"To see some light at the end of the tunnel with the way things have turned around at the end have been great," Vargas said. "I would have liked to have pitched way better after the All-Star break and helped us out more than I did."
Vargas wins 18th as Royals top Tigers 2-1; KC eliminated →
"That's why he's got a gold patch on the back of his glove," Vargas said of Escobar, a Gold Glove winner in 2015.
Vargas and 4 relievers toss 2-hitter, Royals beat Jays 1-0 →