Rookie Roenis Elias is making a statement, solidifying his spot in the Seattle Mariner rotation. Elias struck out six while pitching into the seventh to win his second straight game.  The rookie from Cuba, who has not pitched above double-A before this year is now 3-2 on the year. The Mariners won their fourth straight game, beating the Oakland A's 8-3.

First Basemen Justin Smoak led the offense, driving in three runs, including an RBI double, as the Mariners won their ninth game in eleven tries.

Elias, followed up a 10-strikeout gem at Yankee Stadium his last time out with another impressive start.

The Mariners jumped on Jesse Chavez (2-1) to take a quick first-inning lead for the second straight game against the A's — and Seattle scored all three of its first-inning runs with two outs on the way to its ninth win in 11 games overall.

The Mariners and A's play a double header today to make up for a postponed game last month. Felix Hernandez and Erasmo Ramirez will pitch for the Mariners.