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.