MIAMI (AP) — Roenis Elias' command was shaky, and so was his defense.
The Seattle Mariners rookie walked five, gave up two unearned runs and allowed a broken-bat RBI single by the opposing pitcher, which all added up to a frustrating night in a 7-0 loss to the Miami Marlins.
"He was one out — the pitcher — from having a fantastic outing," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "It's a shame it ended up like it did."
Elias gave up a two-out run-scoring single by pitcher Henderson Alvarez to make the score 3-0. The hit left Alvarez shaking his right hand in pain.
"He jammed me hard," Alvarez said. "I thought I broke all five fingers when I got to first base."
Elias wasn't blaming bad luck for the hit, however.
"Pitchers should never get a hit," he said. "They're not a professional hitter."
Two batters later, Marcell Ozuna hit a three-run homer to end the night for Elias (1-2), who allowed six runs in 5 2-3 innings. Miami's first two runs were unearned due to an error by center fielder Abraham Almonte and a passed ball by Mike Zunino.
The Mariners mustered only two hits against Alvarez (1-2), who won for the first time since his no-hitter to end the 2013 season. The Venezuelan faced just 28 batters, one over the minimum.
"When you run into a guy that's got three or four pitches working and he's a power pitcher, it's going to be tough," McClendon said. "You're probably going to have a long night. That's the way it was."
The Mariners lost their fifth game in a row and were shut out for the fourth time.
"This is a tough stretch for us," McClendon said. "Everybody in baseball goes through tough stretches, and we just happen to have ours now. We've got to grind it out and keep our heads up and keep going."
Alvarez retired the first 15 batters en route to the third complete game and third shutout of his career. He struck out four, walked none and threw 90 pitches.
"Talk about efficiency," manager Mike Redmond said. "In the first inning you could sense the intensity, and the way he was executing his pitches, you could tell he was on a mission."