SEATTLE -- Jason Vargas frustrated his former teammates for most of Sunday's game, but a couple of new Seattle Mariners spoiled the left-hander's homecoming.
Solo home runs by Jason Bay and Michael Morse in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, gave Seattle a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels while handing Vargas (0-3) another loss. The former Mariner pitched a complete game but couldn't outduel Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma and two relievers.
Making his first Safeco Field start as a visiting pitcher, Vargas gave up just six hits and two runs in eight innings but wasn't satisfied.
"We lost," Vargas said. "You can't be satisfied after a loss."
Vargas did his part to keep the Angels in the game, throwing six scoreless innings before two of the newest Mariners got to him. Bay hit the first pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning over the left field fence to tie the score 1-1, then Morse added a solo home run to left with one out in the eighth.
Morse, who had just one hit in his first 10 at-bats of the series before singling in the sixth and homering in the eighth, said he was expecting Vargas to throw a changeup. Instead, he turned on a fastball.
"His changeup had been effective all game," Morse said. "I was sitting on a changeup but ready to react on a fastball."
The victory gave Seattle (11-16) back-to-back wins for the first time since starting the season 2-0, and it also gave the Mariners their first four-game series win over the Angels since 2003.
"It's not about getting the game-winning hit," Morse said. "It's about winning the series; it's the big picture."
Iwakuma was remarkably effective despite having his innings limited by a pre-existing blister on his pitching hand. He gave up three hits and an unearned run while striking out eight in six innings.
The only run against Iwakuma came when Andrew Romine led off the sixth with a single and scored from second base on a slow-rolling ground ball that went under the glove of Mariners shortstop Robert Andino and into shallow left field.
Seattle manager Eric Wedge said he was being preemptive in pulling the 32-year-old right-hander after six innings. Iwakuma has come out of each of his past three starts before the seventh inning despite allowing just two earned runs in that span.
"I think we're headed in the right direction," Wedge said when asked about Iwakuma's blister. "If we gave him an extra inning (in the seventh), we'd probably be right back where we started. With a day off coming (Thursday), we can actually give him a day or two off before his next start, so the days off should help (Iwakuma's recovery).
"He's probably better after this start than he's been."
Vargas and Iwakuma kept the bats at bay for five scoreless innings, combining to allow just five hits along the way.
Iwakuma struck the side in the third inning, giving him five strikeouts in the first three innings. He had a string of 11 consecutive outs before Romine's single to lead off the sixth. Bourjos bunted Romine to second, but Andino misplayed Mike Trout's grounder.
Bay's blast tied the score.
"It was a bad pitch," Vargas said. "I was trying to go away, and I went straight up the middle with nothing on it."
After Seattle setup man Carter Capps (2-1) pitched his second scoreless inning in the top of the eighth, Morse put Seattle in front. Morse, who played with the Washington Nationals last season, finished 2-for-4 Sunday.
A visibly frustrated Vargas ended that inning by throwing out Jesus Montero at first base.
"Who wants to give up a home run in the eighth inning with the other team's closer warming up and ready to take the bump?" Vargas said. "So, yeah, I was frustrated."
Tom Wilhelmsen earned his second consecutive save and his eighth of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth. He is 8-for-8 in save opportunities this season and has retired 18 of 19 batters over his past six saves.
Seattle's Kyle Seager went 0-for-4, ending the longest hitting streak in baseball this season at 16 games.
NOTES: The Angels officially named Tommy Hanson as Monday's starter at Oakland. Hanson is currently on the bereavement list, and Los Angeles would have to make a roster move before activating him. ... Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak got his first day off Sunday, when Kendrys Morales moved to first base and catcher Montero served as designated hitter. ... Wedge said center fielder Michael Saunders could come off the disabled list as soon as Monday. Saunders played center field Sunday for Triple-A Tacoma, going 0-for-3 with two walks.