Morton (9-3) allowed two earned runs on four hits and four walks while striking out eight across six innings to earn the win Thursday against the Phillies. Morton was given plenty of run support early, as Atlanta was up by six runs by the end of the fourth inning. He took advantage and was shutting out the Phillies until the seventh inning, when he surrendered a triple, double and walk prior to being pulled. Morton has been excellent in seven starts since June 17, as he's worked at least six innings in all but one outing while posting a 2.40 ERA and striking out 55 across 45 frames.
Morton is no longer slated to start Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against San Diego. Bryse Wilson will take the ball for Wednesday's nightcap instead. Per David O'Brien of The Athletic, Morton will now start Thursday against the Phillies.
Morton allowed three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out eight over six innings Friday against the Rays. He did not factor into the decision. Morton allowed a pair of runs in the second inning and then later was taken yard by Ji-Man Choi. The 37-year-old righty still managed to post a quality start against his former team and recorded at least seven strikeouts for a sixth straight start. He now owns a 3.69 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 122:36 K:BB over 105 innings and is tentatively lined up to take the mound next week against the Padres.
Morton (8-3) picked up the win in Friday's 5-0 victory over the Marlins, scattering two hits and two walks over seven scoreless innings. He struck out seven. In arguably his best start of the season, Morton fired 59 of 95 pitches for strikes while not allowing a runner to get past second base. The veteran right-hander has eight quality starts on the year, including four in his last five outings, and he'll carry a 3.64 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 114:33 K:BB through 99 innings into the All-Star break.
Morton allowed four runs on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 5.1 innings versus Miami on Sunday. He did not factor in the decision. The right-hander was on track for a quality start before he gave up a three-run home run to Adam Duvall in the sixth inning. Atlanta rallied from behind in the bottom of the ninth to spare Morton from the loss. The 37-year-old owns a 3.91 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 107:31 K:BB across 92 innings this year. His last start before the All-Star break is expected to be a rematch in Miami during next weekend's series.
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