Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Miami's Chen has no-hitter through 6 innings vs. Seattle


Miami Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen has not allowed a hit through six innings against the Seattle Mariners.

There has been plenty of fanfare surrounding this series as the Mariners pulled out the red carpet on Monday to celebrate his passing of the 3,000-hit mark, becoming only the 30th person in Major League Baseball history to do so.

Chen was in total control, throwing 64 of his 100 pitches for strikes and flummoxing the Mariners hitters with his curveball and changeup.

Mitch Haniger's one-out double in the ninth inning saved the Mariners from the indignity of a no-hit loss.

Mariners: James Paxton (2-0) starts Thursday at Oakland.

Ichiro Suzuki received a rousing ovation Monday for his first at-bat in Safeco Field as a member of the 3,000-hit club, per ESPN.com and other wire services.

On Sunday they were four outs away from a combined no-hitter against the New York Mets. The Taiwanese left-hander has two strikeouts.

But here's the two-part kicker: 1) the injury to Drew Smyly really messed with the team's already thin pitching plans at the big-league level; and 2) The M's owe Gallardo $9 million this season whether he pitches or not. Even the fan who caught the home run ball was in Mariners gear, and, according to ESPN's Jim Caple, the fan gave the ball back in exchange for a signed bat.

The Mariners manage no near-misses before Haniger's double.

Indians 11, Twins 4: Jose Ramirez homered and drove in two runs, and Josh Tomlin gave up three runs in six innings to lead Cleveland over Minnesota.

The Mariners added two runs in the fourth.

The Mariners won their fourth straight since a 2-8 start. 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.

The victory completed a 6-3 homestand that helped erase the sour taste from starting the season with a 1-6 road trip. The Miami half recognized Suzuki's 3,000th hit last season with the Marlins. He is batting.348 with two doubles, four homers and 11 RBI over that span.

Darvish (1-2) faced the minimum through five, but came apart in the sixth.

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