Morton throws 7 strong innings in Astros' 4-1 win

HOUSTON (AP) Charlie Morton doesn't think he's pitched that well this season.

After another strong outing Friday night, that's hard to believe.

Morton pitched seven solid innings, Tony Kemp had a tiebreaking RBI double in the seventh and the Houston Astros beat the Cleveland Indians 4-1 for their third straight win.

''I thought it was OK,'' Morton said. ''I thought I made some really good pitches and I thought I got away with some really bad pitches.''

Morton (6-0) allowed one run and four hits with eight strikeouts in extending his career-high winning streak to nine straight dating back to last September. He lowered his ERA to 1.94.

''I think I'm surprised at how effective my four-seamer is and it's made my job easier,'' Morton said. ''I don't feel like I'm really pitching that well. I'm not really executing a ton of pitches. My stuff is playing in the zone pretty well.''

Morton retired 19 of the first 21 batters.

''Really good fastball, really good breaking ball, occasional split and really just one pitch that leaked over the middle of the plate to (Edwin) Encarnacion,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. ''I'm really happy that our team responded and he got the win. But an excellent performance and very methodical for him of the way he's been pitching.''

After Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger (3-1) walked Marwin Gonzalez and Derek Fisher to lead off the seventh, Brian McCann popped out before Kemp hit his RBI ground-rule double down the right-field line to give Houston a 2-1 lead.

''I was just trying to put something in play right there,'' Kemp said. ''I just got a heater I could handle and luckily it stayed within the line.''

George Springer followed with a grounder to Kipnis, but Fisher beat the throw home.

''That's unfortunate that happened,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said of the two walks to leadoff the seventh. ''I didn't think he just shied away though. I think he just missed his spots.''

Evan Gattis added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Springer gave the Astros a 1-0 lead with a solo home run to left in the third.

Edwin Encarnacion tied it in the seventh with a solo home run to right. The Indians have lost three of their last four.

Chris Devenski pitched the eighth, inducing a popup by Yonder Alonso to strand the bases loaded. Ken Giles pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

Clevinger allowed three runs, eight hits and four walks with six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

''More of a tip of the cap to the defense,'' Clevinger said. ''I feel like I was kind of erratic at times. I made some pitches, and the defense was there to back me up.''

Clevinger has allowed fewer than three runs in each of his last four starts.

MOMENT FOR SANTA FE

The Astros held a moment of silence prior to the game and flew the Texas flags at Minute Maid Park at half-staff in support of the victims and their families connected to the shooting that killed 10 people at Santa Fe High School earlier in the day. Santa Fe is roughly 30 miles southeast of Houston.

THE NAME'S ''TYLER''

Indians RHP Trevor Bauer wrote the name ''Tyler'' on a piece of tape and put it above Bauer on the back of his jersey. Bauer had a Twitter fight with several Astros players earlier this month after insinuating their pitchers were using sticky substances. Astros SS Alex Bregman replied to Bauer on Twitter, calling him Tyler. Bauer later denied that he was accusing the Astros of cheating.

HE SAID IT

''There's not much room for error. They are pretty loaded top to bottom. We are right there from top to bottom. We are right there with them. There's not anything they have that we don't have. They aren't that special.'' - Clevinger said of the Astros' lineup.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: OF Josh Reddick was scratched from the lineup about 2 1/2 hours before first pitch with left leg irritation.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (6-2) will make his tenth start of the season in the second game of the three-game series Saturday. Kluber has allowed three runs or fewer in every start this season and each of his last 21 starts dating back to last season.

Astros: LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-5) takes the mound Saturday looking for his third straight win. Keuchel, who is 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA in his career against the Indians, has gone at least seven innings in each of his last four starts.

