Gonzalez twirls gem, White Sox down Rays

Gonzalez twirls gem, White Sox down Rays

CHICAGO -- Neither rain nor more rain again could keep Miguel Gonzalez from his appointed rounds during a 1-0 White Sox victory over the Rays on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

Gonzalez endured a 21-minute rain delay before the first pitch was thrown and then sat through a 1-hour, 16-minute delay with two outs in the bottom of the third but still came back to hurl a season-best 8 1/3 scoreless innings. The White Sox right-hander struck out five, didn't issue a walk and yielded three hits, improving to 5-8 overall and delivering his fourth quality start in five September efforts.

"It's always good to finish," Gonzalez said. "It's been awhile since I've been out there for the ninth inning. It took me two years to get there, but they were swinging early. I made some good pitches early on, got some quick outs. That's what you got me to the ninth inning.

"I was in the cage, moving around, stretching and I threw twice. That kept me in the game. Mentally, that's not an easy thing to do. But I was able to go out and just make pitches and try and minimize damage."

Gonzalez retires Kiermaier

The only run of the game on this rainy night came in the seventh, when Todd Frazier launched a 1-2 pitch deep to left off of knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa for his 40th home run of the season. The blast extended Frazier's hitting streak to 12, but more importantly it made him the seventh player in franchise history to reach 40 home runs in a season and marked the 12th such occurrence. He joined Frank Thomas, Jim Thome, Paul Konerko, Jermaine Dye, Albert Belle and Adam Dunn as White Sox players to hit 40.

• Frazier reaches personal goal with 40th HR

Frazier's 40th homer of the year

"It was a knuckleball," Gamboa said. "We were ahead in the count. I was feeling pretty good about it. He beat me with my best pitch. Live and die with it. Those things are going to happen, giving up the first one in the show."

Chicago has won five straight and taken the first three of this four-game set, including their second 1-0 decision over Tampa Bay this season, while the Rays have lost six straight. The White Sox, sitting at 77-81, need to win their final four to break even for the season.

David Robertson registered his 37th save with just one pitch, which saw Kevin Kiermaier ground into a game-ending double play.

Robertson's one-pitch save

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Snell's finale: Blake Snell's rookie season finished with a bittersweet 2 2/3-inning rain-shortened start. The left-hander looked sharp pitching in the rain, which wasn't a surprise given the fact he hails from the Seattle area. He allowed no runs on one hit and a walk while striking out four before the rain came. Snell finished his rookie season with a 6-8 record with a 3.54 ERA in 19 starts. More >

Snell fans Smith in the 3rd

Defensive dynamo: Tim Anderson prevented a potential run from scoring in the third with a great defensive play in the hole between shortstop and third base. Luke Maile hit the grounder destined for left field, which was grabbed by Anderson. He then took a step or two toward the left-field line, made a jump throw and still got Maile by a half-step. Richie Shaffer was on second with one out at the time.

Anderson's great toss from short

That was quick: Gonzalez stood two outs away from his second career shutout and first since 2014 against the Reds. But a Logan Forsythe single brought Robertson into the game, and Robertson needed one pitch to induce a game-ending Kiermaier double play. Robertson has 37 saves, needing two in four games to match his career-high of 39.

Solid relief: The Rays needed more from their bullpen than normal due to the rain delay, and Ryan Garton, Gamboa, and Danny Farquhar came through, holding the White Sox to one run on four hits in 5 1/3 innings. Unfortunately, that one run was Frazier's home run and accounted for the game's only run.

Gamboa "really did an outstanding job," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "He had the knuckleball dancing all over the place. You could see by the hitters' reactions. Just left one knuckleball that kind of looked like it faded down and in to Frazier and he didn't miss it."

QUOTABLE
"Really gutsy performance by Miguel Gonzalez. It was pretty impressive with the hour delay to come back out there and be real efficient. He did a real good job of not really overpowering, but just mixing speeds. He had the cutter and the two-seamer going. A couple of changeups and breaking balls in there. Got a lot of early outs. Just very efficient." -- Cash, on Gonzalez

"I was mentally prepared. It was my last start. I was going out no matter what and didn't give in and the results were there." -- Gonzalez, on coming back after the rain delay

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
The Rays are 13-27 in one-run games this season. They've now lost six in a row, their longest losing streak since losing eight straight from July 5-16.

HOME COOKING
The White Sox have a 20-9 record over their last 29 home games.

WHAT'S NEXT
Rays: Chris Archer (8-19, 4.02 ERA) will make his final start of the season, hoping to dodge 20 losses. Given the circumstances, he has a chance to be the first pitcher since Oakland's Brian Kingman in 1980 (8-20, 3.83) to lose 20 games while having a sub-4.00 ERA. Detroit's Mike Maroth (9-21 in 2003) was the last pitcher to lose 20 games in a season.

White Sox: Jose Quintana (13-11, 3.21) makes his 32nd and final start of 2016, also marking his 14th at home and sixth career outing against the Rays. Quintana needs five strikeouts to surpass his career-high of 178, already having set a single-season personal win mark with 13.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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