ANAHEIM -- Royals left-hander Jason Vargas maybe wasn't at the top of his game, but he was plenty good when it counted as he navigated through six innings and helped steer the Royals to a 7-3 win over the Angels on Sunday.
Vargas gave up eight hits and three runs, and for his efforts he became Major League Baseball's first 10-game winner to go along with his sterling 2.27 ERA.
Vargas, though, didn't seem overly impressed with his win total.
"I'll take it. That's for sure," Vargas said. "But I don't know if I'm going to look much into it beyond that. It's just nice to have more wins than losses."
Vargas' day started with some concern. Cameron Maybin opened the Angels' first with a line-shot single to left. Kole Calhoun then roped a line drive that just missed being a home run, instead bouncing off the very top of the right-field wall and back into play for an RBI double.
Later in the inning, Andrelton Simmons ripped an RBI single to left and Vargas and the Royals were in a 2-0 hole.
Vargas said he didn't make any particular adjustments after the first inning.
"The ones that they hit were right over the middle," Vargas said. "The one to Calhoun, I was lucky it didn't leave the park. And the one to Simmons was right over the plate. Just didn't make any quality pitches at that point."
From there, Vargas grinded through without any major trouble until the sixth inning when the Angels loaded the bases with none out with the Royals leading, 7-2.