Roenis Elias (3-4, 4.02) was fantastic all afternoon, shutting down the Tigers and pitching the best game of his young big-league career. Michael Saunders, James, Jones, Willie Bloomquist and Brad Miller each drove in runs to give Elias some support.
It was Elias’ first career shutout. HE allowed only three hits, including none to Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez.
Top 9th: Elias retires the Tigers in order. Mariners 4, Tigers 0.
Bottom 8th: Kyle Seager gets his second hit but that’s all for the Mariners. Mariners 4, Tigers 0.
Top 8th: Elias stays in and gets the Tigers in order again. He’s at 101 pitches so far. Also, James Jones left the game with tightness in his left groin. It was a precautionary move. Mariners 4, Tigers 0.
Bottom 7th: Brad Miller leads off the inning with a home run, his first since April 11, a span of 36 games and more than 110 at-bats. Mariners 4, Tigers 0.
Top 7th: Elias gives up a one-out single but gets three fly balls. He still hasn’t allowed a runner past first base and is at 91 pitches. Mariners 3, Tigers 0.
Bottom 6th: Kyle Seager singles with one out, but Mike Zunino hits into an inning ending double play against Scherzer, who is over 100 pitches and should be done for the day. Mariners 3, Tigers 0.
Top 6th: Roenis gets the Tigers in order for the fourth time tonight. He’s still given up just two hits. Mariners 3, Tigers 0.
Bottom 5th: Dustin Ackley leads off with a single and then steals second. Willie Bloomquist drives him in with a double into the game. Bloomquist is 2 for 2 today. James Jones then singles to drive in Bloomquist from second with two outs. Mariners 3, Tigers 0.
Top 5th: Elias gives up a single, but he also gets two strikeouts and strands the runner at first. He’s given up only two hits through five innings and has struck out five. Mariners 1, Tigers 0.
Bottom 4th: Quick three up, three down for Smoak, Seager and Zunino. Mariners 1, Tigers 0.
Top 4th: Elias gets the heart of the Tigers order — Cabrera, Martinez, Hunter — in order. Mariners 1, Tigers 0.
Bottom 3rd: Willie Bloomquist leads off with a single, and Endy Chavez follows with a single of his own. But James Jones pops out and Michael Saunders strikes out. And then a weird play: Chavez takes off from first on a steal attempt and Bloomquist races home from third. Chavez is safe at second, but Bloomquist is subsequently thrown out at home to end the inning. Mariners 1, Tigers 0.
Top 3rd: Elias gets the Tigers in order and adds his fourth strikeout of the day. Mariners 1, Tigers 0.
Bottom 2nd: Scherzer strikes out the side: Zunino, Ackley and Miller go down swinging. Scherzer with four strikeouts. Mariners 1, Tigers 0.
Top 2nd: Elias gives up a four-pitch walk, follows it up with a three-pitch strikeout and ends up stranding two runners. He has three strikeouts so far. Mariners 1, Tigers 0.
Bottom 1st: Endy Chavez leads off with a double, and Michael Saunders drives him in with a double. Mariners 1, Tigers 0.
Top 1st: Elias works an easy one-two-three inning, including striking out Miguel Cabrera. Mariners 0, Tigers 0.