SEATTLE (AP) — Mariners starter Roenis Elias picked a bad night to struggle with his command.
Josh Tomlin was in complete control for Cleveland, throwing a one-hitter and striking out a career-high 11 in the Indians’ 5-0 victory Saturday night
The Indians’ right-hander was in complete control in baffling the Mariners, who only mustered Kyle Seager’s leadoff single in the fifth inning.
“The stars just didn’t line up for us tonight in a lot of different ways. Their guy threw a pretty nice ball game,” Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. “… He threw strikes, worked fast in and out, up and down, changed speeds. He did a nice job.”
Tomlin (5-5) didn’t walk a batter and Seager’s fifth inning single was the only blemish on his evening. It was just the second complete game of Tomlin’s career and the first one-hitter by a Cleveland pitcher since Billy Traber did it against the Yankees on July 8, 2003.
The Mariners also dug an early hole they couldn’t get out of. Elias (7-6) struggled early and gave up a pair of runs in the first inning that left Seattle chasing the rest of the night.
“He didn’t really have command, particularly on the fastball,” McClendon said. “No command of the breaking ball. One of those where it was just a bad night all the way around and they out played us in every facet of the game.”
Asdrubal Cabrera doubled and scored on a single from Michael Brantley.
Brantley advanced to second on the throw home and scored on a double by Carlos Santana to give the Indians a 2-0 lead.
Mike Aviles singled with one out in the fifth and came around to score on Michael Bourn’s double. A balk by Elias moved Bourn to third and Cabrera’s sacrifice fly scored Bourn to give the Indians a 4-0 lead.
Yan Gomes homered off Elias in the sixth inning to extend Cleveland’s lead to 5-0.
“It was just a bad outing,” Elias said through a translator. “They got me early on and late. It happens in baseball. You make good pitches and they still hit them.”
Meanwhile, the Mariners couldn’t solve Tomlin.
Seager singled to lead off the fifth and took second on a wild pitch and advanced to third when the throw from catcher Yan Gomes sailed into center field. He was left stranded as Michael Saunders struck out looking to retire the side.
“He was throwing a lot of different pitches and all of them were in or right near the zone,” Seager said. “He was really good tonight.”
While McClendon tipped his cap to Tomlin’s performance, he was still less-than-thrilled with the quality of their chances against Tomlin Saturday night.
“Our at-bats were not at-bats we want to talk about,” McClendon said. “We want to forget about them. It was one of those nights.”
NOTES: It’s only the third time since 2002 a pitcher has recorded a one-hit shutout with at least 11 strikeouts and zero walks. St. Louis’ Shelby Miller struck out 13 in a 3-0 victory over Colorado on May 10, 2013. San Francisco’s Matt Cain equaled Tomlin with 11 strikeouts in a 5-0 win over Pittsburgh on April 13, 2012. … Tomlin is 4-1 with a 3.41 ERA in five career starts against Seattle and 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA at Safeco Field. … Indians RHP Justin Masterson is on track to start Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers after pushing his scheduled spot in the rotation back two days due to a sore knee. … It was the second time this season that Seattle had been held to just one hit. Garrett Richards, Joe Smith and Ernesto Frieri of the Los Angeles Angels combined to one-hit Seattle on April 9. … LHP TJ House (0-1, 4.88 ERA) will be activated to start Sunday’s series finale with Seattle. He will face Mariners ace RHP Felix Hernandez (9-2, 2.24 ERA). … McClendon said after the game the team is expected to call up RHP Taijuan Walker from Triple-A Tacoma to start Monday against the Houston Astros. … The Mariners are 43-38 at the halfway point of their season. It’s the first time the team has been over .500 through 81 games since 2009 (42-39).