Astros' Morton stays unbeaten with 8-2 win over Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) Charlie Morton remained unbeaten this season - and knew where to place the credit for his latest victory.

Morton (7-0) pitched six solid innings, Alex Bregman and Jake Marisnick hit three-run homers and the Houston Astros defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-2.

''I felt like I was along for the ride,'' Morton said. ''It was just one of those days for me. They picked me up all night.''

The right-hander allowed two runs and five hits while extending his career-best winning streak to 10 games. Morton, who moved into a tie for the AL lead in wins, hasn't lost since Sept. 9, 2017 against Oakland. He walked three and struck out five.

Morton fell behind after Michael Brantley's two-run single in the third, but his offense gave him plenty of support. Houston scored three runs in the fifth and added five in the sixth to put the game away.

''It was an absolute team win,'' said Morton. ''It's pretty fun to be a part of this special team.''

The defending World Series champions have won four straight and taken three of four from Cleveland this season.

''These guys are really good,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''Even last year, before they won the World Series, the way they played the game really stood out. They're fun to play, not because you think you're going to push them around, but because they play so well.''

Mike Clevinger (3-2) opened with four scoreless innings, but couldn't hold a 2-0 lead in the fifth. Bregman capped the inning with his fifth homer over the 19-foot high wall in left field that put Houston ahead. He added an RBI double in the sixth.

Marisnick, recalled from the minors Wednesday, homered to straightaway center in the sixth off Neil Ramirez. Marisnick was sent to Triple-A Fresno on May 15 and called up again when outfielder Josh Reddick went on the 10-day disabled list with a leg infection. Marisnick, batting .141 going into the game, also singled in the fifth but was picked off first by Clevinger.

Houston's go-ahead rally came with two outs in the fifth. Clevinger hit Tony Kemp with an 0-2 pitch and George Springer drew a four-pitch walk. Pitching coach Carl Willis visited Clevinger, but Bregman then jumped on a hanging breaking pitch and Houston had the lead.

Clevinger allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander was pulled with two on in the sixth, but pinch-hitter Max Stassi's single off Tyler Olson drove in a run before Marisnick homered.

Brantley singled up the middle in the third to give Cleveland a 2-0 lead. Roberto Perez led off with a single and took third on Francisco Lindor's double.

Brantley is second in the AL in batting with a .335 average and extended his hitting streak to 13 games. He began the season on the disabled list following ankle surgery in October.

VISIONARY

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Springer predicted a home run when Marisnick came up in the sixth.

''There was a big roar in the dugout when Jake did that because George called it,'' Hinch said. ''Now, George makes a whole lot of other calls that don't come close to happening, but that one he got right.''

BRIEF SUMMATION

Clevinger's description of the home run pitch he threw to Bregman was short and to the point.

''Not going to look too deep into it besides I made a really bad pitch in a really bad spot,'' he said.

HE'S SAFE

A batboy tripped and fell as he neared home plate with extra baseballs for umpire Bill Welke in the second inning. Welke quickly gave the safe sign and the crowd laughed as the batboy went back to the dugout.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: OF Derek Fisher (gastrointestinal discomfort), who has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 19, could begin a minor league rehab assignment this weekend.

Indians: Cleveland has four outfielders on the 10-day DL. Lonnie Chisenhall (strained right calf) will continue his minor league rehab assignment Friday. He's played two games at Triple-A Columbus. ... Bradley Zimmer (left rib contusion) is expected to begin a rehab assignment this weekend. ... Brandon Guyer (strained neck) could join a minor league team soon before being activated. ... Tyler Naquin (strained left hamstring) has resumed baseball activities.

UP NEXT

LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-6, 3.43 ERA) takes on RHP Corey Kluber (7-2, 2.36 ERA) in a rematch of their May 19 game in Houston. Kluber became the first AL pitcher to reach seven wins this season in Cleveland's 5-4 victory while Keuchel got the loss, allowing four runs in five innings.

