Morton fans career-high 14 as Astros beat Rangers 6-1

HOUSTON (AP) One of the things the Houston Astros like best about Charlie Morton is his even-keeled demeanor.

The veteran starter never gets too high or too low, a quality that was on full display on Saturday night after he set a career-high with 14 strikeouts in a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers.

He never cracked a smile as he spoke slowly, measuring every word. After several attempts to get him to talk about his big night, he was finally asked if he was even happy about his performance.

''No,'' he said simply. ''I try not to get too far ahead of myself and I try not to let outings dictate how I feel about myself because I think that's a way to get in trouble. If you let a bad outing get to you too much or you let a good outing get to you too much it's not a good thing. So I'll do what I normally do and prepare for the next start.''

Evan Gattis, Brian McCann and Carlos Correa all homered to back Morton up a night after the Astros were shutout in a 1-0 loss in the series opener.

Morton (5-0) yielded four hits and a run without a walk to lower his ERA to 2.03 and extend his career-long winning streak to eight games dating back to last season.

McCann's solo homer gave Houston the lead in the fourth and Gattis added his one-run homer in the next inning after driving in Houston's run in the third with a single.

Correa padded the lead with a soaring two-run shot to straightaway center field to make it 5-1 with one out in the eighth. The Astros tacked on another run in the eighth when McCann singled and Jurickson Profar committed an error that allowed Yuli Gurriel to score from first.

Morton's previous career-best was 12 strikeouts, which he accomplished twice previously, with the last time coming earlier this season against the Rangers. It's his third game this season with at least 10 strikeouts and he's fanned 62 in seven starts this season.

''He made it very challenging for our guys tonight having the big fastball,'' Texas manager Jeff Banister said. ''He was able to get the fastball where he wanted to. He sunk it as well, but the curveball tonight was pretty special.''

Texas starter Doug Fister (1-4) allowed four hits and three runs in 6 1/3 innings for his fourth straight loss.

Morton retired the first eight batters he faced before Ronald Guzman's solo homer to the seats in right field with two outs in the third inning. Delino DeShields followed with a double, but Morton struck out Shin-Soo Choo to end the inning.

The Astros didn't get a hit until a double by Josh Reddick to start the third. The single to center field by Gattis scored Reddick to tie it at 1-1. Gattis then stole his first base since August 19, 2016 and just the third of his career, but he was left stranded when Fister retired the next three batters to end the inning.

McCann's homer to the bullpen in right-center came with two outs in the fourth to put Houston up 2-1.

Gattis pushed the lead to 3-1 with his solo shot with one out in the fifth.

Morton had retired 12 of the previous 13 batters when Profar doubled with two outs in the seventh. The Rangers came away from that inning empty-handed when Morton fanned Rougned Odor for the third out.

While Morton wouldn't acknowledge his strong outing, his manager A.J. Hinch had no trouble raving about it.

''I thought he was good,'' Hinch said. ''Is that the biggest understatement of the night? He was great. It was fun to see him finish his outing with such conviction making one last really good breaking ball pitch to Odor with the most stress that he had the whole night. Needless to say, he was pretty locked in with his breaking ball and that was a good matchup for him when he can demonstrate that he can throw in the strike zone and a few chases below. Very, very good.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Houston center fielder George Springer was out of the lineup on Saturday after being hit on the left elbow by a 92 mph fastball from Cole Hamels in the series opener. Hinch said Springer's bruised elbow was sore on Saturday and wasn't sure when he'd return, but added that he doesn't expect the injury to land him on the disabled list. ... Correa was plunked just above his left hip to start the fourth inning, but was OK and remained in the game.

THEY SAID IT

Hinch on the rare steal by Gattis: ''I don't know when the next one you'll see of his. But if you missed tonight's you better try to see it on the highlight reel.''

UP NEXT

Rangers: Matt Moore (1-4, 7.71 ERA) will start for Texas in the series finale on Sunday. Moore will be pitching on extended rest after allowing nine hits and five runs in 5 2/3 innings but not factoring into the decision in a 7-6 win over Detroit on Monday.

