Morton's streak ends as Angels beat Rays 5-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Charlie Morton's luck finally ran out.

He suffered his first loss in 22 starts on Saturday when the Angels hit three homers in a 5-3 victory over Tampa Bay. It was his first loss since Aug. 11, when he pitched for the Houston Astros.

''I've pitched poorly enough to lose this year. I just didn't because our guys put up a bunch of runs and got me off the hook,'' said Morton (8-1). ''You can lose giving up a run or two. I've just been really fortunate to be on a really good team, really good defense, really good offense.''

He struck out nine in six innings, giving up four runs on five hits, including a couple of home runs.

''I didn't think my best stuff, my best pitches, came until the last few innings,'' he said. ''That was the kind of game where you make a couple mistakes and you for pay for it.''

David Fletcher, Justin Bour and Kevan Smith homered for the Angels. Fletcher's three-run home run in the second spotted left-hander Jose Suarez an early lead in his third major league start, and the Angel bullpen preserved it with 3 1/3 shutout innings.

Hansel Robles pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 12 opportunities.

The Angels' victory, coming quickly after a bullpen meltdown in a 9-4 loss on Friday night, was good for manager Brad Ausmus' appetite.

''It's good to get that off your back,'' Ausmus said. ''We had a rough one yesterday out of the pen, but to come back less than 24 hours later and get the job done, it certainly makes it a lot easier to enjoy dinner.''

The Angels' fourth win in five games came without a hit from Mike Trout (0 for 4), Shohei Ohtani (0 for 4) or Albert Puljols, who had the day off. Trout saw it as a big confidence boost for the beleaguered bullpen on a day when veteran Cody Allen was designated for assignment.

''Obviously you're going to run into games like (Friday night),'' Trout said. ''But they stepped up today and that's what you've got to do in baseball; you've got to turn the page.''

The Rays fell into a virtual first-place tie with the New York Yankees, who were scheduled to play Saturday night.

Brian Goodwin drove in the Angels' first run with a double and scored on Fletcher's two-run homer, giving Los Angeles a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Bour made it 4-0 with a homer in the fourth, his sixth of the season.

Yandy Diaz got the Rays back in the game with a three-run homer, his 11th, after hits by Avisail Garcia and Tommy Pham in the sixth. Pham had two singles in his fourth straight multi-hit game.

Smith's second homer of the season, off reliever Jake Faria, regained a two-run lead for the Angels in the eighth.

Suarez (2-1) gave up three runs on five hits, including Diaz's homer, in 5 2/3 innings.

''He did everything we needed him to do today,'' said Smith. ''He was able to go deep into the game, and he did it with all of his pitches. Kept them off balance, and we were able to get to our horses in the bullpen and close the game out.''

TRIPLE-A SHOWDOWN

Tampa Bay two-way prospect Brendan McKay entered after an opener for Triple-A Durham against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and struck out rehabbing New York Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge (left oblique strain) and Giancarlo Stanton (biceps/shoulder/calf) a combined three times in four at-bats. The lefty, who has a 1.35 ERA in four appearances, retired Judge on a grounder and a strikeout, while striking out Stanton twice.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: SS Tommy La Stella remained out of the lineup with left forearm tightness. ... RHP Trevor Cahill threw from up to 180 feet as part of his recovery from right elbow inflammation.

Rays: RHP Tyler Glasnow (strained right forearm) threw briefly off a bullpen mound for the first time. He can come off the 60-day IL on July 10.

MOVING DAY

Angels: Struggling reliever Cody Allen, 0-2 with a 6.26 ERA in 25 games, was designated for assignment one day after allowing four runs over two-thirds of an innings in Friday's 9-4 loss to the Rays. RHP Taylor Cole was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Rays: RHP Jake Faria was recalled from Triple-A Durham due to a taxed bullpen and INF Daniel Robertson was optioned to the International League club. Robertson was hitting just .205 with two homers and 15 RBIs in 58 games.

UP NEXT

RHP Griffin Channing, one of four pitchers in AL history to have recorded five or more strikeouts in each of his first eight starts, makes his ninth start in Sunday's series finale against Rays opener Ryne Stanek. The Angels will be trying to get back to .500 for the first time since April 15.

