SEATTLE (AP) — The San Diego Padres were unable to figure out young left-hander Roenis Elias. That and another dismal day at the plate led to a 6-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday.
It's the eighth loss in nine games for the Padres, who were held to one run or less for the 23rd time this season and eighth time in June.
"He has a good, live, young arm," San Diego manager Bud Black said of Elias. "He threw some secondary pitches as the game went on when he was behind the count, which I think helped him."
Elias (6-5) — winner of three of his last four — stymied the Padres for seven innings, allowing three hits while striking out six and walking none. San Diego sent the minimum three batters to the plate in five innings.
Dominic Leone and Danny Farquhar each pitched an inning in relief to close out the game for the Mariners.
Rene Rivera provided the only San Diego run with a homer to left in the second inning to give the Padres a short-lived 1-0 lead.
Jesus Montero quickly put the Mariners on top in the bottom of the frame with a two-run home run. It was Montero's first home run in the big leagues since May 8, 2013, and the former top catching prospect was making his first career start at first base.
Montero was suspended 50 games for his connection to the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug investigation last year and began the season at Triple-A Tacoma before being recalled on June 12.
"I really appreciate the opportunity that the Mariners are giving me again," Montero said. "It's really hard for me, what I was going through last year — very tough year. Little by little, was in Triple-A working hard to be here and they gave me an opportunity again, and I feel really happy that they were paying attention to me."
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