MLB wrap: Charlie Morton, Rays shut down Astros’ potent lineup in emotional win

first_imgIt would be hard to ask Charlie Morton not to be emotional in his first start of the season, especially considering his opponent.Morton and the Rays defeated the righty’s former team, the Astros, 4-2 on Friday to move to 1-1 on the season. The 35-year-old was the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series that saw Houston win its first championship in franchise history. Dud of the NightTigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts in Detroit’s loss.HighlightRockies center fielder Ian Desmond made an amazing catch on a scorched fly ball off the bat of Marlins center fielder Lewis Brinson.Everything about this: Desi is ridiculous! 🤯— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) March 30, 2019What’s NextMets (1-0) at Nationals (0-1) 1:05 p.m. ET — It’s Noah Syndergaard vs. Stephen Strasburg. Do we need to build it up more than that? MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN He said before the game that it would be hard not to be emotional facing his former team. He echoed those sentiments after the game.”It’s weird seeing those guys in the box, it is,” he told reporters after his win, via Fox Sports. “So, I don’t think they’re trying to take it easy on me I had to go out and try to make some pitches and get some outs.”Morton wasn’t perfect but he was more than good enough to earn his first win of the year as he tossed five innings of two-run ball with eight strikeouts.They don’t call him #CFM for nothing! #RaysUp— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) March 30, 2019Astros starter Gerrit Cole struck out 10 in six innings of work, but three unearned runs in a three-run third inning proved to be his downfall as Houston moved to 1-1 on the season as well.Studs of the NightRockies starter German Marquez allowed just two hits and a run while striking out seven in Colorado’s 6-1 win over the Marlins.Paul Goldschmidt is putting his name in the MVP hat early as he went 4 for 5 with three home runs and five RBIs in St. Louis’ 9-5 win over the Brewers.Blue Jays starter Matt Shoemaker tossed seven innings of two-hit, shutout ball in Toronto’s 6-0 win over the Tigers.last_img

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