• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Pirates' Charlie Morton to start nightcap of Wednesday doubleheader

    Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton will start Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.As expected, Morton will just move back to Wednesday after Tuesday's game was postponed due to rain. However, Morton is now slated to oppose Tyler Lyons rather than Michael Wacha, with the Pirates opting to flip Morton and Gerrit Cole.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Pirates SP Charlie Morton gives up six runs in no-decision

    Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton was bailed out of a poor start Wednesday, receiving a no-decision after giving up six earned runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out five in a 13-7 win over the Rockies. Staked to a 7-1 lead by the fourth inning, Morton walked in a run only to give up homers to Corey Dickerson and Tom Murphy the following frame. Coors Field outings should always be taken with a grain of salt, but Morton has now given up at least five earned runs in each of his last two starts; terrible timing, considering the Pirates have yet to announce a rotation for the playoffs.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Pirates SP Charlie Morton struggles mightily in loss to Cubs

    Pirates starter Charlie Morton allowed nine hits, six runs (five earned) and two walks in five-plus innings in a 9-6 loss to the Cubs on Thursday. He struck out five. Morton broke his string of three consecutive quality starts and also surrendered a homer for the second straight outing after a stretch in which he'd prevented a long ball in seven of eight trips to the mound. The veteran right-hander wasn't missing many bats Thursday, as evidenced by the paltry four swings-and-misses he induced over 76 pitches. Morton has now dropped four out of his last five decisions despite not pitching poorly in each instance. It remains to be seen how he will fit into the team's postseason plans.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Pirates SP Charlie Morton breaks three-game skid with Friday win

    A fourth consecutive defeat seemed quite possible for Pirates starter Charlie Morton when Brewers slugger Adam Lind slammed a two-run homer off him in the first inning Friday night. Morton, however, settled down and ended up with his ninth victory instead. He pitched shutout ball over the next five innings and finished having given up just three hits with two walks and two strikeouts. The right-hander did not yield a hit after Logan Schafer singled to lead off the second. Despite the three-game losing streak, Morton now has five quality starts in his last six outings and has shrunk his ERA to 4.02.

  • by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    Pirates SP Charlie Morton continues to struggle

    Pirates starter Charlie Morton was a hard-luck loser Saturday after allowing just one earned run in a defeat to the Cardinals. Morton went six innings, giving up four hits and two runs, although just one was earned. He struck out three and walked three in his 89-pitch outing. Morton (8-7) has now lost three straight starts despite his ERA dropping to 4.07 after Saturday's defeat.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Middle-inning struggles doom Pirates SP Charlie Morton to defeat

    If any Pirates starter was going to wreck the momentum, at least temporarily, it seemed destined to be Charlie Morton. He has been pitching poorly and his last performance ended their three-game winning streak. This time it ended a four-game winning streak. Morton allowed five on six hits in six innings to take the loss against Colorado on Sunday. He walked two and whiffed six. Morton breezed through the first three without allowing a hit before the roof caved in. He was sent reeling by four straight hits to start the fourth, including a double by Nolan Arenado and triple by Ben Paulsen that resulted in three runs. His own two-base error tallied two more in the sixth. He has given up 26 runs over his last 54 2/3 innings and has lost four of his last six decisions.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Pirates' Charlie Morton gets roughed up by Marlins in loss Tuesday

    Pirates starter Charlie Morton had a rough outing against the Marlins on Tuesday night. The right-hander allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings in the 5-2 loss. With the outing, his ERA rises to 4.20. Morton (8-5) was given a an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, but he was unable to make that stand up. He gave up individual runs in the fourth and fifth before the Marlins put up a three-spot in the sixth. Morton is now 2-1 with a 3.27 ERA over his past five starts. Tuesday's start snapped a personal four-game win streak for the right-hander.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Pirates' Charlie Morton shuts down Giants' offense on Thursday

    Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton delivered a strong start against the Giants on Thursday night. Morton held the Giants scoreless over 6 2/3 innings. He allowed four hits and two walks while striking out eight in the 4-0 victory. Morton (8-4, 4.06 ERA) was cruising through his outing until he got into some trouble in the sixth inning. He loaded the bases with two outs, prompting manager Clint Hurdle to make a pitching change. The bullpen took over from there, successfully keeping the shutout in tact. This was Morton's second scoreless outing this month. Unfortunately, he allowed a total of seven earned runs in his other two August starts. Still, Morton is 2-0 with a 2.33 ERA over those four starts.

  • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

    Pirates SP Charlie Morton strikes out nine in no-decision

    Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton was impressive during his start against the Mets on Saturday. Morton allowed two earned runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings of work. He struck out nine batters while allowing just one walk in the no-decision. Morton (7-4) has a 4.36 ERA in 88 2/3 innings this season.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Pirates SP Charlie Morton knocked out too soon in no-decision

    If Pirates starter Charlie Morton had performed better Sunday night against the Dodgers, he might have stuck around longer. And if had stuck around longer, he would have been the beneficiary of an offensive onslaught. And if he had been the beneficiary of an offensive onslight, he would have won. Instead, Morton received a no-decision after pitching just five innings and allowing five runs on 10 hits. He walked three and fanned six. His struggles started in the first, when three singles led to two runs. An Adrian Gonzalez RBI hit in the third and three-hit fifth, which included a double by Alberto Callaspo, all but ended his evening. Morton was coming off his finest outing in two months, but has generally struggled lately. He has yielded at least three runs in seven of his last nine starts as his ERA has risen to 4.48.