Morton leaves Astros' 6-2 win over Angels due to shoulder

HOUSTON (AP) Charlie Morton's start was going to be short; Astros manager A.J. Hinch just didn't think this short.

After noticing a dip in velocity, Morton left Houston's 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday after one inning because of discomfort in his pitching shoulder. That is a potential problem for the World Series champions, who opened a 4 1/2-game lead over second-place Oakland entering the finakl week as they close in on consecutive AL West titles.

''He's battling,'' Hinch said. ''This is as long as he's pitched into a season, obviously, where we've kind of nursed him at the end. If it was a playoff game, we could have kept pushing him out there.

''He was willing to go back out there. I didn't love the velocity early, and I didn't want to risk anything given the situation that we're in. I think he'll respond fine.''

Morton was not available for comment after the game. The Astros said he left to ballpark to be evaluated by a doctor and then went home to be with his wife, who is expecting a child.

Hinch said the Astros planned for Morton to pitch three to four innings.

The 34-year-old right-hander did not pitch for the Astros from Aug. 28 until Sept. 8 because of right shoulder discomfort. He won his first two starts following his stint on the disabled list, allowing four runs in 11 innings.

Morton threw 24 pitches in the first. He gave up a double to Justin Upton, who scored from second on a wild pitch in the dirt that bounced off the glove of catcher Martin Maldonado, who initially had trouble finding the ball.

''We thought it was going to be a little bit of a shorter start for Charlie; it was a little bit shorter than we even expected,'' Hinch said.

Morton is expected to get another start before the regular season ends, Hinch said and that could come in Baltimore next weekend.

Yuli Gurriel hit a two-run homer, giving him three homers and 10 RBIs in the three-game series, and Evan Gattis had three hits and two RBIs.

''I'm really just happy to help the team at this time especially with the previous games not going so well,'' Gurriel said through a translator. ''Doing our job is really important for us.''

Gurriel hit a two-run homer in the first, extending his hitting streak to nine games, and Gattis added an RBI single for a 3-1 lead.

Framber Valdez (4-1) followed Morton and struck out a career-high nine in six innings, allowing one run and three hits. He had been scheduled to start Wednesday at Toronto.

''I had a lot of things I needed to improve upon from my previous outings,'' Valdez said. ''So, I worked on it in the bullpen and my throwing program and working on these things, especially with my mechanics and my command I felt very good coming into the game to be able to apply these into the game today.''

Tyler Skaggs (8-9) gave up four runs and five hits in 2 1/3 innings, the fourth straight start he failed to last four innings. Skaggs has given up 22 runs in that span.

''Felt good. You know thought I made some good pitches, thought I made some bad pitches,'' Skaggs said. ''Overall just a rough day. They hit my mistakes and falling behind in the count it's tough to pitch against a team like this.''

Gattis added an RBI single in the fifth off Jim Johnson, and Angels rookie Jose Briceno homered in the sixth. Josh Reddick drew a bases-loaded, four-pitch walk from Williams Jerez in the seventh.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: OF Mike Trout was given the day off. ... INF Jose Fernandez is day to day after being hit by a pitch on the right hand in the first inning of Saturday's game. Scioscia said the hand is sore ... INF Andrelton Simmons left Sunday's game after jamming his right knee in the seventh inning on a play, according to Scioscia. Simmons said his knee is sore but hopes to be able to play Monday at Texas.

Astros: OF George Springer was given the day off. ... INF Carlos Correa was held out of the lineup for the fourth straight game.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Felix Pena (3-5, 4.20 ERA) will open a series Monday at Texas.

Astros: LHP Dallas Keuchel (11-11, 3.71 ERA) starts Monday's series opener at Toronto. He has given up 12 runs in his last three starts and is seeking his first win since Sept. 3.

