Gonzalez (1-1) recorded his first victory since June 28, 1998, when he was with the
. The 28-year-old righthander allowed one run and two hits. He struck out five and walked a career-high five batters.
"It feels great to get this victory," Gonzalez said. "It's been five years. I feel great, it's impossible to feel any better. I didn't know if this day would ever come, I'm proud of myself, I'm going to keep working hard."
Baldelli snapped an 0-for-13 skid with his big day, including his third homer of the season - a solo shot off Angels starter
(4-5) that gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead. The three-game hitless stretch for Baldelli was the longest of his initial season.
"I'm normal, so I was concerned after three games with no hits," Baldelli said. "But I didn't want to change anything, I didn't try to re-invent my swing, just wanted to do the same thing I've been doing."
took the lead for good by snapping a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning.
stroked a leadoff double before Washburn retired the next two hitters. But
came through with a clutch RBI single to left field for a 2-1 lead.
Tampa Bay's bullpen combined on three scoreless innings, allowing only a pair of singles. Closer
allowed one hit in 1 1/3 innings for his ninth save in 13 chances.
"This was a good win for us, we got good pitching," Tampa Bay manager
said. "Jeremi gave us six good innings and then our bullpen came in and did a great job."
Gonzalez did not allow a hit until Kennedy's two-out homer in the third inning tied the game for Anaheim. The only other hit off Gonzalez was a fourth-inning single by
"I didn't think about winning," Gonzalez said. "I just wanted to pitch good. As the game progressed, I got excited."
The Angels lost their third straight and were hitless in four at-bats with runners in scoring position.
combined to go 0-for-11 with four strikeouts.
Washburn suffered his first loss in six decisions against Tampa Bay after allowing three runs and 11 hits in 7 2/3 innings. The lefthander fell to 1-3 at home despite a season-high seven strikeouts, including
"Washburn pitched a terrific game," Angels manager
said. "He gave us a lift. Unfortunately, we couldn't support him on the offensive end."
pitched in and out of trouble in the seventh inning for Tampa Bay. Colome for the first two hitters before
walked. Colome recovered to strike out Salmon.
got Anderson and Glaus to begin the eighth inning before Carter entered to strike out pinch hitter
. Carter yielded a two-out infield hit to
in the ninth before getting Eckstein to pop out for the final out.
wasted chances to score in the first two innings, stranding a pair of runners in each frame. Tampa Bay had two hits in every inning until Washburn worked a perfect fifth inning.
"We faced a tough pitcher in Washburn," Piniella said. "We got a few men on and a few in and our pitching and defense did the rest."
Tampa Bay finally added an insurance run in the seventh inning.
singled with one out and
delivered a two-out RBI double that chased Washburn.
The victory equaled the
' win total against the Angels last season when they went 1-8 against the world champions.