Morton, Garcia lead Rays to 4-0 win over Marlins

MIAMI (AP) Making a start 14 hours after a 5:30 am wakeup for a cross-state charter flight wasn't a problem for Charlie Morton. His pitches were working too well for him.

Morton threw six strong innings and Avisail Garcia homered and drove in three runs as the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays beat the Miami Marlins 4-0 on Tuesday night.

Morton (4-0) gave up three hits and struck out five while throwing 82 pitches before he was pulled for a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh inning.

''My sinker was playing pretty well tonight,'' Morton said. ''They were pretty aggressive around the zone. They didn't chase a whole lot, but they were aggressive maybe on pitches that weren't hitters' pitches.''

Garcia had a solo homer and two RBI singles for the Rays in the opener of the two-game series against their cross-state interleague rivals. The sparse crowd of 6,306 also featured a contingent of Rays' fans, whose ''Let's Go Rays'' chants increased as Tampa Bay scored its third run on Kevin Kiermaier's bases loaded walk in the eighth.

Garcia finished the scoring with an infield single with the bases loaded in the ninth.

''A healthy Avi Garcia can beat you in many ways,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''Last year, he was battling injuries. But now he is 100% healthy. He hits the infield single to break the game a little bit more right there.''

Garcia got the Rays on the scoreboard with a leadoff home run in the second. His shot measured at 471 feet landed on the corridor above the center-field wall for his seventh of the season.

''I didn't expect to hit the ball like that,'' Garcia said. ''I've been feeling great since BP. I knew I hit it good. I knew right away it was out - but not that far.''

Garcia doubled the Rays' lead as he greeted Marlins reliever Nick Anderson with a single that scored Tommy Pham. Anderson inherited two runners from Miami starter Caleb Smith, who didn't last past the sixth inning for the first time since his opening start on April 1.

Smith (3-1) allowed two runs and four hits, while striking out eight and walking two in 5 1/3 innings. The Marlins lost their sixth straight and ninth in the last 10.

''We just have to keep grinding and eventually things are going to go our way,'' Smith said.

Relievers Emilio Pagan, Diego Castillo and Chaz Roe pitched the final three innings for Tampa Bay.

Miami was shut out for the eighth time and threatened only in the third after John Berti reached on a two-out infield single and advanced to third on Brian Anderson's single. Morton struck out Neil Walker to end the inning.

''We don't have that one or two guys somewhat in the middle of the order kind of banging for you,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. ''I know guys are getting after it but they're not measuring to what you'd like.''

INCREASING THE PITCH COUNT:

Daniel Robertson struck out twice and walked once in his three plate appearances against Smith but made the Marlins starter expend his pitch count. Smith threw 26 pitches against Robertson, including a 13-pitch at bat in the fourth. Robertson was the last hitter Smith faced in the sixth as he worked a nine-pitch at bat before reaching on the first of his two walks.

''They had good at bats,'' Smith said. ''They fouled pitches off and got me out of the game.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tampa Bay: Sidelined since opening day, INF Matt Duffy (left hamstring tightness) went 1 for 6 in three recent rehab assignments and is scheduled to play five innings Wednesday at Single-A Charlotte.

Miami: RHP Drew Steckenrider (right elbow inflammation) will visit physician James Andrews for a second opinion on his injury. Steckenrider, who split time between setup reliever and closer for the Marlins last season, was placed on the 60-day injured list last week.

UP NEXT

The Rays will go with Ryne Stanek (0-1, 2.57) as their opener in the series finale Wednesday. Stanek has started 10 games in 2019 but has not pitched more than two innings. Jose Urena (1-5, 4.82) will start for the Marlins

