Marlins' Chen, Ziegler no-hitting Mariners through 8 innings


Otherwise, Chen has kept Seattle hitters guessing.

Miami Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen has not allowed a hit through six innings against the Seattle Mariners. Chen's brilliance nonetheless induced groundballs and weak fly balls over seven innings, allowing no hits, striking out two, and walking two. Brad Ziegler got through the eighth inning with the no-hitter intact, but Kyle Barraclough saw Mitch Haniger line a double to right-field to spoil the ideal night.

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Chen started the seventh inning with another walk - to Haniger, who worked back from a 0-2 hole. He struck out three, walked two and hit a batter as 16,126 watched the tension build. Chen had pitched only nine innings this season, so Mattingly chose the conservative route and brought in veteran Brad Ziegler for the eighth.

Hernandez (2-1) was far from his best, allowing five hits in the first inning, four before recording an out. The Marlins finally got on the board in the ninth inning thanks to an opposite field home run from Christian Yelich.

The Mariners added two runs in the fourth. Kyle Seager also drove in four runs and was on base four times as the Mariners went 6-3 on their only homestand of April. With runners at first and second, Adrian Gonzalez grounded out to end it.

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Haniger extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a third-inning single. Haniger walked on a 3-2 pitch to open the inning and Nelson Cruz was hit by a pitch with one out.

Gallardo's problems started immediately when Dee Gordon whacked the game's first pitch into the right-center gap for a double. The Japanese right-hander found his form while working into the seventh inning after struggling in his previous two starts.

Atlanta scored a run against closer Blake Treinen and had the bases loaded with one out.

Suzuki won two batting titles in his 11 1/2 seasons with the Mariners and set the season record with 262 hits in a 2004. In his most recent start, those seven hits led to seven runs, which was a big reason why he started the game with a 7.00 ERA.

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