Astros: Dallas Keuchel (2-5, 3.53) is scheduled to start for Houston on Sunday. He got his second win in his last start by allowing five hits and just one run in eight innings of a 16-2 win over Oakland.

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  • W: C. Morton (5-0)L: D. Fister (1-4)
  • HR: TEX - R. Guzman (2), HOU - B. McCann (3), E. Gattis (2), C. Correa (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Choo DH40000031.239.316.394.710-1.5
N. Mazara RF40000020.291.352.536.888-1.0
A. Beltre 3B40000020.310.368.420.788-1.0
J. Gallo LF30000030.204.287.483.770-1.5
J. Profar SS30200000.235.321.400.7213.0
R. Odor 2B30000032.175.261.225.486-1.5
R. Chirinos C30000011.175.246.408.653-0.5
R. Guzman 1B31111021.205.256.370.6265.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Altuve 2B40000021.315.370.418.788-1.0
    A. Bregman 3B31100101.257.375.399.7744.0
    C. Correa SS21121100.295.380.511.8909.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B41100003.272.310.398.7083.0
    B. McCann C41211001.262.376.405.7817.0
    M. Gonzalez LF40000011.233.316.338.654-0.5
    J. Reddick RF31100101.231.345.410.7564.0
    E. Gattis DH31221001.210.275.320.59510.0
    D. Fisher CF30000012.182.214.455.669-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. DeShields (4), J. Profar (9)
      • HR - R. Guzman (2)
      • RBI - R. Guzman (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Guzman (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Bregman (12), Y. Gurriel (10), J. Reddick (3)
      • HR - C. Correa (6), B. McCann (3), E. Gattis (2)
      • RBI - C. Correa 2 (27), B. McCann (11), E. Gattis 2 (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. McCann (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Gattis
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Profar-Odor-Guzman; Profar-Odor-Guzman)
      • E - J. Profar (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Fister (L, 1-4)6.14333424.061.468.0
      T. Barnette1.03320014.321.08-2.0
      Y. Mendez0.21000000.001.50-1.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Fister (L, 1-4)6.1
      T. Barnette1.0
      Y. Mendez0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton (W, 5-0)7.041101412.030.9733.0
      W. Harris (H, 4)1.00000103.861.293.5
      C. McHugh1.00000100.610.893.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton (W, 5-0)7.0
      W. Harris (H, 4)1.0
      C. McHugh1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - D. Fister (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Fister 96-53, T. Barnette 23-13, Y. Mendez 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Fister 9-4, T. Barnette 1-2
      • Batters Faced - D. Fister 25, T. Barnette 6, Y. Mendez 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 105-66, W. Harris 12-8, C. McHugh 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 5-2, W. Harris 2-0, C. McHugh 2-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 25, W. Harris 3, C. McHugh 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      D. DeShields CF40100000.293.370.415.7842.0
      S. Choo DH40000031.239.316.394.710-1.5
      N. Mazara RF40000020.291.352.536.888-1.0
      A. Beltre 3B40000020.310.368.420.788-1.0
      J. Gallo LF30000030.204.287.483.770-1.5
      J. Profar SS30200000.235.321.400.7213.0
      R. Odor 2B30000032.175.261.225.486-1.5
      R. Chirinos C30000011.175.246.408.653-0.5
      R. Guzman 1B31111021.205.256.370.6265.0
      Total3114110165-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Altuve 2B40000021.315.370.418.788-1.0
        A. Bregman 3B31100101.257.375.399.7744.0
        C. Correa SS21121100.295.380.511.8909.0
        Y. Gurriel 1B41100003.272.310.398.7083.0
        B. McCann C41211001.262.376.405.7817.0
        M. Gonzalez LF40000011.233.316.338.654-0.5
        J. Reddick RF31100101.231.345.410.7564.0
        E. Gattis DH31221001.210.275.320.59510.0
        D. Fisher CF30000012.182.214.455.669-0.5
        Total3068533411-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - D. DeShields (4), J. Profar (9)
          • HR - R. Guzman (2)
          • RBI - R. Guzman (11)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. Guzman (5)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Bregman (12), Y. Gurriel (10), J. Reddick (3)
          • HR - C. Correa (6), B. McCann (3), E. Gattis (2)
          • RBI - C. Correa 2 (27), B. McCann (11), E. Gattis 2 (10)
          • 2-Out RBI - B. McCann (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - E. Gattis
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Profar-Odor-Guzman; Profar-Odor-Guzman)
          • E - J. Profar (7)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Fister (L, 1-4)6.14333424.061.468.0
          T. Barnette1.03320014.321.08-2.0
          Y. Mendez0.21000000.001.50-1.0
          Total8.0865343---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Fister (L, 1-4)6.1
          T. Barnette1.0
          Y. Mendez0.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Morton (W, 5-0)7.041101412.030.9733.0
          W. Harris (H, 4)1.00000103.861.293.5
          C. McHugh1.00000100.610.893.5
          Total9.04110161---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Morton (W, 5-0)7.0
          W. Harris (H, 4)1.0
          C. McHugh1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - D. Fister (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Fister 96-53, T. Barnette 23-13, Y. Mendez 13-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Fister 9-4, T. Barnette 1-2
