Morton leads Rays to victory over Cleveland

by Gary Shelton on May 26, 2019 · 0 comments

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Morton ran his record to 4-0 with the win./CHUCK MULLER

Sunday, 4 a.m.

Not to say that Charlie Morton is throwing well, but these days, you half expect members of the Miami Dolphins to show up to try to jinx his latest start.

Morton won again Sunday, 6-2 over Cleveland despite a rain delay of almost three hours. Morton is now 7-0 and unbeaten in his last 17 starts.

This time, he allowed only three hits over six innings to lead the Rays to a victory. He struck out 10 batters.

Pham worked out his frustrations in the win./JEFFREY S. KING

“We talked before the game about him coming out and correcting a couple of things from his last start,” Rays’ manager Kevin Cash said. “He did that.  When that breaking ball is on, it’s really a big equalizer for him. We saw that.”

The Rays broke open a 1-1 game with the long ball. Brandon Lowe, Ji-Man Choi and Tommy Pham all hit home runs in the win. All three players, plus Avisail Garcia, had two hits.

The Rays won came after a disappointing 3-1 loss on Friday night.

“You want a club to remember just enough of what happened the night before but not to carry over,” Cash said. “You want a little drive, a little motivation. They come after those difficult losses. They come in ready to go. That’s the sign of a good team.”

Pham had two hits one night after he ended the game by shattering his bat after making the final out.

“He’s a competitor,” Cash said. “When things don’t go his way, he’s going to find a way to beat you the next night or the next opportunity and he did.”

The Rays try to win the series today when Ryan Stanek opens the game against Trevor Bauer. The game begins at 1:05 p.m.

 

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