Gonzalez allowed a single to Dee Gordon to open the final frame. The Nationals' Twitter account summed up the reaction of the team's fans:
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With Washington holding a 1-0 lead, manager Dusty Baker then replaced Gonzalez with Sean Doolittle, who closed the game. Gonzalez finished with five strikeouts and three walks in his eight innings.
The left-hander is a native of Hialeah, Florida, which is about a 20-minute drive from Marlins Park in Miami. He was also friends with Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident in September. Fernandez would've celebrated his 25th birthday Monday.
The Washington Post's Chelsea Janes thought that all added to the weight of Gonzalez's performance:
Chelsea Janes @chelsea_janes
Tweet from afar: Whatever happens, for Gio to do this, on Fernandez's birthday, in Miami...sometimes you just have to wonder.2017-8-1 01:10:12
Two Nationals pitchers have thrown no-hitters since the franchise moved to the nation's capital.
Jordan Zimmermann no-hit the Marlins in a 1-0 win Sept. 28, 2014, and Max Scherzer threw two no-hitters during the 2015 season.