Gonzalez’s homecoming foiled by Buehrle, Marlins

Nats’ lefty fans nine, but comes up short in 2-1 loss

“Speed kills,” Gonzalez said. “That’s exactly what they were doing.”

Offense for the Nationals didn’t show up like Gonzalez’s hundreds-strong fan club. Michael Morse, who bombed home runs off the retractable windows in left field during batting practice, struck out three times. Danny Espinosa was caught looking on a 2-2 pitch with a man on second. The quick work of Buehrle didn’t seem to leave batters time to breathe. And Flores, with another man on second and the Nationals down to their final strike in the ninth, mustered only a weak swing and miss.

“It was a shame,” Johnson said, regret on his voice after an opportunity lost after Gonzalez’s return to Miami. “He had great stuff.”

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