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LAA75-81
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  • W: F. Valdez (4-1)L: T. Skaggs (8-9)
  • HR: LAA - J. Briceno (4), HOU - Y. Gurriel (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Calhoun RF40100020.207.280.368.6480.0
J. Upton LF31100010.262.347.471.8183.5
S. Ohtani DH40000033.281.364.560.923-1.5
A. Simmons SS30000002.296.340.424.7640.0
T. Ward 3B10000010.165.232.270.502-0.5
F. Arcia C20000000.228.253.478.7310.0
a- J. Briceno PH-C21111000.230.281.354.6356.0
J. Marte 1B30000120.212.256.337.5930.0
K. Cowart 3B-SS40100021.128.212.245.4561.0
M. Hermosillo CF20000101.204.264.286.5501.0
S. Johnson 2B30000022.000.143.000.143-1.0
  • a-homered for Arcia in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Altuve 2B41100101.317.388.456.8453.0
A. Bregman SS-3B51100012.288.396.535.9311.5
Y. Gurriel 3B-1B52221012.288.321.431.7528.5
T. White 1B30200000.293.373.576.9493.0
M. Straw PR-RF01000000.000.000.000.0001.0
M. Gonzalez LF-SS31210102.251.328.418.7456.0
E. Gattis DH30320100.232.288.466.7546.0
J. Reddick RF-LF30010115.240.318.389.7071.5
M. Maldonado C40000016.227.279.357.637-0.5
J. Marisnick CF40100010.202.259.369.6290.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Upton (17), K. Cowart (6)
    • HR - J. Briceno (4)
    • RBI - J. Briceno (9)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Simmons 2 (2), M. Hermosillo, S. Johnson 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Gonzalez (25)
    • HR - Y. Gurriel (13)
    • RBI - Y. Gurriel 2 (84), M. Gonzalez (67), E. Gattis 2 (77), J. Reddick (45)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Gattis 2 (30), J. Reddick (18)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Gurriel, J. Reddick 2 (2), M. Maldonado 6 (6)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Simmons-Marte; Cowart-Johnson-Marte)
    • E - M. Hermosillo
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Skaggs (L, 8-9)2.15441013.911.32-9.0
    J. Tazawa0.20001107.431.88-0.5
    C. Bedrosian1.00000103.861.403.5
    J. Johnson1.03110003.821.39-1.0
    D. McGuire1.01000006.081.682.0
    O. Despaigne0.22111106.751.89-3.5
    W. Jerez0.10001105.841.70-0.5
    M. Almonte1.010001012.001.832.5
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Morton1.01110203.181.172.0
    F. Valdez (W, 4-1)6.03112912.081.2126.5
    C. McHugh1.00000202.070.894.0
    W. Harris1.00000003.581.083.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Morton1.0
    F. Valdez (W, 4-1)6.0
    C. McHugh1.0
    W. Harris1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - T. Skaggs (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 54-35, J. Tazawa 11-7, C. Bedrosian 5-5, J. Johnson 12-10, D. McGuire 12-9, O. Despaigne 23-12, W. Jerez 9-3, M. Almonte 18-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 1-6, C. Bedrosian 1-1, J. Johnson 2-0, D. McGuire 1-1, O. Despaigne 1-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 14, J. Tazawa 3, C. Bedrosian 3, J. Johnson 5, D. McGuire 3, O. Despaigne 5, W. Jerez 2, M. Almonte 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Morton (3)
    • HBP - F. Valdez (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 24-15, F. Valdez 95-59, C. McHugh 13-9, W. Harris 8-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 1-0, F. Valdez 8-1, C. McHugh 1-0, W. Harris 3-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Morton 4, F. Valdez 24, C. McHugh 3, W. Harris 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Calhoun RF40100020.207.280.368.6480.0
    J. Upton LF31100010.262.347.471.8183.5
    S. Ohtani DH40000033.281.364.560.923-1.5
    A. Simmons SS30000002.296.340.424.7640.0
    T. Ward 3B10000010.165.232.270.502-0.5
    F. Arcia C20000000.228.253.478.7310.0
    a- J. Briceno PH-C21111000.230.281.354.6356.0
    J. Marte 1B30000120.212.256.337.5930.0
    K. Cowart 3B-SS40100021.128.212.245.4561.0
    M. Hermosillo CF20000101.204.264.286.5501.0
    S. Johnson 2B30000022.000.143.000.143-1.0
    Total3124112139-----
    • a-homered for Arcia in the 6th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Altuve 2B41100101.317.388.456.8453.0
    A. Bregman SS-3B51100012.288.396.535.9311.5
    Y. Gurriel 3B-1B52221012.288.321.431.7528.5
    T. White 1B30200000.293.373.576.9493.0
    M. Straw PR-RF01000000.000.000.000.0001.0
    M. Gonzalez LF-SS31210102.251.328.418.7456.0
    E. Gattis DH30320100.232.288.466.7546.0
    J. Reddick RF-LF30010115.240.318.389.7071.5
    M. Maldonado C40000016.227.279.357.637-0.5
    J. Marisnick CF40100010.202.259.369.6290.5
    Total34612614518-----
    HITTERSAB
    J. Altuve 2B4
    A. Bregman SS-3B5
    Y. Gurriel 3B-1B5
    T. White 1B3
    M. Straw PR-RF0
    M. Gonzalez LF-SS3
    E. Gattis DH3
    J. Reddick RF-LF3
    M. Maldonado C4
    J. Marisnick CF4
    Total34
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Upton (17), K. Cowart (6)
