The bad news? Two items: Franklin Gutierrez, the center fielder batting .426 through 14 games, left tonight with a tight groin and will be re-evaluated before the game Tuesday.
And the Mariners aren't drawing - the crowd of 14,528 was the smallest in Safeco Field history.
Funniest moment in the cluhouse after the game came from Chone Figgins, who admitted when Fister gave up his first hit in the seventh inning, he wasn't aware the pitcher had a no-no going.
"Everyone started cheering, and I looked up at the scoreboard 'cause I thought maybe somebody had a no-hitter going somewhere," Figgins said. "I remembered a couple of base runners, I just hadn't remember they weren't hits.
"Which was a good thing, 'cause I was still talking to (Fister)."
Fister, 26, said it was the deepest he'd ever gone with a no-hitter, but that he'd tried to work off his last start from the first inning on. That last start was eight shutout innings vs. Oakland.
"That game was huge for me, for my confidence, and I tried to carry it over tonight," Fister said. "The no-hitter was in the back of my mind, but I really tried to focus pitch-to-pitch.
Manager Don Wakamatsu lavished praise on Fister and his defense, pointing out marvelous outfield catches by Ichiro Suzuki and Milton Bradley, strong infield play from Figgins and Jose Lopez and 'the nightly highlight reel that Jack Wilson puts on at shortstop.'
As for Fister?
"Just tremendous, for the second start in a row," Wakamatsu said. "He has such composure, and after the first inning he just dealt. He's so tall, he throws over the top and that gives him a tremendous downward angle."
In the end, the Mariners gained half a game in the standings and are now matched with the Angels, two behind the Athletics in the American League West.