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  • W: C. Morton (6-0)L: M. Clevinger (3-1)S: K. Giles (7)
  • HR: CLE - E. Encarnacion (10), HOU - G. Springer (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Brantley LF40100010.336.372.560.9320.5
J. Ramirez 3B40100000.295.384.608.9931.0
E. Encarnacion DH31211110.215.291.436.7277.5
Y. Alonso 1B40100014.221.283.434.7180.5
J. Kipnis 2B30000112.171.259.250.5090.5
Y. Gomes C40200002.264.339.453.7922.0
G. Allen RF40100033.200.200.267.467-0.5
R. Davis CF40000002.218.262.256.5180.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF31221101.294.359.503.86111.0
    A. Bregman 3B40100015.259.376.398.7730.5
    J. Altuve 2B40100003.308.361.411.7721.0
    C. Correa SS31100100.282.374.494.8683.0
    Y. Gurriel DH-1B40200003.270.303.377.6802.0
    M. Gonzalez 1B-LF31100112.221.303.317.6202.5
    D. Fisher CF21000122.176.222.419.6411.0
    a- E. Gattis PH00010000.212.274.372.6461.0
    M. Stassi C20000022.281.352.500.852-1.0
    b- B. McCann PH-C20000003.255.360.383.7430.0
    T. Kemp LF-CF30210010.500.500.6671.1675.5
    HITTERSAB
    G. Springer RF3
    A. Bregman 3B4
    J. Altuve 2B4
    C. Correa SS3
    Y. Gurriel DH-1B4
    M. Gonzalez 1B-LF3
    D. Fisher CF2
    a- E. Gattis PH0
    M. Stassi C2
    b- B. McCann PH-C2
    T. Kemp LF-CF3
    • a-hit a sacrifice fly for Fisher in the 8th
    • b-popped out for Stassi in the 7th
    BATTING
    • HR - E. Encarnacion (10)
    • RBI - E. Encarnacion (23)
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Kemp
    • HR - G. Springer (9)
    • SF - E. Gattis
    • RBI - G. Springer 2 (28), E. Gattis (15), T. Kemp
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - G. Springer, T. Kemp
    • Picked Off - A. Bregman (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Ramirez-Alonso; Ramirez-Alonso; Ramirez-Kipnis)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Clevinger (L, 3-1)6.18334612.871.164.0
    N. Ramirez0.22110104.501.00-2.5
    T. Olson0.10000006.081.130.0
    Z. McAllister0.20000007.161.470.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Clevinger (L, 3-1)6.1
    N. Ramirez0.2
    T. Olson0.1
    Z. McAllister0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Morton (W, 6-0)7.04111811.940.9329.0
    C. Devenski (H, 8)1.02001001.060.940.0
    K. Giles (S, 7)1.02000103.770.988.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Morton (W, 6-0)7.0
    C. Devenski (H, 8)1.0
    K. Giles (S, 7)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 106-68, N. Ramirez 13-8, T. Olson 3-2, Z. McAllister 8-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 5-4, N. Ramirez 2-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 27, N. Ramirez 5, T. Olson, Z. McAllister 2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 97-67, C. Devenski 23-14, K. Giles 14-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 6-7, C. Devenski 1-2, K. Giles 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Morton 26, C. Devenski 6, K. Giles 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS50000022.306.379.583.963-1.0
    M. Brantley LF40100010.336.372.560.9320.5
    J. Ramirez 3B40100000.295.384.608.9931.0
    E. Encarnacion DH31211110.215.291.436.7277.5
    Y. Alonso 1B40100014.221.283.434.7180.5
    J. Kipnis 2B30000112.171.259.250.5090.5
    Y. Gomes C40200002.264.339.453.7922.0
    G. Allen RF40100033.200.200.267.467-0.5
    R. Davis CF40000002.218.262.256.5180.0
    Total3518112915-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer RF31221101.294.359.503.86111.0
      A. Bregman 3B40100015.259.376.398.7730.5
      J. Altuve 2B40100003.308.361.411.7721.0
      C. Correa SS31100100.282.374.494.8683.0
      Y. Gurriel DH-1B40200003.270.303.377.6802.0
      M. Gonzalez 1B-LF31100112.221.303.317.6202.5
      D. Fisher CF21000122.176.222.419.6411.0
      a- E. Gattis PH00010000.212.274.372.6461.0
      M. Stassi C20000022.281.352.500.852-1.0
      b- B. McCann PH-C20000003.255.360.383.7430.0
      T. Kemp LF-CF30210010.500.500.6671.1675.5
      Total30410414721-----
      HITTERSAB
      G. Springer RF3
      A. Bregman 3B4
      J. Altuve 2B4
      C. Correa SS3
      Y. Gurriel DH-1B4
      M. Gonzalez 1B-LF3
      D. Fisher CF2
      a- E. Gattis PH0
      M. Stassi C2
      b- B. McCann PH-C2
      T. Kemp LF-CF3
      Total30
      • a-hit a sacrifice fly for Fisher in the 8th
      • b-popped out for Stassi in the 7th
      BATTING
      • HR - E. Encarnacion (10)
      • RBI - E. Encarnacion (23)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Kemp
      • HR - G. Springer (9)
      • SF - E. Gattis
      • RBI - G. Springer 2 (28), E. Gattis (15), T. Kemp
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - G. Springer, T. Kemp
      • Picked Off - A. Bregman (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Ramirez-Alonso; Ramirez-Alonso; Ramirez-Kipnis)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Clevinger (L, 3-1)6.18334612.871.164.0
      N. Ramirez0.22110104.501.00-2.5
      T. Olson0.10000006.081.130.0
      Z. McAllister0.20000007.161.470.0
      Total8.01044471---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Clevinger (L, 3-1)6.1
      N. Ramirez0.2
      T. Olson0.1
      Z. McAllister0.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton (W, 6-0)7.04111811.940.9329.0
      C. Devenski (H, 8)1.02001001.060.940.0
      K. Giles (S, 7)1.02000103.770.988.5
      Total9.0811291---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton (W, 6-0)7.0
      C. Devenski (H, 8)1.0
      K. Giles (S, 7)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 106-68, N. Ramirez 13-8, T. Olson 3-2, Z. McAllister 8-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 5-4, N. Ramirez 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 27, N. Ramirez 5, T. Olson, Z. McAllister 2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 97-67, C. Devenski 23-14, K. Giles 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 6-7, C. Devenski 1-2, K. Giles 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 26, C. Devenski 6, K. Giles 5
