SEATTLE (AP) — With two starters scratched from the lineup just before the game, an early three-run deficit proved insurmountable for a Mariners team that has been struggling offensively.
Ryan Vogelsong and three relievers combined on a five-hitter to give San Francisco its major league-leading 11th shutout, a 7-0 victory over Seattle on Thursday night.
Seattle, which was held to two runs or less for the 26th time in 67 games, was without third baseman Kyle Seager, whose streak of 192 consecutive games played was halted by food poisoning, and second baseman Robinson Cano, who had a stiff lower back.
Vogelsong (5-5) allowed three singles over 6 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking two against the revamped Mariners lineup that had four of its final five hitters below .200.
“He established his fastball and honestly, once again kind of mixed everything,” said Mariners shortstop Brad Miller, whose botched relay…
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