All-Star Charlie Morton Ks 12, Rays beat Orioles 6-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Two days after making the All-Star team, Charlie Morton looked the part for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Morton struck out six straight batters and a season-high 12 overall, taking over the AL lead in ERA during a 6-3 win against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

The right-hander wasn't thrilled with his fastball command, yet he still got his final 10 outs via strikeout. Morton (9-2) gave up four hits and a walk in seven innings. It was the 10th time in 18 starts that Morton has given up one run or fewer, and his 2.36 ERA is now the best in the AL among qualified starters.

''It wasn't until the sixth probably when I made a sizable adjustment and I kind of got in a groove,'' Morton said. ''I would say I got away with some stuff tonight. But results-wise, you can't look back at that and say it was a bad start.''

Chris Davis' sixth home run accounted for the only run off Morton.

''He knows how to pitch and he's got great command,'' Hyde said. ''You can't sit on one pitch and one spot. He knows how to set up guys and he throws strikes. That's why he's an All-Star-caliber pitcher and World Series champion.''

Brandon Lowe had three hits and drove in two for the Rays before leaving the game in the sixth with a leg contusion.

Lowe's 16th home run brought in the game's first run, and his two-out single in the third regained a 2-1 lead for the Rays after Davis' homer. Before leading off the Tampa Bay sixth with another single, Lowe fouled a pitch off his right leg. He was lifted for a pinch-runner after limping to first base.

''It's not the first time I hit a foul ball of my shin,'' said Lowe, on crutches after the game although X-rays were negative. ''It happens. But I figured it had subsided, and I didn't expect it to hurt as much when I ran.''

Avisail Garcia's two-run single made it 4-1 in the sixth, and Tommy Pham made it 6-1 with a two-run double in the seventh.

Asher Wojciechowski, making his first start for Baltimore, pitched into the sixth inning, giving up four runs and five hits while striking out six. It was the first major league start since Aug. 13, 2017 for the 30-year-old right-hander, and the second straight night in which the Orioles started a pitcher for the first time this season.

Asked if Monday's starter Tom Eshelman and Wojciechowski were auditioning for full-time roles, Hyde replied: ''We've got 25 auditions. We've got 25 guys that are auditioning. Yeah, everybody's on the club is auditioning for their career.''

Davis' opposite-field home run in the third was the first hit off Morton. It was Davis' first homer since May 12.

Chance Sisco hit a two-run homer, his fifth, off reliever Chaz Roe in the ninth for Baltimore's final two runs.

The loss dropped the Orioles to 24-61, the same record they had after 85 games last year on their way to a 47-115 finish.

YARBROUGH BACK DOWN

The Rays optioned LHP Ryan Yarbrough and recalled RHP Austin Pruitt from Triple-A Durham. Despite Yarbrough's three trips to the minors this year, the left-handed reliever has 23 wins over the last season and a half. Only Max Scherzer (26), Justin Verlander (26), Blake Snell (26), Jon Lester (25), Zack Greinke (24), J.A. Happ (24) and Morton (24) have won more games in 2018-19.

MORE MCKAY

Rays two-way player Brendan McKay talked at length with pitching coach Kyle Snyder about arm mechanics during a bullpen session in preparation for the left-hander's second appearance as a pitcher Friday night against the AL East-leading New York Yankees. McKay allowed one hit over six scoreless innings in a win Saturday over Texas in his debut.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Josh Lucas (strained right shoulder) was reinstated from the 10-day IR. Eshelman was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

Rays: RHP Diego Castillo (right shoulder inflammation) had a short bullpen session and is expected back after the All-Star break. ... INF Matt Duffy, out all season with a strained left hamstring, had an intensive baserunning session.

UP NEXT

All-Star LHP John Means (7-4, 2.50 ERA) will get his final start before the All-Star break for the Orioles on Wednesday night against Rays opener Ryne Stanek (0-1).