      • HR - J. Briceno (4)
      • RBI - J. Briceno (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Simmons 2 (2), M. Hermosillo, S. Johnson 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Gonzalez (25)
      • HR - Y. Gurriel (13)
      • RBI - Y. Gurriel 2 (84), M. Gonzalez (67), E. Gattis 2 (77), J. Reddick (45)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Gattis 2 (30), J. Reddick (18)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Gurriel, J. Reddick 2 (2), M. Maldonado 6 (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Simmons-Marte; Cowart-Johnson-Marte)
      • E - M. Hermosillo
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Skaggs (L, 8-9)2.15441013.911.32-9.0
      J. Tazawa0.20001107.431.88-0.5
      C. Bedrosian1.00000103.861.403.5
      J. Johnson1.03110003.821.39-1.0
      D. McGuire1.01000006.081.682.0
      O. Despaigne0.22111106.751.89-3.5
      W. Jerez0.10001105.841.70-0.5
      M. Almonte1.010001012.001.832.5
      Total8.01266451---
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton1.01110203.181.172.0
      F. Valdez (W, 4-1)6.03112912.081.2126.5
      C. McHugh1.00000202.070.894.0
      W. Harris1.00000003.581.083.0
      Total9.04222131---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton1.0
      F. Valdez (W, 4-1)6.0
      C. McHugh1.0
      W. Harris1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. Skaggs (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 54-35, J. Tazawa 11-7, C. Bedrosian 5-5, J. Johnson 12-10, D. McGuire 12-9, O. Despaigne 23-12, W. Jerez 9-3, M. Almonte 18-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 1-6, C. Bedrosian 1-1, J. Johnson 2-0, D. McGuire 1-1, O. Despaigne 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 14, J. Tazawa 3, C. Bedrosian 3, J. Johnson 5, D. McGuire 3, O. Despaigne 5, W. Jerez 2, M. Almonte 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Morton (3)
      • HBP - F. Valdez (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 24-15, F. Valdez 95-59, C. McHugh 13-9, W. Harris 8-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 1-0, F. Valdez 8-1, C. McHugh 1-0, W. Harris 3-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 4, F. Valdez 24, C. McHugh 3, W. Harris 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Reddick walked, Straw scored, Gonzalez to third, Gattis to second26
      • 6TH INNING
        Briceno homered to left25
      • 5TH INNING
        Gattis singled to left, Gurriel scored15
      • 3RD INNING
        Gonzalez singled to left, Bregman scored, White to second14
      • 1ST INNING
        Gattis singled to center, Gonzalez scored, Gattis to second on center fielder Hermosillo throwing error13
        Gurriel homered to left, Altuve scored12
        Upton scored on wild pitch10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Will Harris relieved Collin McHugh
        • J. Briceno: Strike looking, Ball, Briceno grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Marte: Ball, Ball, Marte grounded out to third
        • K. Cowart: Ball, Cowart grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Collin McHugh relieved Framber Valdez
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Foul, Ohtani grounded out to first
        • T. Ward: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ward struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Miguel Almonte relieved Williams Jerez
        • J. Marisnick: Marisnick flied out to center
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bregman lined out to center
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Gurriel struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • F. Valdez Pitching:
        • M. Hermosillo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Hermosillo flied out to deep right
        • S. Johnson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Johnson grounded out to second
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Calhoun struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Odrisamer Despaigne relieved Deck McGuire
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel grounded out to pitcher
        • T. White: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, White singled to left center
        • Myles Straw ran for Tyler White
        • M. Gonzalez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez walked, Straw to second
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gattis reached on an infield single to shortstop, Straw to third, Gonzalez to second
        • Williams Jerez relieved Odrisamer Despaigne
        • Taylor Ward at third base
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reddick walked, Straw scored, Gonzalez to third, Gattis to second
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Maldonado struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • F. Valdez Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Simmons grounded out to shortstop
