Mariners' offense no match for Shane Bieber in 5-2 loss to Guardians

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“This team is still trying to figure itself out. We know that,” Servais said, adding: “We have a good defensive club, but you’ve got to play clean — unless your offense is really clicking and can overcome it. Our offense is not really clicking yet. So every out is so important.”

Castillo surrendered four runs (all earned) on 10 hits, with one walk and seven strikeouts. He has lost both of his starts to open the season, and he holds a 6.75 ERA in 10.2 innings.

“I feel good,” Castillo said, via interpreter Freddy Llanos. “You’ve just got to keep working and working. The good stuff is about to come. The only thing I can do is keep my positive mentality and not get frustrated at all.”

The Mariners didn’t score until Bieber was out of the game.

Rojas hit a broken-bat double just fair the other way down the third-base line in the seventh inning, driving in Cal Raleigh from second base.


J.P. Crawford grounded out to drive in Ty France from third base to cut the Mariners’ lead to 5-2, but Scott Barlow got Julio Rodriguez to fly out to left field to end the inning, stranding Rojas and ending the Mariners’ best rally.

The Mariners’ lineup struck out 12 times and walked just twice.

“There was some good at-bats,” Servais said, “but at the end of the night, you know, the strikeouts, they will get you. That is an area that we’ve got to get better at. … I see some signs of it coming together. But just not consistently yet.”

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