Morton's unbeaten streak at 20 after Rays blank Tigers 4-0

DETROIT (AP) Charlie Morton describes himself as a pessimist - even after 20 consecutive starts without a loss.

''It's never hard for me to be pessimistic,'' Morton said. ''I just know how it can turn sour quick.''

At some point, another team will probably beat Morton, but not Wednesday night, when the Tampa Bay right-hander allowed five hits in seven innings to lead the Rays to a 4-0 win over the Detroit Tigers. Morton hasn't lost since Aug. 11, and only Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, at 21 starts, has a longer active unbeaten streak.

Morton (7-0) struck out eight with no walks and needed just 83 pitches to complete seven innings. He's now 22-3 since the start of last season, and after his comments about pessimism, he did talk for a bit about a newfound appreciation for life in baseball.

''I think I'm at the point right now, I think I'm in a well-balanced place,'' he said.

Austin Meadows tripled and scored on a throwing error in the third to open the scoring. Tampa Bay scored two more runs in the fifth and snapped its four-game losing streak.

Spencer Turnbull (3-5) allowed three runs in five innings.

The Rays have allowed the fewest runs in baseball, but they'd yielded nine in each of their previous two games. Morton put a stop to that, improving to 10-0 with a 2.86 ERA during his unbeaten run. The teams played through rain in the early innings, but the conditions didn't seem to bother Morton.

The Rays scored first when Meadows, the American League's leading hitter, tripled to the gap in right-center field, then came home on second baseman Harold Castro's throwing error. Castro's bouncing throw got past third, and Turnbull wasn't backing up the play. Meadows got up with ripped pants after that tour of the bases.

''We have to catch the ball and we have to throw the ball. Just make the simple plays and get the outs,'' Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''There's no such thing as a good error, and I know, because when I was playing at this level, my name might as well have been `E. Gardenhire' - because you'd look at the box score in the paper and it always said `E: Gardenhire.'''

Tampa Bay added two runs with two outs in the fifth. Avisail Garcia hit an RBI double, and Ji-Man Choi followed with a run-scoring single. In the eighth, the Rays made it 4-0 on another throwing error by Castro. This time, he threw wildly to first while trying to complete a double play.

Detroit's JaCoby Jones singled in the third to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

EFFICIENT

Morton matched his season high of seven innings, set in his previous start against Minnesota. He has not thrown a complete game since 2011.

''I think he had another inning probably to go, but we kind of capped him off - seven has been his top,'' Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. ''He's going to pitch on normal rest, or normal turn, I think for three starts now in a row. So it probably didn't make the most sense to ask him to go back out there.''

SIGNED

The Tigers announced the signing of first-round draft pick Riley Greene, the No. 5 overall selection. He's a high school outfielder from Florida.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: OF Tommy Pham, who has been battling right calf trouble, missed his fifth straight game but pronounced himself ready to play Thursday. ... C Michael Perez (right oblique) played his first rehab game for Class A Charlotte on Tuesday night. ... INF Joey Wendle (right wrist) is expected to play his first rehab game Thursday with Charlotte.

UP NEXT

Rays: Cash wasn't certain about a starter for Thursday's series finale, but he said it could be Ryne Stanek (0-1), who often pitches in an opener's role.

Tigers: Daniel Norris (2-4) takes the mound against the Rays.

