Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/21/12

Jason Vargas is Seattle's winningest pitcher this year at 7-7, but he's lost three games in a row, and Wednesday's 4 1/3-inning, 10-run outing leaves his ERA at 4.66.

More than that, he's leaving his pitches up. He'd allowed five homers in the previous three starts before yielding five homers Wednesday at Arizona, the worst home run performance of his career.

"He was up a little bit; it was an off day," manager Eric Wedge said after the Mariners' 14-10 loss to the Diamondbacks. "He's working behind (in the count) quite a bit."

June has been a struggled for Vargas, who is 1-3 in four starts with 23 earned runs allowed in 24 innings (8.63 ERA). His season ERA has soared from 3.45 to 4.66.

That has taken him out of his usual pattern. Before this season, Vargas was 6-6 with a 3.45 in the month of June.

He probably wouldn't have pitched as deep into Wednesday's game as he did had not the Mariners burned through their bullpen Tuesday in a 12-9, 10-inning win over the Diamondbacks.

The relievers pitched six innings in that one.

"We had to take Vargas as far as we could," Wedge said.

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