On Tuesday night, the Seattle Mariners hosted the Oakland Athletics in the second game of a three-game series at Safeco Field. After a tough 1-0 loss in the opener, the Mariners nearly had another heartbreaker, but were able to pull off the 3-2 win.
The Mariners ended their long two-game-plus scoreless streak in the third inning. Franklin Gutierrez hit an RBI double and Kyle Seager followed that up with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 M's.
Starter Jason Vargas kept the score right there until the seventh inning, when he gave up a home run to Yoenis Cespedes that cut the Mariners lead in half. After giving up a two-out double to Seth Smith, Vargas was pulled for Brandon League, who gave up an RBI single to Jonny Gomes that tied the game.
Vargas ended up going 6.2 innings and was charged with both runs. After giving up just three hits and two walks while striking out 10 Oakland batters, Vargas got the no-decision.
Casper Wells led off the bottom of the eighth with a single, took second on a stolen base as Dustin Ackley struck out and came in to score on a Brendan Ryan line drive over the glove of a leaping Jemile Weeks. The go-ahead run was enough to hold on for the win.
Seattle will go for the series win in the rubber game on Wednesday.
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