Sometimes the best solutions are also the simplest.

After a midseason rough patch in which Seattle Mariners rookie Roenis Elias allowed at least five earned runs in three consecutive starts, the left-hander has produced four straight stellar starts following the All-Star break.

The solution: quality family time.

Elias took a no-hitter into the fifth inning to lead the Mariners to a 13-3 series-opening win against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.