Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez throws against the Tampa Bay Rays in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in Seattle.
While Chen shut down the Mariners, the Marlins struck quickly against Yovani Gallardo, scoring four runs over the first three innings.
On Wei-Yin Chen's no-hit possibility: "Tonight's was different than the other day, I thought we felt like we were close and had a good shot tonight, once we got through the eighth there and they hit a couple of those dribblers and we were able to get outs". Dan Straily and two relievers combined to no-hit the New York Mets through seven innings Sunday before Neil Walker broke it up in the eighth with a single off Ziegler with two outs.
That was it, though. The right-hander recovered to strike out Robinson Cano and get Nelson Cruz to line out to end it. "He's been a great player". He extended his hitting streak to 12 games, during which he's hitting.348 with four home runs and 11 RBI.More news: NorCal counties get F grade for air quality
But the story wasn't the hits the Mariners gave up. The last one was a ideal game by Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox almost four year ago - a 4-0 loss on April 21, 2012, also at Safeco Field. The Marlins pitching staff got rocked Monday in a 6-1 loss, and Miami has now allowed four or more runs in six of its last eight games. He allowed two runs and five hits in the first inning and surrendered long solo home runs later in the game to Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich. He weaved through the Mariners order through seven innings, allowing no hits. Haniger singled before Cano and Cruz earned free passes.
Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager, who congratulated Ichiro as he rounded the bases, said: "You don't want to see your opponent hit a home run, but at that moment, that was pretty special".
"We really ground out at-bats today, my hat is off to the guys", Mariners manager Scott Servais said. It looked to be a big inning for Miami, with three men reaching safely and a run in before Gallardo recorded an out. He stole second, got to third on an error and scored on Jarrod Dyson's bloop double into left field.
The Marlins manufactured a run in the second as Derek Dietrich and A.J. Ellis led off the inning with back-to-back singles.