Seattle's Jason Vargas Loses Fourth Straight Start As M's Fall To A's, 6-2

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Jason Vargas Loses Fourth Straight Start As M's Fall To A's, 6-2

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Coco Crisp drove in two runs and Brett Anderson spun a gem on the mound, as the Oakland Athletics beat Seattle, 6-2, in the opener of a three-game series.

Anderson (4-6) scattered a run on four hits and did not walk a batter while tossing 7 2/3 innings. The left-hander had gone 0-4 in his previous five starts.

Daric Barton had two hits and scored twice for Oakland, which has won three of its last four games and climbed to within seven games of AL West-leading Texas.

Franklin Gutierrez hit a solo home run for the Mariners, who have been held to three or fewer runs in 11 straight games. Jason Vargas (9-9) lost his fourth straight start after allowing five runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Crisp homered to begin the first. Barton followed with a triple and scored on a groundout by Kurt Suzuki to give Oakland an early 2-0 lead.

Matt Carson homered off Vargas to open the fourth. Steven Tolleson then doubled, took third on a sacrifice and scored on a single by Crisp.

A Rajai Davis sac fly increased Oakland’s lead to 5-0 in the fifth.

Gutierrez put Seattle on the board with a leadoff home run in the seventh, but the A’s got the run back in the bottom of the inning when Jack Cust singled home Barton.

Jose Lopez hit a sac fly in the ninth to account for the final score.

The A’s have won 15 of their last 20 day games and are 32-15 during the day this season, which is the best record in the majors…Seattle has lost six straight in Oakland.

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Seattle's Jason Vargas To Start First Of Three-Game Series With Oakland

(Sports Network) - Second-year lefty Brett Anderson can pitch the Oakland Athletics a game closer to .500 and keep them an outside contender in the American League playoff race today, when the team hosts the Seattle Mariners for the first of three games at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

The Athletics come in after taking two of three from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim over the weekend, though they lost by a 7-4 score on Sunday. Bobby Abreu drove in three runs and scored three times to lead the Angels.

Jeff Larish hit a two-run double for Oakland, which has dropped five of seven. A's starter Vin Mazzaro (6-8) was rocked in 4 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on six hits as the right-hander lost his sixth straight decision.

The Athletics are now two games below .500 at 67-69 and sit eight games behind the Texas Rangers in the chase for AL's West Division title. The Rangers, who lost slugging outfielder Josh Hamilton to injury over the weekend, begin a four-game series today in Toronto.

Anderson, a 22-year-old from Midland, Texas, was 3-2 on the season after a 4-3 defeat of the Kansas City Royals on Aug. 4 in Oakland. He's 0-4 in five starts since, however, including a six-inning stint en route to a 4-3 loss to the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.

He's pitched at least six innings in four of those five starts, allowing 34 hits and 14 runs in 28 innings.

The slump began against the Mariners on Aug. 10 in Seattle, when Anderson allowed five hits and a run in seven innings of a 2-1 loss.

He is 2-2 in six home starts in 2010.

Seattle counters with 27-year-old southpaw Jason Vargas, who'll seek his first win since Aug. 14.

The former second-round pick of the Florida Marlins defeated the Cleveland Indians to improve to a career-best 9-5 that day, but has lost three subsequent starts against the Yankees, Minnesota and the Angels.

Vargas picked up his initial win of 2010 against the Athletics after tossing six innings and allowing five hits and two runs while walking none and striking out six in Seattle on April 14.

He's 2-0 in three career games against Oakland with a 1.69 earned run average in 10 2/3 innings.

Seattle comes in off a winning effort on Sunday, when Russell Branyan homered and drove in two runs to back eight scoreless innings by Felix Hernandez as the Mariners topped Cleveland, 3-0, at Safeco Field.

Oakland has won five of six meetings with the Mariners held at the Coliseum this year, as well as seven of 12 overall matchups between the teams in 2010.

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