FIRST INNING — Elias sets the Padres down in order, getting Cabrera looking at strike three and Quentin to ground out to third (with Montero fielding cleanly the first throw of his career at first). … Jones reached on a swinging bunt; Romero and Cano each hit into a fielder’s choice; Buck walked on a 3-2 pitch; and Seager grounded out 3-1 on the first pitch he saw.
SECOND INNING — Former M’s catcher Rivera, sporting a .222 average entering today, hit mammoth home run to the upper deck in left off Elias with two outs. That’s Rivera’s fifth homer of the season. … Go figure: Montero, in his first at-bat during his first start at first, hit a two-run home run to left. Gillespie had reached base after Medica, the Padres’ first baseman, dropped a routine throw. The M’s couldn’t add on despite having Miller (single) and Jones (single) at first and second with one out. Romero struck out and Can grounded out weakly to the pitcher. Mariners 2, Padres 1.
THIRD INNING — Both sides go down in order in the third. Mariners 2, Padres 1.
FOURTH INNING — Elias labored through that inning — giving up a line-drive single to Cabrera and hitting Quentin in the right knee — but escaped unharmed. He seems to be getting a feel for his curve finally. … Gillespie struck out looking, Montero grounded out to short and Miller popped out to third. Mariners 2, Padres 1.
FIFTH INNING — Elias is lovin’ the curveball now. He threw three in a row to Venable, enducing a groundout during a 1-2-3 inning. … Jones had a solid single the other way (he’s 3-for-3) and stole second despite Stults’ pickoff move to first. After Romero flew out to left, Cano belted a no-doubt blast to right, his fourth homer of the year, scoring Jones from third. Mariners 4, Padres 1.
SIXTH INNING — That beautiful Elias curveball is getting sharper and shaper. He struck out Cabrera with it for the second out, then got Quentin with a nice changeup to end the inning. Elias did a celebratory spin as he came off the mound and headed toward the dugout. He’s at 76 pitches through six…. Tim Stauffer comes out of the bullpen for the Padres. Stults went 5 innings, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits, with 5 strikeouts and 1 walk on 102 pitches. Mariners go down in order. Mariners 4, Padres 1.
SEVENTH INNING — Logan Morrison replaced Montero at first. After allowing a bloop single, Elias got Medica to ground into a 4-6 double play, then struck out Rivera — whose bat went flying some 100 feet past the the Padres’ dugout and into the camera well. … Romero doubled off Stauffer to spark a two-out rally. Cano was intentionally walked and Buck drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch to load ’em up for Seager, who blooped a double to left to drive in Romero and Cano. That pushed the M’s lead to 6-1. Zunino was then hit by a pitch in the arm, loading the bases again for Gillespie, who grounded into a fielder’s choice. Mariners 6, Padres 1.
EIGHTH INNING — Elias is done after a sensational start. His line: 7 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 6 strikeouts, 1 hit batter and 1 home run allowed on 87 pitches. Dominic Leone allowed just a two-out single in the eighth. It remains 6-1, Mariners. … The M’s went down in order in the bottom half. Mariners 6, Padres 1.
NINTH INNING — Danny Farquhar set down the Padres in order to finish it off. FINAL: Mariners 6, Padres 1. The Mariners are now 37-34, having won three in a row.