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  • W: C. Morton (7-0)L: M. Clevinger (3-2)
  • HR: HOU - J. Marisnick (4), A. Bregman (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Bregman 3B41241111.277.393.451.84411.5
J. Altuve 2B50000014.306.357.403.760-0.5
C. Correa SS51100021.271.359.475.8331.0
M. Gonzalez 1B40100011.220.296.327.6230.5
Y. Gurriel DH41200011.280.307.385.6922.5
B. McCann C20000001.234.331.374.7040.0
a- M. Stassi PH-C21110010.304.377.522.8982.5
J. Marisnick CF41231011.157.167.326.4938.5
T. Kemp LF31100000.389.478.444.9235.0
  • a-singled for McCann in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS41100001.305.378.570.9483.0
E. Gonzalez SS00000000.342.375.553.9280.0
M. Brantley LF40120030.335.371.555.9261.5
R. Davis LF00000000.226.275.262.5370.0
J. Ramirez 3B30100101.297.393.604.9982.0
E. Encarnacion DH30000112.202.282.411.6930.5
Y. Alonso 1B40100014.228.293.430.7230.5
M. Cabrera RF40100012.143.200.214.4140.5
J. Kipnis 2B30000111.177.268.254.5220.5
R. Perez C41100011.131.239.213.4531.5
G. Allen CF30100001.225.262.275.5371.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - G. Springer (11), A. Bregman (17)
    • HR - A. Bregman (5), J. Marisnick (4)
    • RBI - A. Bregman 4 (23), M. Stassi (12), J. Marisnick 3 (10)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman 4 (14)
    BATTING
    • 2B - F. Lindor (17)
    • RBI - M. Brantley 2 (32)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - G. Springer 2 (3), T. Kemp (2)
    • Picked Off - J. Marisnick
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - G. Springer (3)
    • DP - (Altuve-Gonzalez)
    • PB - B. McCann (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Lindor-Alonso; Kipnis-Lindor-Alonso)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Morton (W, 7-0)6.05223502.040.9720.5
    H. Rondon1.01000102.041.082.5
    C. McHugh2.01000200.460.866.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Morton (W, 7-0)6.0
    H. Rondon1.0
    C. McHugh2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Clevinger (L, 3-2)5.17553413.321.22-3.0
    T. Olson0.01110006.751.28-2.0
    N. Ramirez0.132200113.502.63-5.0
    O. Drake1.10000204.961.534.0
    Z. McAllister1.01000306.751.443.5
    J. Tomlin1.00000007.641.613.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 92-59, H. Rondon 13-10, C. McHugh 17-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 6-5, H. Rondon 1-1, C. McHugh 1-3
    • Batters Faced - C. Morton 24, H. Rondon 4, C. McHugh 7
    PITCHING
    • HBP - M. Clevinger
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 105-64, T. Olson 2-2, N. Ramirez 16-12, O. Drake 13-12, Z. McAllister 13-11, J. Tomlin 7-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 6-3, N. Ramirez 1-0, O. Drake 1-1, J. Tomlin 3-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 24, T. Olson, N. Ramirez 4, O. Drake 4, Z. McAllister 4, J. Tomlin 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF32200211.299.364.508.87110.5
    A. Bregman 3B41241111.277.393.451.84411.5
    J. Altuve 2B50000014.306.357.403.760-0.5
    C. Correa SS51100021.271.359.475.8331.0
    M. Gonzalez 1B40100011.220.296.327.6230.5
    Y. Gurriel DH41200011.280.307.385.6922.5
    B. McCann C20000001.234.331.374.7040.0
    a- M. Stassi PH-C21110010.304.377.522.8982.5
    J. Marisnick CF41231011.157.167.326.4938.5
    T. Kemp LF31100000.389.478.444.9235.0
    Total36812823911-----
    • a-singled for McCann in the 6th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS41100001.305.378.570.9483.0
    E. Gonzalez SS00000000.342.375.553.9280.0
    M. Brantley LF40120030.335.371.555.9261.5
    R. Davis LF00000000.226.275.262.5370.0
    J. Ramirez 3B30100101.297.393.604.9982.0
    E. Encarnacion DH30000112.202.282.411.6930.5
    Y. Alonso 1B40100014.228.293.430.7230.5
    M. Cabrera RF40100012.143.200.214.4140.5
    J. Kipnis 2B30000111.177.268.254.5220.5
    R. Perez C41100011.131.239.213.4531.5
    G. Allen CF30100001.225.262.275.5371.0
    Total3227203813-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Springer (11), A. Bregman (17)
      • HR - A. Bregman (5), J. Marisnick (4)
      • RBI - A. Bregman 4 (23), M. Stassi (12), J. Marisnick 3 (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman 4 (14)
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (17)
      • RBI - M. Brantley 2 (32)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - G. Springer 2 (3), T. Kemp (2)
      • Picked Off - J. Marisnick
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - G. Springer (3)
      • DP - (Altuve-Gonzalez)
      • PB - B. McCann (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Lindor-Alonso; Kipnis-Lindor-Alonso)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton (W, 7-0)6.05223502.040.9720.5
      H. Rondon1.01000102.041.082.5
      C. McHugh2.01000200.460.866.0
      Total9.0722380---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton (W, 7-0)6.0
      H. Rondon1.0
      C. McHugh2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Clevinger (L, 3-2)5.17553413.321.22-3.0
      T. Olson0.01110006.751.28-2.0
      N. Ramirez0.132200113.502.63-5.0
      O. Drake1.10000204.961.534.0
      Z. McAllister1.01000306.751.443.5
      J. Tomlin1.00000007.641.613.0
      Total9.01288392---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Clevinger (L, 3-2)5.1
      T. Olson0.0
      N. Ramirez0.1
      O. Drake1.1
      Z. McAllister1.0
      J. Tomlin1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 92-59, H. Rondon 13-10, C. McHugh 17-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 6-5, H. Rondon 1-1, C. McHugh 1-3
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 24, H. Rondon 4, C. McHugh 7
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Clevinger
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 105-64, T. Olson 2-2, N. Ramirez 16-12, O. Drake 13-12, Z. McAllister 13-11, J. Tomlin 7-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 6-3, N. Ramirez 1-0, O. Drake 1-1, J. Tomlin 3-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 24, T. Olson, N. Ramirez 4, O. Drake 4, Z. McAllister 4, J. Tomlin 3
