Gonzalez (9-9) gave up two earned runs on four hits and a walk over six innings in Friday's 8-5 victory over the Rockies. He struck out five. After a tough luck no-decision in his last start, Gonzalez insured himself a victory by largely shutting down a potent Rockies offense. The veteran southpaw surrendered only a second-inning sacrifice fly to Daniel Descalso and a fourth-inning RBI double to Nick Hundley, otherwise cruising to his ninth overall victory and third in his last three decisions. The 30-year-old will look to get above .500 when he takes on the Phillies next Wednesday.
Gonzalez allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits and three walks while striking out eight over 5.2 innings, but received no decision Sunday against the Braves. After seeing his ERA balloon to 4.81 on June 30, Gonzalez has now held opponents to three earned runs or fewer in eight of his last nine starts to lower his ERA to 4.30 on the year. Despite the short-term improvement, the 30-year-old has seen his ERA rise in each of the last four seasons. He'll make his next start Friday against the Rockies.
Gonzalez (8-9) pitched five innings, allowing four runs, seven hits and one walk while striking out five Indians in Wednesday's win. Gonzalez picked up his eighth win, but he wasn't near his best Wednesday. He was given a 4-1 lead after two innings, but allowed the Indians to come back and tie the game in the fourth. The southpaw's five innings marked his shortest outing over his last eight games, and the four earned runs Gonzalez allowed were the most he's surrendered since June. With that said, the veteran grinded through the 103-pitch battle, inducing an impressive 16 swinging strikes, to win back-to-back starts for just the second time all year. Gonzalez will go for a season-high three straight victories in his next start Monday at hitter-friendly Coors Field in Colorado.
Gonzalez (7-9) gave up just an earned run on two hits and a walk over seven innings in Friday's 5-1 victory over the Giants. He struck out seven. The veteran southpaw was in early-season form, giving up only a solo homer to Angel Pagan in the fourth and throwing an efficient 104 pitches over his seven innings. After a difficult late May-late June stretch that saw him drop six straight decisions, Gonzalez has rebounded with victories in four out of his last six, and has given up just seven runs (five earned) over the 25.1 innings covering his last four starts. He'll try to extend this recent stretch of success when he takes on the Indians next Wednesday.
Gonzalez allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 6.1 innings in a no-decision Tuesday against Cleveland. After a rough June (6.83 ERA, 15 walks in 27 innings), Gonzalez has righted the ship in July, as he now has three quality starts in four outings this month. Unfortunately, a Jonathan Papelbon blown save kept him out of consideration for the win Tuesday night. He'll try to keep things going next time out Sunday in San Francisco.