Of course, it's only his third start of the season and he only threw 56 pitches his last time out (after an 86-pitch debut), so it's possible Mattingly doesn't think Chen is stretched out enough to have stretched things to the 125-pitch range - and that would be with two very efficient innings from Chen.
Perhaps the Mariners best chance at a base hit came in the eighth, when pinch-hitter Leonys Martin tapped one down the first base line against sidearmer Brad Ziegler.
"I'm still going up there with the same intent to swing at good pitches and hit the ball hard". "(I) can't say much about it but 'great play'".
Mariners starter Yovani Gallardo ended up going six innings and allowed four runs on nine hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Rookie RF Mitch Haniger's one-out double in the ninth inning ended the no-hit bid by Wei-Yin Chen and two relievers as the Miami Marlins smothered the Mariners' four-game winning streak with a 5-0 win Tuesday night at Safeco Field (box).
Giants 2, Royals 1, 11 innings: Joe Panik hit an RBI single with two outs in the 11th inning, and San Francisco beat Kansas City to begin their two-game interleague set.
Marlins third baseman Derek Dietrich scored in the second on a wild pitch in the dirt that eluded Mariners catcher Carlos Ruiz to make it 2-0. Chen was pulled from a possible no-hitter at just 100 pitches. "We had a couple of jam swings, but you've got to give credit to him. He was mixing his pitches tonight".
In what might well be his final appearance in Seattle, Suzuki did not let the crowd down, hitting the first pitch from Mariners reliever Evan Marshall for a home run to right field. "At that point the best thing for us was to get a guy in there".
PLAY OF THE GAME: Left fielder Guillermo Heredia saved three runs by pulling back a homer with a leaping two-out catch (video link) at the left-field wall on Marcell Ozuna's drive in the first inning. Gallardo closed his evening with three scoreless innings, but the Mariners had no answers for Chen. The double extended Haniger's hitting streak to 12 games.
MINUS: The near no-hitter made a lot of ugly averages a little worse. More and more, it looked like the Mariners were about to be no-hit for the first time since Philip Humber's flawless game in 2012. It was the 17th one-hitter in Marlins history.
QUOTABLE: Cano on the difference between a one-hit loss and a no-hit loss: "It's a big difference". Nobody knows tonight (because it's a one-hitter).