Morton plunks AL record 4, but Astros beat Rangers 4-3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Charlie Morton couldn't do much to correct an erratic outing that the Houston right-hander ripped as ''bordering on embarrassing.''

George Springer and the Astros found a way to beat the Rangers anyway for a shot at a four-game road sweep of their Texas rivals.

Springer hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning after Morton tied an American League record by hitting four batters, and the Astros beat the Rangers 4-3 on Saturday night.

Morton also issued a career-high six walks as the Astros allowed 10 walks, a season high. But the Rangers tied a club record with 17 runners left on base in a nine-inning game, most in the majors without extra innings this season.

''I got away with not knowing where the ball was going,'' Morton said. ''It's a pretty unprofessional outing right there, bordering on embarrassing. You hit four guys and walk I don't know how many more.''

The hard-throwing 34-year-old who had a 10-game winning streak stopped in his previous start gave up two runs without allowing a hit in the second. The only hit Morton surrendered in 3 2/3 innings was a third-inning double from Ronald Guzman that didn't factor in the scoring.

After hitting Rougned Odor and walking Robinson Chirinos and Guzman in the second, Morton struck out Shin-Soo Choo before Delino DeShields hit a chopper up the middle that second baseman Jose Altuve fumbled for an error as Odor scored. Nomar Mazara followed with a sacrifice fly for an unearned run and a 2-2 tie.

''He just looked out of whack from the very beginning, delivery, timing, execution,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. ''He was doing things that he never does, hitting left-handers with back-foot breaking balls, misfiring on a lot of fastballs. Just the entire game was a fight for him within himself.''

Reliever Brad Peacock hit Isiah Kiner-Falefa with his final pitch in the sixth to break Houston's franchise record with five hit batters.

The Rangers also set a club record by getting hit five times but the worst hitting team in the majors with runners in scoring position went 1 for 17 in those situations. Texas stranded 12 runners in scoring position. The Astros struck out 10, six of them called.

''It's not that they weren't in the fight,'' Texas manager Jeff Banister said. ''We just didn't get the hits. It doesn't feel good, but I'll continue to take our chances. We put 20 baserunners out there. We continue to do that every night, this offense will find a way to spark.''

Tony Sipp (1-0) struck out the first three hitters he faced in the sixth and seventh, and Hector Rondon got pinch-hitter Adrian Beltre to bounce into a game-ending double play for his second save.

Springer's go-ahead single landed just in front of a sprinting Joey Gallo in left field against Jose Leclerc (1-2) after Guzman's RBI single had pulled Texas even in the fifth.

Max Stassi homered leading off the fifth for Houston, and Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel had run-scoring hits in the first.

THAT'LL LEAVE A MARK

According to research from the Rangers, only two other pitching staffs have combined to hit five batters in a game since 2002. Both were in 2017: San Diego against St. Louis and Toronto against Atlanta. In baseball-reference.com archives dating to 1908, the 2001 Angels were the only other team to win a game after hitting at least five batters.

SHORT HOPS

The last AL pitcher to hit four batters in a game was Orlando Hernandez with the Chicago White Sox in 2005. Morton now shares the franchise record with the late Darryl Kile, who hit four against St. Louis in 1996. ... Texas' Jurickson Profar was hit twice in a game for the first time in his career. ... Three of Houston's walks went to Choo, who reached base in his 25th straight game to extend his majors-leading streak. ... The Rangers have twice stranded 17 runners in a nine-inning game, most recently in 2007.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: SS Carlos Correa missed a third straight game with soreness on his right side. Manager A.J. Hinch said Correa could be available Sunday if he doesn't start, and the club is optimistic he will be ready after an off day Monday.

Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus took live batting practice for the second straight day and will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Monday. He broke his right elbow when he was hit by a pitch April 11 against the LA Angels.

UP NEXT

The Astros go for a four-game sweep with LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-8, 4.13 ERA), who is tied for the major league lead in losses. The 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner pitched seven scoreless innings against Texas in his most recent victory May 13. LHP Matt Moore (1-5, 7.47) is 0-3 in six home starts for the Rangers after an NL-leading 15 losses last year with San Francisco.

