Roenis Elias Gets First Major League Win Over Texas Rangers


Apr 14, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino (3) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the sixth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

After making his first two big league starts, Roenis Elias was sitting at 0-1 despite two solid efforts. The Mariners offense, having been stymied for several games, were looking for a statement game. The bats woke up and Elias turned in his best start of the year so far, earning his first major league victory as the Mariners beat the Rangers 7-1.

Elias pitched 6 2/3 allowing only one earned run on five hits and two walks while striking out five, lowering his ERA to 2.16 on the young season.

Offensively, driven to get the kid his first win, the Mariners got on the board in the 5th with a solo homer off the bat of Mike Zunino. In the 6th, the flood gates opened.

Six Mariners came in to score in the 6th as the Mariners batted the lineup and then some. In a payback of sorts from the baseball Gods, one of the runs scored was Dustin Ackley, who was ruled out at the plate on a force out. But catcher J.P. Arencibia bobbled the ball in the transition to try to turn a double play and Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon came out to argue.

After review, the play was overturned and Ackley was safe. Ackley has been the victim of this new “controlled catch” rule twice so far this season and gets a little retribution on this one. Rangers skipper Ron Washington was tossed from the game after coming out to argue the overturning of the call.

There were several positive notes. Kyle Seager had two hits, as did Michael Saunders who filled in for Logan Morrison who was scratched from the lineup prior to the start of the game with a tight hamstring. And of course, there was this bomb halfway up the hill in center off the bat of Zunino.

The Mariners continue the four-game series tomorrow. First pitch set for 5:05 pm PDT.




Abraham AlmonteCF501000100.216
Brad MillerSS501000100.222
Robinson Canó2B411100001.326
Corey HartDH400001203.167
Stefen RomeroPR-DH000000000.133
Logan MorrisonRF000000000.150
Michael SaundersRF512100101.227
Kyle Seager3B412100101.162
Justin Smoak1B412000001.244
Dustin AckleyLF411100003.302
Mike ZuninoC422210100.282


2B – J Smoak (4, H Noesi)

3B – M Saunders (1, C Lewis)

HR – M Zunino (3, 5th inning off C Lewis 0 on, 1 Out)

SF – R Cano

RBI – R Cano (5), M Saunders (2), K Seager (2), D Ackley (7), M Zunino 2 (8)

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – C Hart 1, D Ackley 2

Team LOB – 8


CS – M Saunders (1, 2nd base by C Lewis/J Arencibia)


DP – 4 (K Seager-R Cano-J Smoak, R Cano-B Miller-J Smoak, B Miller-R Cano-J Smoak, K Seager-R Cano-J Smoak)


Shin-Soo ChooLF200002001.289
Elvis AndrusSS401000101.294
Álex RíosRF401000101.280
Prince Fielder1B412000101.176
Kevin Kouzmanoff3B401100002.375
Michael ChoiceDH201001101.211
Jim AdduciPH-DH100000102.375
J.P. ArencibiaC200000002.083
Mitch MorelandPH100000001.229
Robinson ChirinosC100000002.150
Leonys MartínCF200001101.268
Josh Wilson2B301000001.333


2B – P Fielder (3, R Elias)

RBI – K Kouzmanoff (2)

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – P Fielder 1, R Chirinos 1

GIDP – S Choo, A Rios, J Arencibia, J Wilson

Team LOB – 6


E – A Rios (1, field); K Kouzmanoff (1, field); J Arencibia (2, field)



Roenis Elías(W, 1-1)6.25112501.022.16
Yoervis Medina1.10002001.231.23
Danny Farquhar1.02000101.061.59


Colby Lewis(L, 0-1)5.18430411.505.06
Pedro Figueroa0.13310002.068.44
Héctor Noesí2.11000200.908.10
Shawn Tolleson1.00001101.241.59

HBP – K Seager (by C Lewis)

Pitches-strikes – R Elias 104-70; Y Medina 22-10; D Farquhar 23-17; C Lewis 89-56; P Figueroa 17-11; H Noesi 35-22; S Tolleson 20-10

Ground balls-fly balls – R Elias 10-4; Y Medina 1-2; D Farquhar 1-2; C Lewis 8-6; P Figueroa 4-1; H Noesi 5-1; S Tolleson 2-0

Batters faced – R Elias 24; Y Medina 5; D Farquhar 5; C Lewis 24; P Figueroa 6; H Noesi 8; S Tolleson 4

Game Details

Game Time: 3:01.

Umpires: HP–Paul Schrieber. 1B–Mark Carlson. 2B–Ted Barrett. 3B–Will Little.

Weather: 52 degrees, Partly Cloudy.

Wind: 15 mph, Out to Center.

Attendance: 23,081.