PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Pirates starter Charlie Morton had a rough go of things Wednesday against Tampa Bay, allowing six runs and eight hits in five innings of work in a 6-3 loss.
Morton is expected to be the Pirates fifth starter. However, he’s a bit behind the rest of the rotation as he continues to work his way back from offseason hip surgery.
“I understand the situation,” Morton said, according to the team’s official website. “If I’m the guy they choose not to be up there, there’s nothing I can do about it. But I do want to pitch, maybe get one more start down here and go from there.”
After scoreless first and second innings, Morton allowed a leadoff double to Elliot Johnson. Johnson later scored on a Carlos Pena groundout.
Evan Longoria doubled to lead off the fourth inning and scored on a Luke Scott single. Johnson came back to the plate and doubled off Morton later in the inning to give the Rays a 4-0 lead.
Then in the seventh, Scott hit a two-run home run to push the Tampa Bay lead to 6-1.
First baseman Matt Hague had an RBI-single in the fifth inning for the Pirates. Outfielder Andrew McCutchen hit a solo homer off Rays starter David Price in the sixth inning.
Third baseman Neil Walker added an RBI-double in the eighth inning.