SEATTLE -- One hit didn't change the outcome, but according to Robinson Cano, rookie Mitch Haniger at least kept the Mariners out of the spotlight.After being held hitless by Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen through seven innings, then by Brad Ziegler in a 1-2-3 eighth, Haniger broke up a no-hit bid
SEATTLE -- One hit didn't change the outcome, but according to Robinson Cano, rookie Mitch Haniger at least kept the Mariners out of the spotlight.
After being held hitless by Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen through seven innings, then by Brad Ziegler in a 1-2-3 eighth, Haniger broke up a no-hit bid with a one-out double in the ninth inning off Kyle Barraclough in Tuesday's 5-0 loss to the Marlins.
"It's a big difference, we're not news tonight," Cano said. "It would be all over the place. It's good, at least get the hit."
Haniger didn't get past second base, as the Marlins completed a combined one-hitter to snap the Mariners' four-game winning streak.
"It's still not a good feeling getting shut out, but at least we didn't get no-hit," said Haniger, who also extended his hitting streak to 12 games. "Every at-bat, in my mind, it doesn't matter how many hits we have, whether we're winning by eight or getting shut out or getting no-hit, I'm still going up there with the same intent of just trying to swing at pitches and hit the ball hard."
The Mariners, who had pounded out 14 runs in their last two games, couldn't solve Chen.
"Chen threw a really good ballgame, obviously. He kept us off balance. We expanded the strike zone a little bit against him. He had a good changeup, and he worked really well," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "I tip my cap. He threw a really good ballgame. We didn't make great adjustments, really any adjustments, against him, which was surprising. I thought we were swinging the bats a little bit better, but Chen had our number tonight."
After walking Cano and hitting Nelson Cruz in the seventh, Chen understood Marlins manager Don Mattingly's decision to take him out after 100 pitches and seven innings.
"Don talked to me at the end of the seventh inning. If given the choice, of course, any pitcher would like to go out there and keep pitching, but Don also, he talked to me and gave me his reasoning -- that he wanted to keep me healthy for the whole season," Chen said through an interpreter. "So under that situation, I tried not to think about it too much. It's his decision to make, so I didn't really think about it."
During Seattle's recent four-game win streak, which followed a 2-8 start, Servais talked about the Mariners' improved approach at the plate, but they weren't as disciplined against Chen.
"The big thing is, we know Chen and how he pitches, and you look at video and you have reports -- we just didn't make quick adjustments tonight on what he was doing to us," Servais said. "Like I said earlier, we did expand the strike zone a little bit to help him out. His changeup was very good, and he kept us off balance."
Servais was pleased with Haniger's at-bat, but said the lone hit made little difference to him.
"A loss is a loss," Servais said. "Haniger gave us a great at-bat at the end. I appreciate him battling and grinding and fighting. He put a good swing on it. But, we've got a chance to win the series tomorrow, and that's what our focus will be."
Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Seattle.