Seattle rookie right-hander Bryce Miller shut down the Detroit Tigers for seven innings in a 5-0 victory Saturday that pushed the Mariners above .500 for the first time since they won on opening day.
Miller (2-0) allowed just three hits, two in the first inning, and struck out three while walking none. In three starts, Miller has given up just one run on seven hits while walking one and striking out 18 in 19 innings.
Miller is the second Seattle pitcher with a sub-1.00 ERA (0.47) through his first three career starts. Félix Hernández (0.86) in 2005 is the other.
Jarred Kelenic hit a two-run home run in the third and Teoscar Hernández hit a solo homer in the fourth. They are tied for the team lead with eight.
Kelenic’s home run came on the two-year anniversary of his major league debut.
Alex Faedo (0-1), making his second start of the season and first career appearance against the Mariners, allowed three runs on four hits while walking one and striking out seven. The seven strikeouts tied a career high.
The Mariners added two more runs in the ninth on Hernández’s RBI single, which scored Julio Rodríguez, and Chasen Shreve’s wild pitch, which scored Eugenio Suárez.
Seattle’s Ty France hit a single in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. He and Texas Rangers first baseman Nathaniel Lowe are the only players with multiple hitting streaks of 10-plus games this season.
During Suárez’s first at-bat, Faedo’s pitch hit the ground, bounced off of catcher Eric Hasse’s glove and into Suárez’s arm. Unfazed, Suárez kicked the ball with his right foot a few times before grabbing it with his right hand and tossing it to the dugout.
Tigers RHP Matt Manning, who fractured his right foot on April 12, is following a throwing progression and is expected to start throwing off a mound in a couple of weeks. Mariners LHP Robbie Ray underwent Tommy John surgery and left flexor tendon repair 10 days ago and has just started the rehabilitation process.
The teams complete the three-game series Sunday, when Mariners RHP Logan Gilbert (1-2, 3.79 ERA) opposes Tigers LHP Joey Wentz (1-3, 6.09).
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