Toronto manager Cito Gaston knows that missing the previous two games was not something Gonzalez enjoyed.
"He's a kid that doesn't really want to be off," Gaston said. "I have to force him to take a day off."
That second-inning blast gave Gonzalez 13 home runs this season, representing the most long balls launched in one season by a Blue Jays shortstop since Chris Woodward finished with 13 in 2002. Entering Friday, Gonzalez led Major League shortstops in homers, RBIs (35), slugging percentage (.513), extra-base hits (30) and total bases (117).