Marlins nearly no-hit Mariners in 5-0 victory

The Associated Press

SEATTLE — For the second time in three days, the Miami Marlins’ bullpen let a no-hitter fall a few outs short of completion.

Wei-Yin Chen and two relievers came within two outs of Miami’s first combined no-hitter and the Marlins one-hit the Seattle Mariners in a 5-0 victory Tuesday.

Chen worked seven innings before being lifted with his pitch count at 100. Brad Ziegler got through the eighth inning with the no-hitter intact despite a pair of tricky grounders that nearly became hits.

The Marlins were on the verge of the sixth no-hitter in franchise history when Mitch Haniger lined a one-out double into right-center field off Kyle Barraclough in the ninth.

“I don’t know if I’m pitching with a one-run lead if he’s getting a 2-1 fastball there,” Barraclough said. “But tip my cap. I didn’t think it was that bad of a pitch and he did a good job. He stayed on it and went the other way with it.”

Barraclough recovered to strike out Robinson Cano and get Nelson Cruz to line out to right.

It was the second time in three days the Marlins had a no-hitter going deep into a game. Dan Straily and two relievers combined to no-hit the New York Mets through seven innings Sunday before it was broken up in the eighth with two outs.

Chen (2-0) did the heavy lifting Tuesday, silencing the Mariners by staying around the edge of the strike zone. He was pulled by manager Don Mattingly after reaching the century mark in pitches, and there was little argument about the decision.

“If given the choice any pitcher would like to go out there and keep pitching, but Don talked to me and gave me his reasoning and wanted to keep me healthy for the whole season, so under that situation I try not to think about it too much. It’s his decision to make,” Chen said through a translator.

Chen allowed three total baserunners, two coming in the seventh inning on a walk to Haniger and when Nelson Cruz was hit by a pitch with one out, but he was able to complete the inning without any harm.

“It’s a big deal we aren’t on the news tonight. We would be all over the place,” Cano said.

Seattle starter Yovani Gallardo (0-2) allowed four runs and nine hits, including a two-run homer by Justin Bour in the third inning that gave the Marlins a 4-0 lead.