The last thing Jason Vargas wanted was to be traded, so he was all smiles after the non-waiver trade deadline came and went Tuesday and he was still a Mariner.
The Seattle left-hander went out and celebrated by scoring his fifth win in July, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2. Vargas threw seven innings, allowed five hits and two runs and struck out four. He struggled through the third inning, then retired 10 batters in succession.
Vargas finished July with a 5-0 record and a 1.64 ERA in six starts.
"We've been playing really well, and I think, with most of the pieces still in place, it shows a lot of confidence in what we're trying to do," Vargas said with the Mariners making no trades on the last day non-waiver deals were possible.
He, fellow starter Kevin Millwood and infielder/outfielder Chone Figgins were rumored to be trade possibilities.
"To be a part of (this team) is great for me," Vargas said.
The Mariners have won a season-best six games in succession, the most since May of last year. The club is 13-6 since the All-Star break, the second-best record in the American League in that span. Only the Oakland A's, at 13-4, have been hotter.