The Seattle Mariners got a big explosion of much-needed offense on Saturday night against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. The Mariners coasted to a 7-1 win and evened up their three-game series. Jason Vargas, who has been the most consistent pitcher for the Mariners all season, pitched a gem of a game, allowing one run on seven hits and one walk and striking out six in a complete game for his eighth win of the year.
The Mariners got on the board in the first inning, thanks to a John Jaso single and a defensive miscue by A's center fielder Coco Crisp that allowed Michael Saunders to score from first. In the bottom of the first, Josh Reddick muscled his 20th home run of the year, but that would be the lone run for the A's in the game.
The Mariners picked up two runs in the second inning on a Brendan Ryan double, another run in the fourth on a Casper Wells homer and three more in the fifth on a bases-loaded, two-out double by Kyle Seager, who continues to be fantastic at driving in runs with two outs.
The rubber game is tomorrow and the Mariners will hope to head into the All-Star break with a series win.
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