SEATTLE - JUNE 03: Starting pitcher Jason Vargas #38 of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field on June 3, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners defeated the Rays 7-0. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Mariners Vs. Angels: Jason Vargas Squares Off Against Dan Haren

The Mariners host the Angels in a critical three-game division series. Jason Vargas squares off against Dan Haren in game one.

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Mariners Vs. Angels: Vernon Wells Leads Los Angeles In 6-3 Victory

The Mariners (34-33) were deadlocked with the Angels (32-36) in a 2-2 tie for six innings at Safeco Field on Monday night. It was not until the seventh inning when the Angels rallied for three runs and took the lead and eventually the game, 6-3. 

Both teams got on the board in the first inning. In the top of the first, Angels center fielder Torii Hunter scored off of a Howie Kenderick base hit into left field. The Mariners responded in the bottom of the first after Adam Kennedy hit a line drive double to center field that scored Ichiro from second base. After a Franklin Gutierrez ground ball that scored Carlos Peguero from third, the Mariners took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning.

Entering Monday's game, Angels left fielder Vernon Wells was only batting .189 and had only managed two hits in the past seven games. The struggling veteran turned things around in the bottom of the third inning when he hit a two-out solo home run to left field that tied the game 2-2.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Brendan Ryan scored Chone Figgins on a sacrifice fly to give the Mariners a 3-2 lead. Despite holding the Angels to two runs for six innings, Mariners starter Jason Vargas was unable to secure the victory.

In the top of the seventh inning Chone Figgins cleanly fielded a Hunter groundball and chose to throw the ball to home plate to prevent the tying run from scoring. While Angels catcher Jeff Mathis appeared to be out at the plate, his slide ended up knocking the ball out of Olivo's glove, and the Angels tied the game at 3-3. Later in the inning, Wells hit his second home run of the game and gave the Angels a 5-3 lead. 

The Mariners offense was unable to put together a late-inning rally. The Angels bullpen shut the Mariners out in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

For more news and information regarding the Mariners and tonight's game head on over to SB Nation's Mariners blog, Lookout Landing.

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Mariners Vs. Angels: Jason Vargas Squares Off Against Dan Haren

The Mariners (34-32) return home to Safeco Field Monday night to start a three game series against their division rivals, the LA Angels (31-36). Seattle has an opportunity to separate themselves from the Angels in the standings and make the AL West division race a two-team battle. The Mariners are currently 1.5 games back from the Texas Rangers, while the Angels are five games back. 

Jason Vargas (4-3 3.94 ERA) gets the start for the Mariners. In his last start against the Angels, Vargas pitched seven innings of shut out baseball and struck out a season-high nine Angels batters. The left-hander has won four of his last five decisions. 

Taking the mound for the Angels is Dan Haren (5-4 2.41 ERA). Haren went eight innings and only surrendered one run to the Mariners in a start back in mid-May. He has been a dependable workhorse for the Angels this season, he has pitched into the sixth inning in all but one of his 14 starts.

First pitch at Safeco Field Field is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. PT with coverage on ROOT Sports and 710 ESPN AM.

For more news and information regarding the Mariners and tonight's game head on over to SB Nation's Mariners blog, Lookout Landing.

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