Morton strikes out season-high 10, Rays beat Indians 6-2

CLEVELAND (AP) Charlie Morton returned to the clubhouse Saturday afternoon and waited. Then he waited some more, anticipating the arrival of thunderstorms that never materialized.

The delay didn't faze him, nor did it stop his career-best unbeaten streak.

Morton struck out a season-high 10 and allowed one run over six innings - his 18th straight start without a loss - as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 in a game that began nearly three hours late because of an incorrect weather forecast.

''Well, it turned out to be a 7 o'clock game, so it wasn't bad,'' he quipped. ''Saturday 7 o'clock games are fine, just fine. I wasn't out there (during the delay), but I heard the wind was really bad, so we just kind of hung out and stayed ready and it turned out all right.''

Morton (5-0), who gave up three hits and threw a season-high 106 pitches, hasn't lost since last Aug. 11 with Houston. The right-hander is 8-0 with a 3.10 ERA during his streak, which is the second-longest in the majors behind the 19 by the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw.

The first pitch was postponed from 4:10 until 6:58, but the conditions remained dry and warm throughout, except for a several-minute spell of light rain.

''I'm not a weatherman, but when you get those lake effect and storms rolling in here, sometimes they nail you and pop out of nowhere,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''We totally understood the situation.

''Charlie didn't let it bother him and he made some big pitches. What that breaking ball is on, that really is a big equalizer for him like you saw tonight.''

Ji-Man Choi and Tommy Pham each hit two-run homers and Brandon Lowe added a solo shot for Tampa Bay, which is in the midst of playing 34 games in 34 days through June 23. Pham upped his hitting streak to 11 and Lowe had two RBIs.

Choi's blast to left gave the Rays a 3-1 lead in the fifth, while Pham's rocket to center in the seventh made it 6-1 and chased Indians starter Carlos Carrasco (4-5).

Carrasco dropped his second straight start, giving up five earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. The righty has surrendered nine homers in 31 innings during five May outings.

''See the fastball and hit it, that's what they've been looking for,'' he said. ''I feel a little bit disappointed about those pitches because I didn't locate them.''

Carlos Santana went 2 for 4 with a homer and double for Cleveland, which has lost five of six and fell to 4-6 on its season-high 11-game homestand.

TERRY TOSSED

Indians manager Terry Francona was ejected in the sixth by third base umpire Eric Cooper for arguing that Jose Ramirez did not swing at a pitch that hit him. It was his first ejection since 2016.

''I thought it was a poor call and I told him I thought he had an even poorer night (behind the plate) the night before,'' Francona said. ''Sometimes their attitude has just as much to do with ejections.''

COMING, GOING

The Indians recalled LF Greg Allen and selected the contract of LHP Josh D. Smith from Triple-A Columbus. RHP Adam Plutko and C Eric Haase were optioned to the Clippers. The 29-year-old Smith made his big league debut with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Francona said Allen's stay could be brief as Cleveland needs a starting pitcher Tuesday in Boston.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: 3B Matt Duffy (left hamstring tightness) has not returned to his rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham since aggravating his injury Wednesday at Norfolk.

Indians: OF Tyler Naquin (left calf strain), who has been on the 10-day injured list since May 11, ran the bases without any issues Friday at Progressive Field.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Ryne Stanek (0-1, 3.38 ERA) will be the opener in the four-game series finale. Eleven of his 13 starts this year - all two innings or fewer - have been scoreless.

Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer (4-3, 3.95 ERA) takes on Tampa Bay for the first time since June 22, 2016. In five home appearances this season, he is 1-2 with a 6.14 ERA.

