Seattle Mariners' James Jones gets by Detroit Tigers second baseman Danny Worth, left, in the fifth inning. ASSOCIATED PRESS
SEATTLE — Rookie Roenis Elias pitched a three-hitter for the first complete game of his career, leading the Seattle Mariners over the Detroit Tigers 4-0 Sunday.
Elias (4-4) struck out eight and walked one in his 12th major league start, and the first one to last longer than seven innings.
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The 25-year-old left-hander from Cuba kept Detroit off balance with his curve, striking out five with the breaking ball. The Tigers only put one runner in scoring position, and Elias matched a career high with 111 pitches.
Elias threw the first complete game shutout for Seattle since Aaron Harang on June 11, 2013, in a 4-0 win over the Houston Astros.
Max Scherzer (6-2) gave up four runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Endy Chavez hit a leadoff double in the Seattle first and Michael Saunders doubled for a 1-0 lead.
Willie Bloomquist and Chavez each singled in the third, putting runners at the corners with no outs. James Jones flied out, Saunders struck out and Bloomquist was thrown out at home plate on a double steal attempt.
In the fifth, Dustin Ackley led off with a single and swiped second base. Bloomquist hit an RBI double and James singled home a run.
Brad Miller homered off Scherzer in the seventh.
NOTES: Seattle 2B Robinson Cano was out of the lineup for a fourth straight game. He is day to day while dealing with a bone bruise on his left hand. ... Jones was removed from the game for precautionary reasons in the eighth with tightness in his left groin. He was replaced defensively by Cole Gillespie. ... Detroit C Bryan Holaday has thrown out just two of 10 runners who have tried to steal against him. Ackley and Jones both stole bases in the fifth inning for Seattle.