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  • W: J. Suarez (2-1)L: C. Morton (8-1)S: H. Robles (10)
  • HR: LAA - J. Bour (6), K. Smith (2), D. Fletcher (5), TB - Y. Diaz (11)
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D. Fletcher 3B41221011.307.360.442.8027.5
J. Bour 1B41111021.170.267.368.6355.0
W. Tovar SS40000010.172.273.276.549-0.5
L. Rengifo 2B30100110.222.293.316.6092.5
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    A. Garcia DH41100001.298.355.492.8472.0
    T. Pham LF31200100.299.408.465.8724.0
    A. Meadows RF40000014.315.390.571.962-0.5
    Y. Diaz 3B41131002.282.361.502.8638.0
    J. Choi 1B40000001.281.357.457.8140.0
    W. Adames SS30000010.242.308.368.676-0.5
    a- B. Lowe PH10000010.288.344.546.890-0.5
    K. Kiermaier CF40100010.256.310.444.7540.5
    T. d'Arnaud C30100001.200.260.344.6041.0
    J. Wendle 2B30000012.133.212.167.379-0.5
    C. Morton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-struck out for Adames in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Smith (8), B. Goodwin (12), L. Rengifo (6)
    • HR - K. Smith (2), D. Fletcher (5), J. Bour (6)
    • RBI - K. Smith (8), B. Goodwin (24), D. Fletcher 2 (25), J. Bour (18)
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Smith (4)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Calhoun 2 (2), B. Goodwin, D. Fletcher, J. Bour
    BATTING
    • HR - Y. Diaz (11)
    • RBI - Y. Diaz 3 (30)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Garcia, Y. Diaz, J. Choi, J. Wendle
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Choi (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Suarez (W, 2-1)5.25331314.501.2514.5
    C. Bedrosian (H, 6)1.11000102.411.102.5
    T. Buttrey (H, 14)1.00000002.081.243.0
    H. Robles (S, 10)1.00000103.241.0510.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Suarez (W, 2-1)5.2
    C. Bedrosian (H, 6)1.1
    T. Buttrey (H, 14)1.0
    H. Robles (S, 10)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Morton (L, 8-1)6.05442922.371.036.5
    A. Kolarek1.00000104.241.503.5
    J. Faria2.02110212.251.004.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Morton (L, 8-1)6.0
    A. Kolarek1.0
    J. Faria2.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Suarez 81-54, C. Bedrosian 17-12, T. Buttrey 15-10, H. Robles 16-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Suarez 5-9, C. Bedrosian 3-0, T. Buttrey 2-1, H. Robles 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Suarez 23, C. Bedrosian 5, T. Buttrey 3, H. Robles 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 95-70, A. Kolarek 10-8, J. Faria 40-29
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 7-2, A. Kolarek 2-0, J. Faria 4-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Morton 25, A. Kolarek 3, J. Faria 9
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    K. Calhoun RF50000022.229.322.467.789-1.0
    M. Trout CF40000020.281.453.6031.056-1.0
    S. Ohtani DH40000010.271.342.488.831-0.5
    K. Smith C32211110.299.393.481.8749.5
    B. Goodwin LF41110011.285.345.445.7903.5
    D. Fletcher 3B41221011.307.360.442.8027.5
    J. Bour 1B41111021.170.267.368.6355.0
    W. Tovar SS40000010.172.273.276.549-0.5
    L. Rengifo 2B30100110.222.293.316.6092.5
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    C. Bedrosian P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    T. Buttrey P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    H. Robles P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. Garcia DH41100001.298.355.492.8472.0
      T. Pham LF31200100.299.408.465.8724.0
      A. Meadows RF40000014.315.390.571.962-0.5
      Y. Diaz 3B41131002.282.361.502.8638.0
      J. Choi 1B40000001.281.357.457.8140.0
      W. Adames SS30000010.242.308.368.676-0.5
      a- B. Lowe PH10000010.288.344.546.890-0.5
      K. Kiermaier CF40100010.256.310.444.7540.5
      T. d'Arnaud C30100001.200.260.344.6041.0
      J. Wendle 2B30000012.133.212.167.379-0.5
      C. Morton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      A. Kolarek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Faria P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      • a-struck out for Adames in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Smith (8), B. Goodwin (12), L. Rengifo (6)
      • HR - K. Smith (2), D. Fletcher (5), J. Bour (6)
      • RBI - K. Smith (8), B. Goodwin (24), D. Fletcher 2 (25), J. Bour (18)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Smith (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Calhoun 2 (2), B. Goodwin, D. Fletcher, J. Bour
      BATTING
      • HR - Y. Diaz (11)
      • RBI - Y. Diaz 3 (30)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Garcia, Y. Diaz, J. Choi, J. Wendle
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Choi (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Suarez (W, 2-1)5.25331314.501.2514.5
      C. Bedrosian (H, 6)1.11000102.411.102.5
      T. Buttrey (H, 14)1.00000002.081.243.0
      H. Robles (S, 10)1.00000103.241.0510.5
      Total9.0633151---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Suarez (W, 2-1)5.2
      C. Bedrosian (H, 6)1.1
      T. Buttrey (H, 14)1.0
      H. Robles (S, 10)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton (L, 8-1)6.05442922.371.036.5
      A. Kolarek1.00000104.241.503.5
      J. Faria2.02110212.251.004.0
      Total9.07552123---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton (L, 8-1)6.0
      A. Kolarek1.0
      J. Faria2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Suarez 81-54, C. Bedrosian 17-12, T. Buttrey 15-10, H. Robles 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Suarez 5-9, C. Bedrosian 3-0, T. Buttrey 2-1, H. Robles 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Suarez 23, C. Bedrosian 5, T. Buttrey 3, H. Robles 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 95-70, A. Kolarek 10-8, J. Faria 40-29
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 7-2, A. Kolarek 2-0, J. Faria 4-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 25, A. Kolarek 3, J. Faria 9
      • 8TH INNING
        Smith homered to right center53
      • 6TH INNING
        Diaz homered to right center, Garcia and Pham scored43
      • 4TH INNING
        Bour homered to left center40
      • 2ND INNING
        Fletcher homered to left, Goodwin scored30