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  • W: C. Morton (4-0)L: C. Smith (3-1)
  • HR: TB - A. Garcia (7)
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  • a-walked for d'Arnaud in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Adames in the 8th
  • c-struck out for Morton in the 7th
  • d-struck out for Castillo in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Berti CF40100021.240.328.340.6680.0
B. Anderson 3B40100000.230.311.304.6151.0
N. Walker 1B40200022.295.383.438.8211.0
S. Castro 2B40100002.232.281.297.5781.0
G. Cooper RF30000011.000.125.000.125-0.5
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  • a-flied out for Romo in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - A. Garcia (7)
  • RBI - A. Garcia 3 (17), K. Kiermaier (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Garcia (8), K. Kiermaier (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Bemboom 3 (3), K. Kiermaier 2 (2), B. Lowe 3 (3), C. Morton 2 (2)
BATTING
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Berti, N. Walker 2 (2), S. Castro
BASERUNNING
  • CS - T. Pham (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Adames-Robertson-Choi; Diaz-Lowe-Choi)
  • PB - A. Bemboom
FIELDING
  • DP - (Alfaro-Castro-Walker)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Morton (W, 4-0)6.03000502.321.1327.5
E. Pagan (H, 2)1.01000100.790.442.5
D. Castillo (H, 10)1.01000201.640.913.0
C. Roe1.01000002.771.852.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Morton (W, 4-0)6.0
E. Pagan (H, 2)1.0
D. Castillo (H, 10)1.0
C. Roe1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Smith (L, 3-1)5.14222812.250.926.0
N. Anderson0.21000104.151.15-0.5
T. Guerrero1.00000103.241.323.5
S. Romo1.00114206.231.54-1.0
T. Kinley1.03111205.591.86-1.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Smith (L, 3-1)5.1
N. Anderson0.2
T. Guerrero1.0
S. Romo1.0
T. Kinley1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Castillo (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 82-54, E. Pagan 8-6, D. Castillo 16-11, C. Roe 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 10-3, E. Pagan 1-0, C. Roe 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Morton 21, E. Pagan 3, D. Castillo 4, C. Roe 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Romo
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 106-75, N. Anderson 11-10, T. Guerrero 8-5, S. Romo 27-12, T. Kinley 24-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 3-4, S. Romo 1-0, T. Kinley 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Smith 21, N. Anderson 3, T. Guerrero 3, S. Romo 7, T. Kinley 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Robertson 2B-SS30000222.178.290.271.5611.0
A. Garcia RF41331100.296.358.519.87711.0
T. d'Arnaud C30000012.065.147.065.212-0.5
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A. Bemboom C10000013.000.000.000.000-0.5
K. Kiermaier CF30110112.227.296.383.6792.5
W. Adames SS30000011.231.306.331.637-0.5
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J. Choi 1B40100000.271.355.430.7851.0
C. Morton P20000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
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C. Roe P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-walked for d'Arnaud in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Adames in the 8th
  • c-struck out for Morton in the 7th
  • d-struck out for Castillo in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Berti CF40100021.240.328.340.6680.0
B. Anderson 3B40100000.230.311.304.6151.0
N. Walker 1B40200022.295.383.438.8211.0
S. Castro 2B40100002.232.281.297.5781.0
G. Cooper RF30000011.000.125.000.125-0.5
J. Alfaro C30000010.236.300.373.673-0.5
H. Ramirez LF30100000.286.286.286.5711.0
M. Rojas SS30000011.238.296.285.580-0.5
C. Smith P20000010.063.063.063.125-0.5
N. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Guerrero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Romo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-flied out for Romo in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - A. Garcia (7)
  • RBI - A. Garcia 3 (17), K. Kiermaier (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Garcia (8), K. Kiermaier (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Bemboom 3 (3), K. Kiermaier 2 (2), B. Lowe 3 (3), C. Morton 2 (2)
BATTING
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Berti, N. Walker 2 (2), S. Castro
BASERUNNING
  • CS - T. Pham (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Adames-Robertson-Choi; Diaz-Lowe-Choi)
  • PB - A. Bemboom
FIELDING
  • DP - (Alfaro-Castro-Walker)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Morton (W, 4-0)6.03000502.321.1327.5
E. Pagan (H, 2)1.01000100.790.442.5
D. Castillo (H, 10)1.01000201.640.913.0
C. Roe1.01000002.771.852.0
Total9.0600080---
PITCHERSIP
C. Morton (W, 4-0)6.0
E. Pagan (H, 2)1.0
D. Castillo (H, 10)1.0
C. Roe1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Smith (L, 3-1)5.14222812.250.926.0
N. Anderson0.21000104.151.15-0.5
T. Guerrero1.00000103.241.323.5
S. Romo1.00114206.231.54-1.0
T. Kinley1.03111205.591.86-1.0
Total9.08447141---
PITCHERSIP
C. Smith (L, 3-1)5.1
N. Anderson0.2
T. Guerrero1.0
S. Romo1.0
T. Kinley1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Castillo (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 82-54, E. Pagan 8-6, D. Castillo 16-11, C. Roe 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 10-3, E. Pagan 1-0, C. Roe 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Morton 21, E. Pagan 3, D. Castillo 4, C. Roe 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Romo
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 106-75, N. Anderson 11-10, T. Guerrero 8-5, S. Romo 27-12, T. Kinley 24-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 3-4, S. Romo 1-0, T. Kinley 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Smith 21, N. Anderson 3, T. Guerrero 3, S. Romo 7, T. Kinley 7
  • 9TH INNING
    Garcia reached on an infield single to third, Diaz scored, Pham to third, Robertson to second40
  • 8TH INNING
    Kiermaier walked, Pham scored, Garcia to third, Meadows to second30
  • 6TH INNING
    Garcia singled to left, Pham scored, Robertson to second20
  • 2ND INNING
    Garcia homered to center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Tyler Kinley pitching
    • J. Choi: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Choi grounded out to second
    • Guillermo Heredia hit for Diego Castillo
    • G. Heredia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