      • 8TH INNING
        Gattis hit sacrifice fly to right, Correa scored14
      • 7TH INNING
        Springer reached on fielder's choice to second, Fisher scored, Kemp to third13
        Kemp doubled to right, Gonzalez scored, Fisher to third12
        Encarnacion homered to right11
      • 3RD INNING
        Springer homered to left01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ken Giles pitching
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to first
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gomes singled to shallow center
        • G. Allen: Allen singled to shallow center, Gomes to second
        • R. Davis: Ball, Ball, Davis fouled out to first
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Chris Devenski relieved Charlie Morton
        • R. Davis: Ball, Foul, Davis grounded out to first
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor flied out to left
        • M. Brantley: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Brantley singled to shallow center
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez reached on an infield single to pitcher, Brantley to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked, Brantley to third, Ramirez to second
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Alonso popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • C. Correa: Correa reached on an infield single to third
        • Y. Gurriel: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel singled to shallow center, Correa to second
        • Tyler Olson relieved Neil Ramirez
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to deep right, Correa to third
        • Evan Gattis hit for Derek Fisher
        • Zach McAllister relieved Tyler Olson
        • E. Gattis: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gattis hit sacrifice fly to right, Correa scored
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, McCann flied out to center
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to first
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion homered to right
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso singled to shallow right center
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • Y. Gomes: Gomes singled to left, Alonso to second
        • G. Allen: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Allen struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez walked
        • D. Fisher: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Fisher walked, Gonzalez to second
        • Brian McCann hit for Max Stassi
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, McCann popped out to second
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp doubled to right, Gonzalez scored, Fisher to third
        • Neil Ramirez relieved Mike Clevinger
        • G. Springer: Springer reached on fielder's choice to second, Fisher scored, Kemp to third
        • A. Bregman: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Springer stole second, Strike looking, Bregman struck out looking
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • R. Davis: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Davis grounded out to third
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Brantley grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve grounded out to third
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Correa popped out to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Alonso grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kipnis walked
        • Y. Gomes: Gomes flied out to right
        • G. Allen: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • T. Kemp: Foul, Kemp singled to shallow center
        • G. Springer: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Kemp stole second, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
        • A. Bregman: Bregman reached on a double play third to second, Kemp out at third, Springer out at second
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bregman picked off at first, pitcher to first
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to first
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez lined out to first
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Correa grounded out to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gurriel singled to shallow center
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez singled to right, Gurriel to second
        • D. Fisher: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • G. Allen: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Davis grounded out to shortstop
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor flied out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • T. Kemp: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kemp struck out looking
        • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Springer homered to left
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve lined into double play third to first, Bregman out at first
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion singled to shallow left
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kipnis flied out to deep center
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Gomes flied out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
        • D. Fisher: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
        • M. Stassi: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor popped out to shortstop
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez fouled out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Foul, Springer singled to shallow right
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Bregman flied out to deep right
        • J. Altuve: Altuve singled to shallow left, Springer to second
        • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa walked, Springer to third, Altuve to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel grounded into double play third to first, Altuve out at third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)