        Goodwin doubled to shallow left center, Smith scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • J. Faria Pitching:
        • J. Bour: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
        • W. Tovar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Tovar grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Rengifo: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rengifo doubled to center
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Hansel Robles relieved Ty Buttrey
        • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Choi lined out to left
        • Brandon Lowe hit for Willy Adames
        • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kiermaier grounded out to second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Jake Faria relieved Adam Kolarek
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Trout lined out to second
        • S. Ohtani: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ohtani grounded out to second
        • K. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Smith homered to right center
        • B. Goodwin: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodwin safe at first on 1st baseman Choi fielding error
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Fletcher grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • Ty Buttrey relieved Cam Bedrosian
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pham grounded out to first
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Meadows flied out to deep left
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Diaz grounded out to first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Adam Kolarek relieved Charlie Morton
        • W. Tovar: Strike looking, Tovar grounded out to second
        • L. Rengifo: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rengifo struck out swinging
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Calhoun grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Bedrosian Pitching:
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Kiermaier grounded out to pitcher
        • T. d'Arnaud: d'Arnaud singled to center
        • J. Wendle: Foul, Strike looking, Wendle grounded out to second, d'Arnaud to second
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Garcia grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • K. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Goodwin struck out looking
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Fletcher singled to shallow right center
        • J. Bour: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Bour flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Suarez Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Garcia singled to left center
        • T. Pham: Ball, Pham singled to right, Garcia to second
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Meadows flied out to deep center, Garcia to third
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Diaz homered to right center, Garcia and Pham scored
        • J. Choi: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Choi grounded out to first
        • Cam Bedrosian relieved Jose Suarez
        • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Trout grounded out to third
        • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ohtani grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Suarez Pitching:
        • W. Adames: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Adames grounded out to first
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Kiermaier singled to shallow center
        • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Ball, d'Arnaud reached on fielder's choice to third, Kiermaier out at second
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Fletcher struck out looking
        • J. Bour: Foul, Ball, Foul, Bour homered to left center
        • W. Tovar: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Tovar struck out looking
        • L. Rengifo: Strike looking, Rengifo grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Suarez Pitching:
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pham singled to shallow left center
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Meadows lined out to left
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Diaz lined out to left
        • J. Choi: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Choi flied out to right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
        • S. Ohtani: Foul, Ball, Ohtani grounded out to third
        • K. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Smith doubled to left center
        • B. Goodwin: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Goodwin grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Suarez Pitching:
        • T. d'Arnaud: d'Arnaud popped out to second
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Wendle lined out to left
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Garcia popped out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • K. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Smith walked
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Foul, Goodwin doubled to shallow left center, Smith scored
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Foul, Fletcher homered to left, Goodwin scored
        • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Bour struck out looking
        • W. Tovar: Tovar grounded out to second
        • L. Rengifo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rengifo walked
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Calhoun lined out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Suarez Pitching:
        • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Choi fouled out to left
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Adames grounded out to third
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun grounded out to second
        • M. Trout: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Suarez Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Garcia popped out to first
        • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham walked
        • A. Meadows: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
        • Y. Diaz: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Diaz reached on fielder's choice to third, Pham out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)