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The Mariners were at .500 on July 5, 2 1/2 games back in the AL West and an early season surprise. But everything has fallen apart since. Their skid is the longest in the majors since Kansas City lost 19 in a row in 2005.
Ichiro Suzuki cut the lead to 2-1 with a sacrifice fly in the third after the first two runners reached. The rally was halted when Franklin Gutierrez was thrown out trying to advance on a ball that bounced in the dirt.
The Yankees put it out of reach in the fourth. After Vargas struck out Nick Swisher to start the inning, Russell Martin reached when third baseman Kennedy couldn't handle his tough grounder down the line. Andruw Jones then was called safe on a toss play to Vargas at first base, but replays appeared to show Vargas won the race to the base.
Eduardo Nunez and Brett Gardner followed with RBI singles. Jeter then hit a grounder to second. Dustin Ackley made a poor throw home for another run.
Granderson had one of his two sacrifice flies and Teixeira made it 8-1 with a single.
"It's one thing when you know you're kind of all over the place and they get to you, but other than that home run in the first to Teixeira, they just battle you and battle you and don't give up at-bats and don't give in," Vargas said. "I did my best out there to try to limit what was going on but nothing was going right for us."
Vargas lost his fourth straight start, giving up eight runs -- four earned -- and seven hits in four innings.
Justin Smoak had an RBI single in the seventh and Brendan Ryan a run-scoring double in the eighth.
NOTES: Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Alex Rodriguez (knee surgery, July 11) is on target to return mid-August. ... RHP Rafael Soriano (May 17, elbow inflammation) pitched a scoreless inning for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ... INF Chone Figgins was not in the Seattle lineup because he was tending to a family emergency. ... Mariners RHP Shawn Kelly (elbow surgery Sept. 1) will fly to Triple-A Tacoma to make a rehab appearance Wednesday. ... LHP Eric Bedard, out since June 28 with a left knee sprain is set to start for Seattle Friday.
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