Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez holds Rays scoreless for five innings

The Baltimore Sun

Orioles manager Buck Showalter’s decision to pitch right-hander Miguel Gonzalez in today’s series finale against Tampa Bay appears to have paid off.

Gonzalez held the Rays scoreless for five innings this afternoon, yielding just three hits while recording six strikeouts and walking three batters.

After the scoreless outing today, Gonzalez has allowed three earned runs over 11 innings in his past two starts.

Gonzalez was scheduled to start Tuesday’s game against the Rays, but after it was rained out, Showalter pushed Gonzalez to today.

That gave Gonzalez six days of rest, and he has done well in his career with extra rest. He has a 3.16 ERA over 13 career starts with six days of rest or more.

Wednesday’s game marked the first time Gonzalez has held an opponent to no earned runs since his final outing of the 2013 season, when he gave up one unearned run in seven innings against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sept. 26.

Gonzalez’s six strikeouts were the most he has recorded since back-to-back six-strikeout games on Sept. 5 and Sept. 10 last season. 

Gonzalez allowed at least one base runner in each of the five innings he pitched, but he held Tampa Bay in check.

The Rays’ greatest threat came in the fourth inning, when they had runners on first and second with one out following a walk to James Loney and Desmond Jennings’ infield single.

But right fielder Nick Markakis made a spectacular diving play coming in on David DeJesus’ liner and then threw out James Loney before he was able to return to second base.

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