          • Batters Faced - D. Fister 25, T. Barnette 6, Y. Mendez 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 105-66, W. Harris 12-8, C. McHugh 15-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 5-2, W. Harris 2-0, C. McHugh 2-0
          • Batters Faced - C. Morton 25, W. Harris 3, C. McHugh 3
          • 8TH INNING
            McCann reached on an infield single to second, Gurriel scored on shortstop Profar fielding error16
            Correa homered to center, Bregman scored15
          • 5TH INNING
            Gattis homered to left13
          • 4TH INNING
            McCann homered to right center12
          • 3RD INNING
            Gattis singled to center, Reddick scored11
            Guzman homered to right10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Collin McHugh relieved Will Harris
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Choo grounded out to second
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Mazara grounded out to second
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Beltre struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Will Harris relieved Charlie Morton
            • R. Chirinos: Foul, Ball, Chirinos grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Guzman: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Guzman struck out on foul tip
            • D. DeShields: Ball, DeShields grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Barnette Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Altuve flied out to deep center
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman doubled to deep left
            • C. Correa: Pickoff attempt, Correa homered to center, Bregman scored
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gurriel doubled to left
            • Yohander Mendez relieved Tony Barnette
            • B. McCann: Foul, McCann reached on an infield single to second, Gurriel scored on shortstop Profar fielding error
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez fouled out to first
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Reddick popped out to second
            • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Strike swinging, Beltre grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • J. Profar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Profar doubled to left
            • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to third
            • J. Reddick: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reddick walked
            • Tony Barnette relieved Doug Fister
            • E. Gattis: Gattis popped out to second
            • D. Fisher: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Fisher grounded into fielder's choice to first, Reddick out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, DeShields grounded out to third
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mazara struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Correa walked, Bregman to second
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bregman to third, Correa out at second
            • B. McCann: Ball, McCann flied out to left
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Profar singled to right center
            • R. Odor: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • R. Chirinos: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Reddick flied out to left
            • E. Gattis: Gattis homered to left
            • D. Fisher: Fisher grounded out to second
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Altuve grounded out to third
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mazara lined out to shortstop
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Ball, Beltre grounded out to third
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Ball, Correa hit by pitch
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Correa out at second
            • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, McCann homered to right center
            • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez flied out to center
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Chirinos lined out to right
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Guzman homered to right
            • D. DeShields: DeShields doubled to left
            • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Reddick doubled to deep right center
            • E. Gattis: Gattis singled to center, Reddick scored
            • D. Fisher: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gattis stole second, Strike looking, Fisher struck out looking
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • A. Beltre: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • J. Profar: Ball, Strike looking, Profar grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
            • B. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, McCann popped out to third
            • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, DeShields grounded out to catcher
            • S. Choo: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
            • N. Mazara: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve struck out looking
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Foul, Bregman grounded out to third
            • C. Correa: Foul, Strike looking, Correa grounded out to third
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)