Charlie Morton (7-3, 3.00 ERA) is emerging as the Pirates clear No. 3 starter going into the final month of the season. Morton shined again Sunday afternoon, allowing 7 hits and 1 run in 7 innings pitched, a Pirates 5-2 win as the Bucs moved into first place. Morton struck out 6 and walked just 2, improving to 7-3 on the season. Morton whose GB/FB ratio over his last six starts is 66 to 9, had 11 groundball outs in today’s outing. Morton is 4-0 in his last six starts, allowing 2 earned runs or less in all six starts.
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