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Vargas, M's survive cold to blast Rockies

DENVER — Jason Vargas threw seven strong innings, Kyle Seager homered and drove in three runs, and the Seattle Mariners beat the free-falling Colorado Rockies 10-3 on Saturday.

One day after being victimized by Kevin Millwood's two-hitter — his first shutout in nine years — the Rockies looked lost against Vargas (5-3), who took a two-hitter into the seventh to help hand Colorado its 12th loss in 15 games.

And on a cold and damp day where the vendors' shouts of "Hot chocolate here!" drowned out the usual "Ice cold beer" screams, Rockies rookie left-hander Christian Friedrich (1-1) fizzled in his first start at Coors Field. After allowing just two earned runs over 13 innings in his two starts on the Rockies' recent West Coast swing, Friedrich was tagged for eight earned runs on nine hits in five-plus innings.

Giants 4, Athletics 0

At San Francisco, Ryan Vogelsong allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings and played a key role in San Francisco's go-ahead rally as the Giants beat the Oakland Athletics for the 11th straight time at home.

Vogelsong (2-2) retired the first 13 batters he faced and allowed only a soft single to right-center by Seth Smith with one out in the fifth. But he was still locked in a scoreless duel with Tyson Ross before the Giants broke through for four runs with help of a disputed call in the seventh.

Emmanuel Burriss led off the inning with an infield single, and Giants manager Bruce Bochy called back pinch-hitter Aubrey Huff from the on-deck circle to have Vogelsong try to lay down a bunt. Ross (2-4) threw high and tight and home plate umpire James Hoye ruled Vogelsong was hit by the pitch. The A's argued that the ball hit Vogelsong's bat.

Grant Balfour came in and walked Gregor Blanco on four pitches before striking out Brandon Crawford for the first out. Melky Cabrera followed with a sacrifice fly. Buster Posey extended the lead with a ground-rule double and Angel Pagan's single made it 4-0. Oakland manager Bob Melvin got ejected after arguing again with Hoye on his way to take out Balfour after Pagan's hit.

Reds 6, Yankees 5

At New York, Joey Votto hit a three-run homer, Jose Arredondo worked out of a ninth-inning jam for his first major league save and the Cincinnati Reds held off the New York Yankees.

New York scored twice off Sean Marshall in the ninth, but Reds manager Dusty Baker pulled his regular closer in favor of Arredondo and he got the job done.

Blue Jays 2, Mets 0

At Toronto, Brandon Morrow pitched his second shutout in four starts, blanking the Mets on three hits and leading the Toronto Blue Jays over New York.

Pirates 4, Tigers 3

At Detroit, Andrew McCutchen hit a pair of two-run homers and A.J. Burnett pitched six solid innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a win.

A day after Detroit's Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the ninth while shutting out the Pirates, McCutchen went deep twice off Tigers rookie Drew Smyly (1-1). It was McCutchen's sixth career multihomer game and second in three days. He has seven home runs on the season.

Indians 2, Marlins 0

At Cleveland, Jeanmar Gomez pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning and Asdrubal Cabrera homered to lead the Cleveland Indians past the Miami Marlins.

Twins 5, Brewers 4, 11 innings

At Milwaukee, Trevor Plouffe hit a solo home run in the top of the 11th inning to lift the Minnesota Twins over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Plouffe's fourth homer of the season came off Manny Parra (0-1) with two outs. Parra had retired the first two batters before Plouffe connected on a 2-0 pitch that landed in the Brewers' bullpen.

Rays 5, Braves 2

At St. Petersburg, Fla., Alex Cobb won his first start of the season, Matt Joyce hit a grand slam and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Atlanta Braves.

Cobb (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. He retired his last 10 batters.

Royals 7, Diamondbacks 3

At Kansas City, Mo., Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas homered, Bruce Chen won his third straight start and the Kansas City Royals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Orioles 6, Nationals 5

At Washington, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis hit two-run homers and the Baltimore Orioles matched a season high with their fifth straight win.

Red Sox 7, Phillies 5

At Philadelphia, David Ortiz homered, singled and drove in two runs to lead the Boston Red Sox to a win over Philadelphia, snapping the Phillies' six-game winning streak.

Mike Aviles, Will Middlebrooks and Jarrod Saltalamacchia also homered for Boston, which won for the seventh time in nine games. Saltalamacchia went 3 for 4, needing a triple for the cycle.

White Sox 7, Cubs 4

At Chicago, John Danks pitched shutout ball into the seventh for his first win in nearly a month and Dayan Viciedo, A.J. Pierzynski and Adam Dunn homered as the Chicago White Sox beat the Cubs.

Astros 6, Rangers 5

At Houston, Justin Maxwell hit one of Houston's season-high three homers to put his team on top in the fifth inning and the Astros held on to beat the Texas Rangers.

Padres 3, Angels 2

At San Diego, Alexi Amarista scored San Diego's first two runs against his former team and then doubled in the go-ahead run off Dan Haren in the seventh inning to lead the Padres past the Los Angeles Angels.

Dodgers 6, Cardinals 0

At Los Angeles, Clayton Kershaw outdueled Jake Westbrook with a six-hitter for his fourth career shutout, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Justin Sellers triggered a four-run seventh inning with his first home run of the season for the NL West-leading Dodgers.