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TEX27-40
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  • W: T. Sipp (1-0)L: J. Leclerc (1-2)S: H. Rondon (2)
  • HR: HOU - M. Stassi (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF-CF31210101.292.363.506.8697.0
A. Bregman 3B41110004.267.378.449.8264.0
J. Altuve 2B40100002.340.384.466.8511.0
Y. Gurriel 1B40210001.282.305.361.6673.0
E. Gattis DH40000011.234.299.451.750-0.5
M. Gonzalez SS30000110.240.309.365.6740.5
M. Stassi C32111101.259.339.500.8398.0
T. Kemp LF40200001.295.380.410.7903.0
J. Marisnick CF20000021.153.174.280.453-1.0
a- J. Reddick PH-RF10000002.221.325.393.7180.0
  • a-flied out for Marisnick in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Choo DH30000315.268.378.455.8332.5
D. DeShields CF20010204.202.299.289.5893.0
a- A. Beltre PH10000002.288.345.400.7450.0
N. Mazara RF40010015.262.333.492.8250.5
J. Profar SS20100101.241.318.448.7666.0
J. Gallo LF30000225.203.297.466.7621.0
I. Kiner-Falefa 3B40000036.239.320.339.659-0.5
R. Odor 2B42100013.212.271.303.5744.5
R. Chirinos C31100113.200.307.394.7013.5
C. Tocci PR00000000.080.148.080.2280.0
R. Guzman 1B40210111.222.296.431.7274.5
  • a-grounded into a double play for DeShields in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Bregman (20), T. Kemp (4)
  • HR - M. Stassi (6)
  • RBI - G. Springer (40), A. Bregman (31), Y. Gurriel (22), M. Stassi (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - G. Springer (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Odor (9), R. Guzman (7)
  • SF - N. Mazara
  • SH - D. DeShields (4)
  • RBI - D. DeShields (8), N. Mazara (42), R. Guzman (28)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - G. Springer (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Profar (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Bregman-Altuve-Gurriel)
  • E - J. Altuve (3)
  • PB - M. Stassi (4)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - N. Mazara (5)
  • DP - 3 (Kiner-Falefa-Odor-Guzman; Odor-Profar-Guzman; Odor-Guzman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Morton3.21216402.821.123.0
B. Peacock1.23111202.701.09-1.0
T. Sipp (W, 1-0)1.00001302.631.1010.5
C. Devenski (H, 13)1.20001101.751.012.5
H. Rondon (S, 2)1.01001001.571.138.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Morton3.2
B. Peacock1.2
T. Sipp (W, 1-0)1.0
C. Devenski (H, 13)1.2
H. Rondon (S, 2)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Minor6.06331415.651.3313.0
J. Leclerc (L, 1-2)1.02111001.991.01-6.0
C. Martin1.01000003.921.212.0
J. Diekman1.00001003.221.572.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Minor6.0
J. Leclerc (L, 1-2)1.0
C. Martin1.0
J. Diekman1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Morton 4 (8), B. Peacock
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 87-47, B. Peacock 39-26, T. Sipp 20-12, C. Devenski 18-11, H. Rondon 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 3-5, B. Peacock 2-1, C. Devenski 2-2, H. Rondon 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Morton 23, B. Peacock 10, T. Sipp 4, C. Devenski 6, H. Rondon 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 91-57, J. Leclerc 30-17, C. Martin 10-6, J. Diekman 10-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 4-8, C. Martin 1-1, J. Diekman 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Minor 23, J. Leclerc 6, C. Martin 3, J. Diekman 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF-CF31210101.292.363.506.8697.0
A. Bregman 3B41110004.267.378.449.8264.0
J. Altuve 2B40100002.340.384.466.8511.0
Y. Gurriel 1B40210001.282.305.361.6673.0
E. Gattis DH40000011.234.299.451.750-0.5
M. Gonzalez SS30000110.240.309.365.6740.5
M. Stassi C32111101.259.339.500.8398.0
T. Kemp LF40200001.295.380.410.7903.0
J. Marisnick CF20000021.153.174.280.453-1.0
a- J. Reddick PH-RF10000002.221.325.393.7180.0
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  • a-flied out for Marisnick in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Choo DH30000315.268.378.455.8332.5
D. DeShields CF20010204.202.299.289.5893.0
a- A. Beltre PH10000002.288.345.400.7450.0
N. Mazara RF40010015.262.333.492.8250.5
J. Profar SS20100101.241.318.448.7666.0
J. Gallo LF30000225.203.297.466.7621.0
I. Kiner-Falefa 3B40000036.239.320.339.659-0.5
R. Odor 2B42100013.212.271.303.5744.5
R. Chirinos C31100113.200.307.394.7013.5
C. Tocci PR00000000.080.148.080.2280.0
R. Guzman 1B40210111.222.296.431.7274.5
Total303530101035-----
  • a-grounded into a double play for DeShields in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Bregman (20), T. Kemp (4)
  • HR - M. Stassi (6)
  • RBI - G. Springer (40), A. Bregman (31), Y. Gurriel (22), M. Stassi (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - G. Springer (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Odor (9), R. Guzman (7)
  • SF - N. Mazara
  • SH - D. DeShields (4)
  • RBI - D. DeShields (8), N. Mazara (42), R. Guzman (28)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - G. Springer (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Profar (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Bregman-Altuve-Gurriel)