      • 6TH INNING
        Bregman doubled to deep right center, Springer scored82
        Marisnick homered to center, Gurriel and Stassi scored72
        Stassi singled to left, Correa scored, Gurriel to second42
      • 5TH INNING
        Bregman homered to left, Kemp and Springer scored32
      • 3RD INNING
        Brantley singled to shallow center, Perez and Lindor scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Josh Tomlin relieved Zach McAllister
        • Rajai Davis in left
        • Erik Gonzalez at shortstop
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bregman grounded out to third
        • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded out to third
        • C. Correa: Correa grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis flied out to left
        • R. Perez: Ball, Perez grounded out to second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Zach McAllister relieved Oliver Drake
        • M. Stassi: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Stassi struck out looking
        • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Marisnick struck out looking
        • T. Kemp: Kemp singled to left center
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Collin McHugh relieved Hector Rondon
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Brantley struck out on foul tip
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez singled to center
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion lined out to right
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso popped out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • O. Drake Pitching:
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Hector Rondon relieved Charlie Morton
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis flied out to deep left
        • R. Perez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Allen reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Correa singled to right
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to first, Correa to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Gurriel singled to left, Correa to third
        • Tyler Olson relieved Mike Clevinger
        • Max Stassi hit for Brian McCann
        • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Stassi singled to left, Correa scored, Gurriel to second
        • Neil Ramirez relieved Tyler Olson
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick homered to center, Gurriel and Stassi scored
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kemp grounded out to second
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Springer singled to right
        • A. Bregman: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Springer stole second, Bregman doubled to deep right center, Springer scored
        • Oliver Drake relieved Neil Ramirez
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Foul, Ball, Altuve flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (5 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion flied out to right
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera flied out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, McCann grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Marisnick: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Marisnick singled to left
        • T. Kemp: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Marisnick picked off at first, pitcher to first, Foul, Ball, Kemp hit by pitch
        • G. Springer: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Kemp stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Bregman homered to left, Kemp and Springer scored
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Allen grounded out to first
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • C. Correa: Correa flied out to deep right
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez singled to right
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Gonzalez out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera singled to right center, Cabrera out at second
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kipnis walked
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Perez grounded into double play second to first, Kipnis out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • T. Kemp: Foul, Ball, Ball, Kemp lined out to center
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Springer doubled to deep right
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Altuve grounded into double play shortstop to first, Bregman out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Perez singled to left
        • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Allen lined out to center
        • F. Lindor: Lindor doubled to left center, Perez to third
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley singled to shallow center, Perez and Lindor scored
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop, Brantley to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley to third on passed ball, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion walked
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Alonso lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gurriel singled to right center
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, McCann reached on fielder's choice to center, Gurriel out at second
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Marisnick flied out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso reached on bunt single to shortstop
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cabrera fouled out to left
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman struck out looking
        • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Springer stole second, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Altuve struck out on foul tip
        • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Lindor grounded out to second
        • M. Brantley: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Brantley struck out looking
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)