The Rangers went scoreless for 22 innings before Saturday’s 13-2 rout, which coincided with the return of Gonzalez, the team’s home run and RBI leader.
“He’s certainly a presence we’ve missed.” Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. “When Juan is in there, it creates a lot of problems and stretches out our lineup.”
Gonzalez, who missed the previous four games with a sore right elbow, went 4-for-4 and drove in two runs for Texas, which ended a three-game losing streak and won for only the second time in 14 games.
A two-time American League MVP, Gonzalez picked up his 1,366th career RBI, the most by any native of Puerto Rico. He moved past countryman Orlando Cepeda for 57th place on the all-time list.
Gonzalez is batting .375 (12-for-32) during a seven-game hitting streak with two homers and 12 RBIs.
Texas hasn’t won a series since sweeping visiting Tampa Bay from May 20-22.
After going 1-for-4 with an RBI in the opener, former Texas catcher Ivan Rodriguez was 0-for-4 Saturday as Florida lost for the second time in five games.
Rodriguez spent the previous 12 seasons in Texas—winning 10 Gold Gloves and making 10 All-Star appearances—before signing a one-year, $10-million deal with the Marlins on Jan. 22. He has hit safely in nine of his last 11 games.
STANDINGS: Marlins - 4th place, 14 1/2 GB, NL East. Rangers - 4th place, 17 GB, AL West.
MARLINS PROBABLE STARTER: Mark Redman (4-2, 2.83 ERA). Redman is 3-0 over his last six starts, allowing two earned runs or fewer five times. He comes in off a 12-4 win at Milwaukee in which he pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing six hits. The left-hander, who is unbeaten since April 13 against Atlanta, is 0-1 with a 5.51 ERA in four career appearances, including two starts, against the Rangers.
RANGERS PROBABLE STARTER: John Thomson (4-7, 5.14 ERA). Thomson snapped a three-game losing streak in a 9-7 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday. The right-hander went six innings, giving up three earned runs and six hits against his former team. In 10 career starts against the Marlins, Thomson is 3-2 with a 4.00 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Marlins - Alex Gonzalez, .330 avg.; Mike Lowell, 19 HRs, 53 RBIs and 44 runs; Juan Pierre, 28 SBs. Rangers - Hank Blalock, .341 avg.; Juan Gonzalez, 18 HRs and 49 RBIs; Carl Everett, 49 runs; Alex Rodriguez, 7 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Marlins - 4-4. Rangers - 2-9.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Marlins - Florida leads the majors with 84 stolen bases. … LHP Redman hasn’t allowed a homer in his last seven starts, spanning 43 2-3 innings. He is 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA in three road starts. … RF Juan Encarnacion, who was 2-for-4 Saturday, has three homers and nine RBIs in his last seven games. Rangers - Texas was held scoreless for 24 innings from Sept. 17-20, 1992. … 2B Michael Young has five straight multi-hit games. … Texas has a major league-worst 6.09 ERA.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Marlins - 14-21 on the road; Rangers - 16-17 at home.
INJURIES: Marlins - RHP Josh Beckett (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Toby Borland (appendicitis), 15-day DL; RHP A.J. Burnett (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Abraham Nunez (hamstring), 60-day DL. Rangers - 1B Herbert Perry (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Joaquin Benoit (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Chan Ho Park (oblique), 15-day DL; RHP Jeff Zimmerman (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Rusty Greer (neck), 60-day DL.