    • Y. Diaz: Strike swinging, Diaz singled to right
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pham singled to center, Diaz to second
    • D. Robertson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Robertson walked, Diaz to third, Pham to second
    • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Garcia reached on an infield single to third, Diaz scored, Pham to third, Robertson to second
    • A. Bemboom: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bemboom struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Chaz Roe pitching
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Anderson grounded out to second
    • N. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Walker singled to center
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Castro grounded into double play third to second to first, Walker out at second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Sergio Romo relieved Tayron Guerrero
    • Y. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pham walked
    • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Robertson grounded out to third, Pham to second
    • A. Garcia: Garcia intentionally walked
    • Austin Meadows hit for Travis d'Arnaud
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Meadows walked, Pham to third, Garcia to second
    • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kiermaier walked, Pham scored, Garcia to third, Meadows to second
    • Brandon Lowe hit for Willy Adames
    • B. Lowe: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Diego Castillo relieved Emilio Pagan
    • Anthony Bemboom catching
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez reached on an infield single to third
    • M. Rojas: Strike swinging, Ramirez to second on passed ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
    • Curtis Granderson hit for Sergio Romo
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Granderson flied out to center
    • J. Berti: Ball, Ramirez to third on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Berti struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tayron Guerrero relieved Nick Anderson
    • W. Adames: Ball, Adames lined out to right
    • J. Choi: Choi flied out to left
    • Andrew Velazquez hit for Charlie Morton
    • A. Velazquez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Velazquez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Emilio Pagan pitching
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Castro singled to left center
    • G. Cooper: Cooper grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Castro out at second
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Alfaro struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Diaz singled to left
    • T. Pham: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pham reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Diaz out at second
    • D. Robertson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Robertson walked, Pham to second
    • Nick Anderson relieved Caleb Smith
    • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Garcia singled to left, Pham scored, Robertson to second
    • T. d'Arnaud: Strike swinging, Foul, d'Arnaud popped out to second
    • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Morton Pitching:
    • J. Berti: Ball, Ball, Foul, Berti lined out to center
    • B. Anderson: Anderson grounded out to pitcher
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, d'Arnaud flied out to right
    • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Kiermaier singled to center
    • W. Adames: Adames flied out to left
    • J. Choi: Ball, Foul, Choi singled to left, Kiermaier to third
    • C. Morton: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Morton struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Morton Pitching:
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rojas grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pham walked
    • D. Robertson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul tip, Robertson struck out on foul tip, Pham caught stealing second, first to second to catcher to second
    • A. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Garcia grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Morton Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Castro grounded out to first
    • G. Cooper: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cooper struck out swinging
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike looking, Alfaro grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Choi lined out to left
    • C. Morton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Morton struck out swinging
    • Y. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Diaz struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Morton Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rojas grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Smith: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Smith grounded out to second
    • J. Berti: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Berti reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Anderson singled to center, Berti to third
    • N. Walker: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Garcia homered to center
    • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud struck out swinging
    • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Kiermaier popped out to shortstop
    • W. Adames: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Morton Pitching:
    • G. Cooper: Ball, Cooper grounded out to second
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Alfaro lined out to center
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez flied out to right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • Y. Diaz: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • T. Pham: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pham grounded out to third
    • D. Robertson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Robertson struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Morton Pitching:
    • J. Berti: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Berti struck out swinging
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson grounded out to third
    • N. Walker: Foul, Ball, Foul, Walker singled to left center
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Castro grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)