seattle pitchers to strike out
at least 10 in consecutive games on Aug. 23 and 24, 1999...The Mariners are
6-3 in the season series.
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