Since then, his plate appearances have gone: intentional walk, walk, double, two-run home run, double, solo home run, single, walk, walk, single, walk, solo home run.
For the second time in three days, the Miami Marlins' bullpen let a no-hitter fall a few outs short of completion.
"We expanded the strike zone a little to help him", said Mariners manager Scott Servais, "but you have to tip your cap to Chen".
Hernandez was far from his best, giving four hits - all singles - on the first six pitches of the game. Jarrod Dyson's ideal throw to catcher Mike Zunino beat Martin Prado, who was tagged on the play, by four steps.
Chen no-hit the Mariners for seven innings but was pulled before he could finish it. Don Mattingly yanked Chen after he'd thrown 100 pitches through seven innings. "His stuff was up, and his command was off. He tried to battle through it, but just wasn't able to".
Rays 8, Tigers 7: A throwing error by Jose Iglesias allowed two runs to score in the ninth inning as Tampa Bay rallied to beat Detroit.
Along with his fourth home run of the season, Yelich's catch in the first inning will be tough to top all season. The inning could have been worse for Hernandez if not for a key double play on a fly ball to left field. "Over time, I got better and better and smarter". I think the whole entire series, they loved him. "(I) can't say much about it but 'great play'".
Mattingly said he didn't want to risk injury to Chen.
The victory completed a 6-3 homestand that helped erase the sour taste from starting the season with a 1-6 road trip.
"We talked with our guys, and we reminded them: every World Series victor in the past five years had a stretch losing eight or nine out of 10", Servais said. Wednesday's clout was his first of the year and just his fourth since 2014.
Marlins: IF Adeiny Hechavarria (oblique) will likely join the Marlins in San Diego for their weekend series against the Padres.
The Mariners' Mitch Haniger broke up the Marlins' combined no-hitter bid with one out in the bottom of the ninth with a double to right center off closing pitcher Kyle Barraclough.
Haniger extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a third-inning single.