Posted July 27, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Seattle starter Jason Vargas allowed one hit in eight innings to win his career-high 11th game, and Mike Carp had three hits to help the Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1 Thursday night. Vargas (11-7) allowed just a fourth-inning double during his eight innings, while striking out five and walking three. He retired the first 11 batters he faced before Billy Butler's 200th career double drove in Lorenzo Cain in the fourth. Vargas had walked Cain, then fell behind 3-0 before Butler drilled a fastball to the gap in left-center. Kansas City did not get a runner to second base against Vargas after the fourth. He's taken the mound following a Mariners loss in 14 of his 22 starts this season and has a 10-2 record with a 2.78 ERA in those games. He's 4-0 with a 1.46 ERA in five July starts. Kansas City starter Luis Mendoza (4-7) pitched five innings, allowing nine hits and four earned runs with three walks and a hit batter. Tom Wilhelmsen pitched the ninth for his 12...
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