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, who took a two-hitter into the seventh to help hand Colorado its 12th loss in 15 games.
Vargas (5-3) kept the Rockies off-balance with an array of offspeed pitches set up by pinpoint control of his fastball.
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.
Marco Scutaro, who broke of Millwood's no-hitter in the sixth inning Friday night, dropped a single just out of Wells' reach in left field with two outs in the third for Colorado's first hit off Vargas, who extended Seattle's string of shutout innings against the Rockies to 15 before Jordan Pacheco's RBI single in the seventh.
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.
He left trailing 5-0 with the bases full and nobody out in the sixth. Esmil Rogers came in and promptly surrendered a two-run double to Dustin Ackley and a two-run single to Casper Wells.
Friedrich walked two batters in the second inning — matching his total from his first two starts — one of them just before Seager sent a 91 mph fastball into the right-field bullpen that put the Mariners ahead 2-0.
The Mariners pushed across two more runs in the third when Wells walked, Ichiro Suzuki reached on an infield single, Jesus Montero sent a hard groundball up the middle for an RBI single and Seager hit a groundball to right field for another run-scoring single, all with two outs.
Vargas helped himself out in the fourth when his single scored Brendan Ryan, who had tripled, making it 5-0.
Friedrich's ERA jumped from 1.38 to 5.00.
The Rockies' offense finally showed some spark in the sixth, when Wilin Rosario followed Pacheco's RBI single with a two-run homer, his sixth, making it 9-3.
With a steady rain falling in the eighth, Suzuki scored from third on Rosario's passed ball.
Shawn Kelly pitched a perfect eighth for Seattle and Steve Delabar finished up.
Notes: Game time temperature was 48 degrees with 72 percent humidity, unusually cool for Colorado in mid-May. ... Mariners C Miguel Olivo (strained right groin) will catch five innings for Triple-A Tacoma at Iowa on Monday and serve as Tacoma's DH on Tuesday. Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Olivo will need to catch at least once more and just when depends on what happens Monday and Tuesday. ... Rockies LHP Drew Pomeranz is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two starts since being shipped to Triple-A Colorado Springs to work on refining his delivery to increase his velocity. But he needed 91 pitches to get through 5 2-3 innings Friday night against New Orleans. ... The series wraps up Sunday with Colorado RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-1) facing RHP Blake Beavan (1-4).