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ARLINGTON, Texas – Charlie Morton has slowly and quietly become one of the most dominant postseason pitchers.
Hank Aaron hammered cheaters. Pete Rose begged for reinstatement again. A.J. Hinch and Charlie Morton expressed remorse for their role in one of the sport’s biggest scandals. Houston Astros management was linked deeper to a scheme known as “Codebreaker,” doing further damage to the legitimacy of the team’s 2017 World Series championship. Play ball!
Kevin Kiermaier hit a go-ahead, three-run homer as Tampa Bay teed off on Zack Greinke, and the Rays backed another clutch playoff pitching performance by Charlie Morton to beat the Houston Astros 10-3 and cut their AL Division Series deficit to 2-1.
A person familiar with the agreement tells The Associated Press that All-Star pitcher Charlie Morton and the Tampa Bay Rays have reached a $30 million, two-year deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract hasn’t been officially announced. The 35-year-old Morton was a first-time All-Star last season when he went 15-3 for Houston.
Evan Gattis hit a two-run home run to put Houston ahead, Josh Reddick capped it with a two-run shot in the ninth inning, and the Astros snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
Charlie Morton remained unbeaten this season with six solid innings, Alex Bregman and Jake Marisnick hit three-run homers and the Houston Astros defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-2 on Thursday night.
Charlie Morton pitched seven solid innings, Tony Kemp had a tiebreaking RBI double in the seventh and the Houston Astros beat the Cleveland Indians 4-1 on Friday night in Houston for their third straight win.
Charlie Morton struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings and Evan Gattis, Brian McCann and Carlos Correa homered, leading the Houston Astros to a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.