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Vargas looks sharp in Mariners loss

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Jason Vargas pitched into the fourth inning in another impressive outing but the Seattle Mariners lost 6-4 to the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.

Vargas, one of four candidates for Seattle's fifth starter spot, allowed two hits, walked one and struck out one in 3 2-3 scoreless innings. The 27-year-old left-hander threw 49 pitches while becoming the first Mariners pitcher to get into the fourth.

Vargas has allowed three hits in 5 2-3 shutout innings this spring.

Aaron Laffey pitched two scoreless innings for Cleveland, and Wes Hodges had a pair of two-run doubles.

Franklin Gutierrez hit a two-out, two-run triple in the fourth for Seattle.