ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Charlie Morton remained unbeaten with Tampa Bay, pitching seven shutout innings en route to a 6-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
Kevin Kiermaier, a Bishop Luers graduate, hit a two-run home run for the Rays.
Brandon Lowe homered for the third time in two days to snap a scoreless tie in the sixth inning and help the Rays take over sole possession of the first place in the AL East with their sixth victory in seven games.
The New York Yankees, who were rained out at home where they were to play the Mets, slipped a half-game behind in the standings.
Morton (8-0) extended his career-best winning streak to 11 games dating to Aug. 17, when he was with the Houston Astros.
The stretch covers 21 starts – 14 of them with Tampa Bay since signing a $30 million, two-year contract in free agency – and is the longest active streak in the major leagues ahead of Milwaukee Davies, who's 7-0 over his past 14 starts.
The 35-year-old right-hander allowed two hits – singles to Marcus Semien in the first and third innings – and retired the last 14 batters he faced. Outfielders Kiermaier and Tommy Pham robbed the A's of potential hits with leaping catches at the wall.
CARDINALS 4, MARLINS 1: In Miami, Michael Wacha pitched six scoreless innings in his return to the rotation as St. Louis broke a three-game losing streak.
Wacha (4-2), who was briefly demoted to the bullpen, benefited from three double plays and a pickoff in his first start since May 22. The former All-Star gave up five hits, struck out four and lowered his ERA to 5.63.
Jordan Hicks worked around a leadoff single in the ninth and struck out two for his 13th save.
The Cardinals totaled only four hits but scored three unearned runs in the sixth, when catcher Jorge Alfaro made a wild throw on a sacrifice bunt.