  • E - J. Altuve (3)
  • PB - M. Stassi (4)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - N. Mazara (5)
  • DP - 3 (Kiner-Falefa-Odor-Guzman; Odor-Profar-Guzman; Odor-Guzman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Morton3.21216402.821.123.0
B. Peacock1.23111202.701.09-1.0
T. Sipp (W, 1-0)1.00001302.631.1010.5
C. Devenski (H, 13)1.20001101.751.012.5
H. Rondon (S, 2)1.01001001.571.138.0
Total9.053210100---
PITCHERSIP
C. Morton3.2
B. Peacock1.2
T. Sipp (W, 1-0)1.0
C. Devenski (H, 13)1.2
H. Rondon (S, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Minor6.06331415.651.3313.0
J. Leclerc (L, 1-2)1.02111001.991.01-6.0
C. Martin1.01000003.921.212.0
J. Diekman1.00001003.221.572.0
Total9.0944341---
PITCHERSIP
M. Minor6.0
J. Leclerc (L, 1-2)1.0
C. Martin1.0
J. Diekman1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Morton 4 (8), B. Peacock
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 87-47, B. Peacock 39-26, T. Sipp 20-12, C. Devenski 18-11, H. Rondon 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 3-5, B. Peacock 2-1, C. Devenski 2-2, H. Rondon 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Morton 23, B. Peacock 10, T. Sipp 4, C. Devenski 6, H. Rondon 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 91-57, J. Leclerc 30-17, C. Martin 10-6, J. Diekman 10-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 4-8, C. Martin 1-1, J. Diekman 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Minor 23, J. Leclerc 6, C. Martin 3, J. Diekman 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Springer singled to left, Stassi scored, Kemp to third43
  • 5TH INNING
    Guzman singled to shallow left, Odor scored33
    Stassi homered to center32
  • 2ND INNING
    Mazara hit sacrifice fly to left, Chirinos scored22
    DeShields reached on fielder's choice to second, Odor scored, Chirinos to third, Guzman to second on 2nd baseman Altuve fielding error21
  • 1ST INNING
    Gurriel singled to left center, Bregman scored20
    Bregman doubled to deep left, Springer scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jake Diekman relieved Chris Martin
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
    • M. Stassi: Ball, Ball, Stassi flied out to right
    • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp grounded into double play second to first, Gonzalez out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Hector Rondon relieved Chris Devenski
    • R. Chirinos: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Chirinos singled to right
    • Carlos Tocci ran for Robinson Chirinos
    • R. Guzman: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Guzman grounded out to second, Tocci to second
    • S. Choo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choo walked
    • Adrian Beltre hit for Delino DeShields
    • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Beltre grounded into double play third to second to first, Choo out at second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Chris Martin relieved Jose Leclerc
    • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve singled to right
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Gurriel grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Altuve out at second
    • E. Gattis: Foul, Ball, Gattis fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Devenski Pitching:
    • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Profar walked
    • J. Gallo: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Profar stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
    • I. Kiner-Falefa: Pickoff attempt, Kiner-Falefa flied out to center
    • R. Odor: Odor flied out to center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Jose Leclerc relieved Mike Minor
    • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to center
    • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Stassi walked
    • T. Kemp: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kemp singled to shallow right, Stassi to second
    • Josh Reddick hit for Jake Marisnick
    • J. Reddick: Reddick flied out to center
    • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Springer singled to left, Stassi scored, Kemp to third
    • A. Bregman: Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Springer stole second, Foul, Bregman flied out to shallow left
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Sipp Pitching:
    • R. Guzman: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
    • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Choo walked
    • Chris Devenski relieved Tony Sipp
    • D. DeShields: DeShields hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Choo to second
    • N. Mazara: Ball, Mazara grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Minor Pitching:
    • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve flied out to deep center
    • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel singled to deep right, Gurriel out at second
    • E. Gattis: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gattis struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Peacock Pitching:
    • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Profar singled to left
    • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
    • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Kiner-Falefa hit by pitch, Profar to second
    • Tony Sipp relieved Brad Peacock
    • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Odor struck out looking
    • R. Chirinos: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Minor Pitching:
    • M. Stassi: Stassi homered to center
    • T. Kemp: Kemp doubled to deep right center
    • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
    • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Springer grounded out to third
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman popped out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Peacock Pitching:
    • R. Odor: Foul, Odor doubled to deep left
    • R. Chirinos: Foul, Ball, Chirinos grounded out to shortstop, Odor to third
    • R. Guzman: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Guzman singled to shallow left, Odor scored
    • S. Choo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Guzman to second on passed ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choo walked
    • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, DeShields reached on fielder's choice to second, Guzman to third, Choo out at second
    • N. Mazara: Mazara flied out to left
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Minor Pitching:
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gurriel flied out to deep right
    • E. Gattis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gattis popped out to shortstop
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Morton Pitching:
    • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, DeShields walked
    • N. Mazara: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Mazara struck out looking
    • J. Profar: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Profar grounded out to second, DeShields to second
    • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked
    • Brad Peacock relieved Charlie Morton
    • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Minor Pitching:
    • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Marisnick struck out on foul tip
    • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Springer singled to shallow left center
    • A. Bregman: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bregman lined out to center
    • J. Altuve: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Altuve lined out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Morton Pitching:
    • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa struck out looking
    • R. Odor: Strike swinging, Ball, Odor grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Chirinos: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Chirinos hit by pitch
    • R. Guzman: Guzman doubled to shallow left, Chirinos to third
    • S. Choo: Choo lined out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Minor Pitching:
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez lined out to center
    • M. Stassi: Stassi grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Kemp: Ball, Foul, Ball, Kemp grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Morton Pitching:
    • R. Odor: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Odor hit by pitch
    • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos walked, Odor to second
    • R. Guzman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Guzman walked, Odor to third, Chirinos to second
    • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
    • D. DeShields: DeShields reached on fielder's choice to second, Odor scored, Chirinos to third, Guzman to second on 2nd baseman Altuve fielding error
    • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Mazara hit sacrifice fly to left, Chirinos scored
    • J. Profar: Foul, Ball, Profar hit by pitch, Guzman to third, DeShields to second
    • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Ball, Gallo flied out to left
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Minor Pitching:
    • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bregman doubled to deep left, Springer scored
    • J. Altuve: Foul, Altuve flied out to deep right, Bregman to third
    • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel singled to left center, Bregman scored
    • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Gattis grounded into double play third to second to first, Gurriel out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Morton Pitching:
    • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Choo lined out to right
    • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, DeShields walked
    • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Mazara lined out to center
    • J. Profar: Ball, Profar hit by pitch, DeShields to second
    • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked, DeShields to third, Profar to second
    • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)