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  • W: C. Morton (9-2)L: A. Wojciechowski (0-1)
  • HR: BAL - C. Davis (6), C. Sisco (5), TB - B. Lowe (16)
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H. Alberto 2B40100010.314.335.399.7340.5
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    J. Choi 1B40100012.266.351.423.7740.5
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    W. Adames SS40000041.249.314.404.718-2.0
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      BATTING
      • HR - C. Sisco (5), C. Davis (6)
      • RBI - C. Sisco 2 (16), C. Davis (19)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Smith, C. Davis 2 (2), S. Wilkerson
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Pham (13), J. Wendle (4)
      • HR - B. Lowe (16)
      • RBI - B. Lowe 2 (49), T. Pham 2 (37), A. Garcia 2 (40)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Lowe (20), T. Pham 2 (19)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Meadows, T. Pham, A. Garcia 2 (2), W. Adames, M. Zunino
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Lowe (5), J. Wendle 2 (3)
      FIELDING
      • PB - M. Zunino (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Wojciechowski (L, 0-1)5.15442616.751.312.0
      P. Fry1.11110104.541.281.5
      J. Yacabonis0.12111006.001.56-4.0
      M. Givens1.00001304.911.303.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Wojciechowski (L, 0-1)5.1
      P. Fry1.1
      J. Yacabonis0.1
      M. Givens1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton (W, 9-2)7.041111212.361.0331.0
      A. Kolarek1.00000303.971.294.5
      C. Roe1.02220115.471.78-0.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton (W, 9-2)7.0
      A. Kolarek1.0
      C. Roe1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Wojciechowski
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wojciechowski 96-64, P. Fry 22-11, J. Yacabonis 18-8, M. Givens 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wojciechowski 5-5, P. Fry 2-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Wojciechowski 23, P. Fry 5, J. Yacabonis 4, M. Givens 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 101-66, A. Kolarek 13-10, C. Roe 22-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 5-4, C. Roe 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 26, A. Kolarek 3, C. Roe 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      D. Smith LF40000021.248.301.443.743-1.0
      T. Mancini DH41100020.301.358.538.8961.0
      C. Sisco C41121010.265.379.6731.0536.5
      A. Santander RF40000030.266.327.457.784-1.5
      R. Ruiz 3B40100010.232.304.316.6200.5
      H. Alberto 2B40100010.314.335.399.7340.5
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        A. Meadows DH40000023.286.360.504.863-1.0
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        T. Pham LF31120101.285.385.470.8556.0
        J. Choi 1B40100012.266.351.423.7740.5
        A. Garcia RF40120002.276.332.451.7833.0
        K. Kiermaier CF40000011.244.293.437.730-0.5
        W. Adames SS40000041.249.314.404.718-2.0
        J. Wendle 3B-2B21100200.184.276.237.5139.0
        M. Zunino C41100023.186.238.317.5551.0
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          BATTING
          • HR - C. Sisco (5), C. Davis (6)
          • RBI - C. Sisco 2 (16), C. Davis (19)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Smith, C. Davis 2 (2), S. Wilkerson
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Pham (13), J. Wendle (4)
          • HR - B. Lowe (16)
          • RBI - B. Lowe 2 (49), T. Pham 2 (37), A. Garcia 2 (40)
          • 2-Out RBI - B. Lowe (20), T. Pham 2 (19)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Meadows, T. Pham, A. Garcia 2 (2), W. Adames, M. Zunino
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - B. Lowe (5), J. Wendle 2 (3)
          FIELDING
          • PB - M. Zunino (4)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Wojciechowski (L, 0-1)5.15442616.751.312.0
          P. Fry1.11110104.541.281.5
          J. Yacabonis0.12111006.001.56-4.0
          M. Givens1.00001304.911.303.5
          Total8.08664101---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Wojciechowski (L, 0-1)5.1
          P. Fry1.1
          J. Yacabonis0.1
          M. Givens1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Morton (W, 9-2)7.041111212.361.0331.0
          A. Kolarek1.00000303.971.294.5
          C. Roe1.02220115.471.78-0.5
          Total9.06331162---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Morton (W, 9-2)7.0
          A. Kolarek1.0
          C. Roe1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - A. Wojciechowski
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wojciechowski 96-64, P. Fry 22-11, J. Yacabonis 18-8, M. Givens 15-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wojciechowski 5-5, P. Fry 2-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Wojciechowski 23, P. Fry 5, J. Yacabonis 4, M. Givens 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 101-66, A. Kolarek 13-10, C. Roe 22-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 5-4, C. Roe 1-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Morton 26, A. Kolarek 3, C. Roe 5
          • 9TH INNING
            Sisco homered to right, Mancini scored36
          • 7TH INNING
            Pham doubled to left center, Zunino and Diaz scored16
          • 6TH INNING
            Garcia singled to left center, Diaz and Pham scored14
          • 3RD INNING
            Lowe singled to right, Wendle scored12
            Davis homered to left11
          • 1ST INNING
            Lowe homered to right01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Chaz Roe relieved Adam Kolarek
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mancini singled to center
            • C. Sisco: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sisco homered to right, Mancini scored
            • A. Santander: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santander grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Ruiz: Ball, Strike looking, Ruiz lined out to center
            • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alberto struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Adam Kolarek relieved Charlie Morton
            • S. Wilkerson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Wilkerson struck out on foul tip
            • J. Villar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
            • D. Smith: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Mychal Givens relieved Jimmy Yacabonis
            • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • W. Adames: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wendle walked
            • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wendle stole second, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Sisco struck out looking
            • A. Santander: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Santander struck out swinging
            • R. Ruiz: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ruiz singled to right center
            • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Alberto singled to right, Ruiz to second
            • C. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ruiz to third, Alberto to second on passed ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • P. Fry Pitching:
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Wendle grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Zunino singled to left
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Meadows lined out to right
            • Jimmy Yacabonis relieved Paul Fry
            • Y. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Diaz walked, Zunino to second
            • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pham doubled to left center, Zunino and Diaz scored
            • J. Choi: Ball, Choi singled to shallow right center, Pham to third
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Garcia popped out to second
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • J. Villar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
            • D. Smith: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
            • T. Mancini: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Mancini struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Wojciechowski Pitching:
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lowe singled to left
            • Yandy Diaz ran for Brandon Lowe
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pham walked, Diaz to second
            • J. Choi: Ball, Diaz to third, Pham to second on wild pitch, Choi grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Garcia singled to left center, Diaz and Pham scored
            • Paul Fry relieved Asher Wojciechowski
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kiermaier grounded out to first, Garcia to second
            • W. Adames: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Ruiz struck out swinging
            • H. Alberto: Alberto grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Davis walked
            • S. Wilkerson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Wilkerson struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Wojciechowski Pitching:
            • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Wendle doubled to left
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Zunino grounded out to second, Wendle to third
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • T. Mancini: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Mancini struck out on foul tip
            • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sisco flied out to deep center
            • A. Santander: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Santander struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Wojciechowski Pitching:
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
            • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia flied out to center
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Kiermaier flied out to right
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Foul, Alberto flied out to right
            • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Davis homered to left
            • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Wilkerson struck out looking
            • J. Villar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Villar singled to left center
            • D. Smith: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Smith grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Wojciechowski Pitching:
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Wendle walked
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Zunino struck out looking
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Wendle stole second, Foul tip, Meadows struck out on foul tip
            • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Lowe singled to right, Wendle scored
            • T. Pham: Ball, Lowe stole second, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pham grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sisco grounded out to first
            • A. Santander: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santander struck out swinging
            • R. Ruiz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ruiz flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Wojciechowski Pitching:
            • A. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kiermaier popped out to third
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • J. Villar: Strike looking, Villar grounded out to second
            • D. Smith: Strike looking, Smith flied out to deep left
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Mancini grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Wojciechowski Pitching:
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Meadows flied out to center
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Lowe homered to right
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pham grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Choi lined out to left
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)