Gonzalez struck out six and walked one. The righthander did not get a chance for his third career shutout as
worked around a pair of singles in the ninth for his 16th save.
"Gonzalez did a nice job," Tampa Bay manager
said. "We were going to send him out for the ninth, but the bottom of the eighth was too long."
Gonzalez, who pitched for Texas' Class AAA affiliate in Oklahoma City last season, defeated the Rangers for the second time in as many starts this year. He also beat them on May 28 but was much less effective in that outing, allowing four runs in five innings.
"I never got a chance (with Texas)," Gonzalez said. "So I am pleased to beat them. (Piniella) came to me and said I wasn't going out because the eighth was too long. I'll do what he says. I like the way he manages, so I do what he says."
got on the board in the first inning.
reached with a one-out single to right, advanced on
's groundout and scored on a single by Baldelli.
Baldelli also knocked in
with an infield hit in the eighth. His RBI were his first in five games and he also snapped out of a 2-for-16 skid.
Shumpert came into the game after
injured his heel in the sixth. X-rays were negative, but Crawford will get some rest anyway as he begins a three-game suspension Saturday.
Actually, Crawford caused a delay at the start of the game, when the umpires believed his suspension was starting with this contest. The first pitch was delayed by about 15 minutes.
"It was a mistake on MLB's part, nothing to do with the
," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said.
Tampa Bay's first run was the only one allowed by Texas starter
(7-7), who lost for the fifth time in his last six starts. In seven innings, Valdes allowed six hits, striking out three without a walk.
"The last three games, I pitched two good games and gave my team a chance to win the ballgame," Valdes said. "As long as I do that, I do my job."
went to the hospital before the game with a small blood clot in his right arm. Grieve was placed on the 15-day disabled list and Tampa Bay brought up outfielder Matt Diaz from Class AAA Durham.
"It's a shame," Piniella said. "I hope he's OK. That's the important thing. His arm was real swollen today when he came to the ballpark. They said it would be at least a week to 10 days."
Grieve is hitting .230 with four homers and 57 RBI.