SEATTLE (AP) -- John Jaso lined a single over Detroit's drawn-in infield in the eighth inning to drive in Michael Saunders with the tiebreaking run, Jason Vargas pitched eight strong innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Tigers 2-1 on Wednesday night.
Jaso's single off reliever Duane Below was hit so hard shortstop Jhonny Peralta barely had time to react before it was landing in the outfield grass and Saunders was jogging home with the go-ahead run. Saunders had led off the eighth inning with a pinch-hit double down the left-field line.
Vargas (4-2) threw a season-high eight innings, striking out six and giving up just five hits. He outpitched young Detroit starter Drew Smyly, who gave up just two hits but was pulled after the sixth.
Though Vargas had thrown only 90 pitches, Seattle manager Eric Wedge went to closer Brandon League in the ninth. League immediately fell behind Austin Jackson 3-0 and walked him on a 3-2 pitch. However, Jackson was quickly erased when shortstop B...