        • Jose Briceno hit for Francisco Arcia
        • J. Briceno: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Briceno homered to left
        • J. Marte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
        • K. Cowart: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Cowart struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Deck McGuire relieved Jim Johnson
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Maldonado popped out to shortstop
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Marisnick singled to left
        • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded out to second, Marisnick out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • F. Valdez Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Upton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Upton grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Ohtani: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jim Johnson relieved Cam Bedrosian
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel singled to left
        • T. White: Ball, Foul, White singled to center, Gurriel to second
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop, Gurriel to third, White out at second
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike looking, Gattis singled to left, Gurriel scored
        • J. Reddick: Foul, Reddick grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • F. Valdez Pitching:
        • F. Arcia: Strike looking, Arcia grounded out to second
        • J. Marte: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Marte walked
        • K. Cowart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cowart struck out swinging
        • M. Hermosillo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hermosillo walked, Marte to second
        • S. Johnson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Johnson struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Cam Bedrosian relieved Junichi Tazawa
        • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded out to second
        • A. Bregman: Bregman flied out to deep center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • F. Valdez Pitching:
        • S. Johnson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Johnson struck out swinging
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Calhoun singled to right
        • J. Upton: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Upton hit by pitch, Calhoun to second
        • S. Ohtani: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Ohtani struck out looking
        • A. Simmons: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Simmons grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Bregman singled to left
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Gurriel popped out to first
        • T. White: Ball, White hit by pitch, Bregman to second
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez singled to left, Bregman scored, White to second
        • Junichi Tazawa relieved Tyler Skaggs
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gattis walked, White to third, Gonzalez to second
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado flied out to left
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Framber Valdez relieved Charlie Morton
        • F. Arcia: Arcia grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Marte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
        • K. Cowart: Ball, Cowart doubled to right
        • M. Hermosillo: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Hermosillo grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado flied out to left
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Marisnick popped out to second
        • J. Altuve: Altuve popped out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • J. Upton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Upton doubled to left
        • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
        • A. Simmons: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Upton scored on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Simmons grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve walked
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman grounded out to third, Altuve to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gurriel homered to left, Altuve scored
        • T. White: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, White fouled out to right
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez doubled to left
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Gattis singled to center, Gonzalez scored, Gattis to second on center fielder Hermosillo throwing error
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Foul, Reddick lined out to center
        • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)