Gon­za­lez loses no-hit bid in ninth in­ning of Na­tion­als’ win

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS - BY STEVEN WINE

MI­AMI | Wash­ing­ton lefty Gio Gon­za­lez lost his no-hit bid in the ninth in­ning when Dee Gor­don led off with a clean sin­gle, and the Na­tion­als beat the Mi­ami Mar­lins 1-0 Mon­day night.

Gon­za­lez was pulled af­ter Gor­don hit a soft liner the op­po­site way to left-cen­ter field. He threw 106 pitches.

Gon­za­lez (9-5), who grew up in nearby Hialeah, walked three, hit a bat­ter and struck out five. He re­tired 14 in a row dur­ing one stretch.

Sean Doolit­tle re­lieved and got NL home run leader Gian­carlo Stan­ton to ground into a dou­ble play. Af­ter Chris­tian Yelich beat out an in­field sin­gle, Mar­cell Ozuna popped out, giv­ing Doolit­tle his fourth save since be­ing ac­quired from Oakland and sev­enth this sea­son.

The game was the Na­tion­als’ first at Mar­lins Park since ace Max Scherzer took a no-hit­ter into the eighth but lost on June 21. There has been only one no­hit­ter in the ma­jors this year – Mi­ami’s Edin­son Volquez threw it at this ball­park last month against Ari­zona.

Jose Urena (9-5) matched ze­roes with Gon­za­lez un­til the sixth, when Bryce Harper’s RBI sin­gle put the Na­tion­als ahead. Urena al­lowed just three hits in eight in­nings.

The clos­est Mi­ami came to a hit be­fore the ninth came when short­stop Wilmer Difo made a div­ing back­handed grab of Miguel Ro­jas’ soft line drive in the sixth.

Gon­za­lez made the Mar­lins look bad at times. To end the sixth he struck out Gor­don, who badly missed a break­ing pitch while throw­ing his bat at the ball. Gon­za­lez picked up the bat and handed it back to Gor­don as he walked to the dugout.

Doolit­tle is part of a bullpen fur­ther for­ti­fied when the Na­tion­als ac­quired Min­nesota Twins All-Star right-han­der Bran­don Kint­zler ear­lier in the day.

The game matched the top teams in the NL East – but the Na­tion­als be­gan the week with a 13-game lead.

The Mar­lins made no deals at the trade dead­line, to the re­lief of some play­ers – but per­haps not all.

“I guess it de­pends on whether you want to go some­where else or you want to be here,” man­ager Don Mat­tingly said.

Na­tion­als out­fielder Michael A. Taylor (oblique) be­gan a re­hab as­sign­ment with Sin­gle-A Po­tomac on Mon­day.

Scherzer (12-5, 2.23) is sched­uled to start Tues­day against Mar­lins lefty Chris O’Grady (2-1, 3.68).

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Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als pitcher Gio Gon­za­lez is re­lieved by man­ager Dusty Baker in the ninth in­ning af­ter los­ing a no-hit bid on a sin­gle to Mi­ami Mar­lins sec­ond base­man Dee Gor­don. The Na­tion­als won, 1-0. Gon­za­lez threw 106 pitches and struck out five.

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