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  • W: C. Morton (5-0)L: C. Carrasco (4-5)
  • HR: TB - T. Pham (8), J. Choi (4), B. Lowe (11), CLE - C. Santana (9)
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J. Choi 1B51221020.264.344.414.7587.0
A. Garcia DH51200011.285.344.509.8544.5
B. Lowe 2B31221111.287.337.557.8949.5
W. Adames SS30100010.242.314.386.6990.5
K. Kiermaier CF40100024.236.297.427.7230.0
T. d'Arnaud C40000025.094.158.094.252-1.0
D. Robertson 3B41100010.195.309.281.5901.5
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    F. Lindor SS30000011.278.333.476.8100.5
    J. Kipnis 2B40000011.215.292.323.615-0.5
    C. Santana DH41211020.287.410.500.9107.0
    J. Bauers 1B31000111.213.302.338.6401.5
    J. Ramirez 3B40100021.200.298.300.5980.0
    J. Luplow RF40000012.247.306.519.825-0.5
    L. Martin CF40210010.227.307.366.6742.5
    R. Perez C20000213.226.331.415.7461.5
    G. Allen LF30000024.098.156.146.302-1.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Lowe (10)
      • HR - T. Pham (8), J. Choi (4), B. Lowe (11)
      • SH - W. Adames
      • RBI - T. Pham 2 (24), J. Choi 2 (16), B. Lowe 2 (30)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Choi 2 (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Meadows 2 (2), B. Lowe, T. d'Arnaud 4 (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Santana (10)
      • HR - C. Santana (9)
      • RBI - C. Santana (29), L. Martin (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Santana (13)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, J. Ramirez, R. Perez, G. Allen 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Garcia (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - F. Lindor (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Ramirez-Kipnis-Bauers)
      • E - F. Lindor
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton (W, 5-0)6.031121002.541.1627.0
      C. Sadler2.01111011.760.983.0
      D. Castillo1.01000202.391.033.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton (W, 5-0)6.0
      C. Sadler2.0
      D. Castillo1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Carrasco (L, 4-5)6.19651634.601.261.0
      J. Smith1.23000300.001.801.5
      D. Otero1.00000203.001.384.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Carrasco (L, 4-5)6.1
      J. Smith1.2
      D. Otero1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Morton (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 106-73, C. Sadler 32-19, D. Castillo 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 5-2, C. Sadler 3-3, D. Castillo 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 23, C. Sadler 8, D. Castillo 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 105-68, J. Smith 28-20, D. Otero 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 8-5, D. Otero 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 29, J. Smith 8, D. Otero 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      A. Meadows RF50100013.320.399.6151.0130.5
      T. Pham LF52221001.290.398.473.8719.0
      J. Choi 1B51221020.264.344.414.7587.0
      A. Garcia DH51200011.285.344.509.8544.5
      B. Lowe 2B31221111.287.337.557.8949.5
      W. Adames SS30100010.242.314.386.6990.5
      K. Kiermaier CF40100024.236.297.427.7230.0
      T. d'Arnaud C40000025.094.158.094.252-1.0
      D. Robertson 3B41100010.195.309.281.5901.5
      C. Morton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      C. Sadler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor SS30000011.278.333.476.8100.5
        J. Kipnis 2B40000011.215.292.323.615-0.5
        C. Santana DH41211020.287.410.500.9107.0
        J. Bauers 1B31000111.213.302.338.6401.5
        J. Ramirez 3B40100021.200.298.300.5980.0
        J. Luplow RF40000012.247.306.519.825-0.5
        L. Martin CF40210010.227.307.366.6742.5
        R. Perez C20000213.226.331.415.7461.5
        G. Allen LF30000024.098.156.146.302-1.0
        C. Carrasco P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        J. Smith P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        D. Otero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Lowe (10)
          • HR - T. Pham (8), J. Choi (4), B. Lowe (11)
          • SH - W. Adames
          • RBI - T. Pham 2 (24), J. Choi 2 (16), B. Lowe 2 (30)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Choi 2 (8)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Meadows 2 (2), B. Lowe, T. d'Arnaud 4 (4)
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Santana (10)
          • HR - C. Santana (9)
          • RBI - C. Santana (29), L. Martin (13)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Santana (13)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, J. Ramirez, R. Perez, G. Allen 3 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Garcia (5)
          BASERUNNING
          • Picked Off - F. Lindor (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Ramirez-Kipnis-Bauers)
          • E - F. Lindor
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Morton (W, 5-0)6.031121002.541.1627.0
          C. Sadler2.01111011.760.983.0
          D. Castillo1.01000202.391.033.0
          Total9.05223121---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Morton (W, 5-0)6.0
          C. Sadler2.0
          D. Castillo1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Carrasco (L, 4-5)6.19651634.601.261.0
          J. Smith1.23000300.001.801.5
          D. Otero1.00000203.001.384.0
          Total9.012651113---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Carrasco (L, 4-5)6.1
          J. Smith1.2
          D. Otero1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - C. Morton (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 106-73, C. Sadler 32-19, D. Castillo 16-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 5-2, C. Sadler 3-3, D. Castillo 1-0
          • Batters Faced - C. Morton 23, C. Sadler 8, D. Castillo 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 105-68, J. Smith 28-20, D. Otero 9-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 8-5, D. Otero 1-0
          • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 29, J. Smith 8, D. Otero 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Santana homered to center62
          • 7TH INNING
            Pham homered to center, Robertson scored61
          • 6TH INNING
            Lowe homered to center41
          • 5TH INNING
            Choi homered to left, Pham scored31
          • 2ND INNING
            Martin singled to left, Bauers scored, Ramirez to third11
            Lowe doubled to deep center, Garcia scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Dan Otero relieved Josh Smith
            • T. Pham: Pham grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
            • A. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Diego Castillo relieved Casey Sadler
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • J. Luplow: Ball, Luplow grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Martin singled to left
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Smith Pitching:
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Kiermaier singled to center
            • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, d'Arnaud fouled out to right
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Robertson singled to shallow center, Kiermaier to second
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sadler Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Lindor grounded out to second
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kipnis flied out to deep left
            • C. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana homered to center
            • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bauers grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Robertson safe at first on shortstop Lindor fielding error
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Meadows lined out to center
            • T. Pham: Pham homered to center, Robertson scored
            • Josh Smith relieved Carlos Carrasco
            • J. Choi: Ball, Foul, Choi singled to right center
            • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia flied out to center
            • B. Lowe: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Casey Sadler relieved Charlie Morton
            • J. Luplow: Ball, Luplow grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Martin flied out to center
            • R. Perez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Perez walked
            • G. Allen: Ball, Allen popped out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Lowe homered to center
            • W. Adames: Ball, Adames grounded out to third
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kiermaier lined out to second
            • T. d'Arnaud: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kipnis grounded out to second
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Santana doubled to deep left
            • J. Bauers: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bauers grounded out to first, Santana to third
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • D. Robertson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Robertson grounded out to second
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Meadows grounded out to second
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pham singled to left
            • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Choi homered to left, Pham scored
            • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Foul, Garcia flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez walked
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • J. Choi: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Choi lined out to second
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Garcia singled to left
            • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Ball, Garcia stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lowe walked
            • W. Adames: Adames singled to right, Garcia to third, Lowe to second
            • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bauers struck out looking
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to third
            • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Luplow struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Meadows singled to right
            • T. Pham: Pham grounded into double play third to second to first, Meadows out at second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Lindor hit by pitch
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis lined out to left
            • C. Santana: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Lindor out at first, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Garcia singled to left
            • B. Lowe: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Lowe doubled to deep center, Garcia scored
            • W. Adames: Adames hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Lowe to third
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • T. d'Arnaud: d'Arnaud grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bauers walked
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez singled to right center, Bauers to third
            • J. Luplow: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Luplow grounded out to pitcher, Ramirez to second
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Martin singled to left, Bauers scored, Ramirez to third
            • R. Perez: Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Ball, Perez lined out to third
            • G. Allen: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • A. Meadows: Meadows popped out to second
            • T. Pham: Pham grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • J. Kipnis: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis struck out looking
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)