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W. Adames SS40100105.253.319.387.7064.0
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M. Zunino C30000103.190.241.352.5931.0
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    N. Castellanos RF40100000.263.315.452.7662.0
    M. Cabrera DH40000011.287.357.376.733-0.5
    B. Dixon 1B40100010.287.309.521.8310.5
    H. Castro 2B30100000.240.269.280.5493.0
    J. Hicks C30000022.215.254.374.628-1.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Garcia (10)
      • 3B - A. Meadows (2)
      • RBI - A. Garcia (28), J. Choi (21)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Garcia (14), J. Choi (12)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Lowe 4 (4), W. Adames 4 (4), K. Kiermaier 2 (2), M. Zunino 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Castellanos (19)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Stewart 2 (2), M. Cabrera, J. Hicks 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Adames (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - H. Castro
      FIELDING
      • E - H. Castro 2 (2), J. Jones (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton (W, 7-0)7.05000802.301.0630.0
      O. Drake2.00000101.230.556.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton (W, 7-0)7.0
      O. Drake2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Turnbull (L, 3-5)5.05333403.011.281.0
      N. Ramirez1.01002002.370.950.0
      B. Hardy1.00001104.760.932.5
      Z. Reininger1.00102007.641.921.0
      A. Adams1.010000011.571.932.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Turnbull (L, 3-5)5.0
      N. Ramirez1.0
      B. Hardy1.0
      Z. Reininger1.0
      A. Adams1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 83-55, O. Drake 27-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 7-6, O. Drake 2-3
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 26, O. Drake 6
      PITCHING
      • IBB - N. Ramirez
      • HBP - S. Turnbull (8)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Turnbull 92-52, N. Ramirez 15-7, B. Hardy 29-19, Z. Reininger 23-10, A. Adams 11-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Turnbull 10-1, N. Ramirez 1-2, Z. Reininger 3-0, A. Adams 2-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Turnbull 24, N. Ramirez 6, B. Hardy 4, Z. Reininger 5, A. Adams 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      Y. Diaz 3B31100201.247.344.476.8194.0
      B. Lowe RF-2B40000015.272.327.510.8370.5
      A. Garcia DH51110012.297.357.528.8853.5
      J. Choi 1B40210100.270.350.420.7704.0
      W. Adames SS40100105.253.319.387.7064.0
      K. Kiermaier CF40100122.238.303.423.7261.0
      M. Zunino C30000103.190.241.352.5931.0
      C. Arroyo 2B30000111.229.308.457.7650.5
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        N. Goodrum SS40100021.244.325.413.7370.0
        C. Stewart LF40000012.232.313.408.721-0.5
        N. Castellanos RF40100000.263.315.452.7662.0
        M. Cabrera DH40000011.287.357.376.733-0.5
        B. Dixon 1B40100010.287.309.521.8310.5
        H. Castro 2B30100000.240.269.280.5493.0
        J. Hicks C30000022.215.254.374.628-1.0
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          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Garcia (10)
          • 3B - A. Meadows (2)
          • RBI - A. Garcia (28), J. Choi (21)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Garcia (14), J. Choi (12)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Lowe 4 (4), W. Adames 4 (4), K. Kiermaier 2 (2), M. Zunino 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Castellanos (19)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Stewart 2 (2), M. Cabrera, J. Hicks 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - W. Adames (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - H. Castro
          FIELDING
          • E - H. Castro 2 (2), J. Jones (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Morton (W, 7-0)7.05000802.301.0630.0
          O. Drake2.00000101.230.556.5
          Total9.0500090---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Morton (W, 7-0)7.0
          O. Drake2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Turnbull (L, 3-5)5.05333403.011.281.0
          N. Ramirez1.01002002.370.950.0
          B. Hardy1.00001104.760.932.5
          Z. Reininger1.00102007.641.921.0
          A. Adams1.010000011.571.932.0
          Total9.0743850---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Turnbull (L, 3-5)5.0
          N. Ramirez1.0
          B. Hardy1.0
          Z. Reininger1.0
          A. Adams1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 83-55, O. Drake 27-17
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 7-6, O. Drake 2-3
          • Batters Faced - C. Morton 26, O. Drake 6
          PITCHING
          • IBB - N. Ramirez
          • HBP - S. Turnbull (8)
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Turnbull 92-52, N. Ramirez 15-7, B. Hardy 29-19, Z. Reininger 23-10, A. Adams 11-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Turnbull 10-1, N. Ramirez 1-2, Z. Reininger 3-0, A. Adams 2-1
          • Batters Faced - S. Turnbull 24, N. Ramirez 6, B. Hardy 4, Z. Reininger 5, A. Adams 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Diaz reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Heredia scored, Meadows out at second on 2nd baseman Castro throwing error40
          • 5TH INNING
            Choi singled to center, Garcia scored, Choi to second on center fielder Jones fielding error30
            Garcia doubled to left, Diaz scored20
          • 3RD INNING
            Meadows tripled to deep right center, Meadows scored on 2nd baseman Castro throwing error10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Austin Adams relieved Zac Reininger
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Garcia grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Choi: Ball, Choi flied out to left
            • W. Adames: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adames singled to center
            • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • O. Drake Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Castellanos flied out to deep center
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera lined out to center
            • B. Dixon: Dixon flied out to deep center
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Zac Reininger relieved Blaine Hardy
            • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zunino walked
            • C. Arroyo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Arroyo reached on fielder's choice to second, Zunino out at second
            • Guillermo Heredia ran for Christian Arroyo
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Meadows walked, Heredia to second
            • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Diaz reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Heredia scored, Meadows out at second on 2nd baseman Castro throwing error
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Ball, Lowe grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Oliver Drake relieved Charlie Morton
            • J. Jones: Ball, Foul, Jones grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Stewart grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Blaine Hardy relieved Nick Ramirez
            • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia popped out to first
            • J. Choi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Choi lined out to third
            • W. Adames: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Adames walked
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Adames stole second, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kiermaier struck out looking
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • H. Castro: Ball, Castro lined out to left
            • J. Hicks: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lugo struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Nick Ramirez relieved Spencer Turnbull
            • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier singled to left center
            • M. Zunino: Zunino popped out to shortstop
            • C. Arroyo: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Arroyo walked, Kiermaier to second
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Meadows grounded out to second, Kiermaier to third, Arroyo to second
            • Y. Diaz: Diaz intentionally walked
            • B. Lowe: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Lowe popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Castellanos lined out to third
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera grounded out to second
            • B. Dixon: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Dixon struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Meadows grounded out to third
            • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz walked
            • B. Lowe: Foul, Ball, Foul, Lowe flied out to left
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia doubled to left, Diaz scored
            • J. Choi: Ball, Strike looking, Choi singled to center, Garcia scored, Choi to second on center fielder Jones fielding error
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Adames grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • D. Lugo: Ball, Lugo grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Ball, Goodrum singled to right
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Stewart struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Kiermaier struck out on foul tip
            • M. Zunino: Zunino grounded out to second
            • C. Arroyo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Arroyo struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castellanos lined out to center
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • B. Dixon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Dixon singled to center
            • H. Castro: Castro singled to center, Dixon to third
            • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Castro stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Hicks struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • C. Arroyo: Ball, Ball, Arroyo grounded out to second
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Meadows tripled to deep right center, Meadows scored on 2nd baseman Castro throwing error
            • Y. Diaz: Diaz singled to deep right
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Lowe hit by pitch, Diaz to second
            • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • J. Choi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choi walked, Diaz to third, Lowe to second
            • W. Adames: Ball, Foul, Ball, Adames grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Lugo grounded out to second
            • J. Jones: Foul, Jones singled to center
            • N. Goodrum: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Stewart reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Jones out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • A. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Garcia grounded out to third
            • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Choi singled to left center
            • W. Adames: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Adames grounded out to shortstop, Choi to second
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier walked
            • M. Zunino: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Zunino reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Kiermaier out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Dixon grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Castro: Strike looking, Castro fouled out to left
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks flied out to deep right
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Meadows grounded out to first
            • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Diaz grounded out to second
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodrum grounded out to first
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Stewart popped out to shortstop
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike looking, Castellanos doubled to deep center
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)