Morton stops another Rays’ losing streak

by Gary Shelton on June 6, 2019 · 0 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

Morton didn't allow any runs in seven innings./CHUCK MULLER

Wednesday, 4 a.m.

He's a stopper. He's an ace. He's a leader.

So far, in fact, Charlie Morton is a bargain.

Morton, the man who makes losing go away, stood up for his Tampa Bay Rays again Tuesday night, leading the Rays to a 4-0 victory over Detroit. Morton, 7-0 on the season, went seven innings and allowed five hits and no runs, allowing the Rays to break a four-game losing streak.

“He was outstanding," Rays' manager Kevin Cash said. "I think he had another inning to go, but we capped  him off. Seven (innings) has been his top. He’s going to

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Ji-Man Choi had two hits for the Rays./CHUCK MULLER

pitch on normal turn for three starts now, so it didn’t make sense to make him go out there and build his pitch count up any higher. He was outstanding. His breaking ball was good. He spotted some fast ball throughout the game that helped complement the breaking ball. He just did a good job of limited damages."

The Rays managed just seven hits themselves, but three Tigers' errors helped them along.

"Everyone recognizes that we needed to shut the door on a team offensively to get our offense going," Cash said. "That’s what a veteran pitcher can bring. That calming effect. To go out there and navigate through their offense really successfully."

Austin Meadows got the Rays' started with a triple and scored on an error. The Rays added two in the fifth when Avisail Garcia doubled in Yandy Diaz and scored on Ji-Man Choi's double. Guillermo Heredia scored the final run on an error.

It was Morton's second straight game without a walk.

"I don’t know," he said. "I’m not sitting here patting myself on the back. My job is to throw  quality strikes. That’s how I feel about it."

The Rays will use an opener today, probably Ryan Stanek. He'll throw against Detroit's Daniel Norris at 1:05 p.m. at Comerica Park.


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