PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates lost 6-4, to the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park on Wednesday night.
Right-hander Charlie Morton made his fourth official start of the spring during Grapefruit League action. Overall, Morton allowed six runs on eight hits with two strikeouts over five innings. Morton threw 75 pitches.
"That’s the good side of it. I did throw five innings," Morton said.
"I want to get as many innings in as I can. I felt good the first three, then I just kind of got out of sync…On the mound, I got to be able to make those adjustments to make my pitches. And I didn’t."
Elliot Johnson started the third inning with a double over the head of Jose Tabata in right. After advancing to third on a ground out, Ben Zobrist drove Johnson in with a RBI ground out to first.
"Right up until that third inning, I felt pretty good in terms of where I was," Morton said. "I just got out of sync in the fourth inning. And obviously made a mistake in the fif...