Morton, Gonzalez help Astros over Orioles 6-1

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Morton, Gonzalez help Astros over Orioles 6-1
Houston Astros starting pitcher Charlie Morton walks to the dugout after completing the top of the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Monday, April 2, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

HOUSTON (AP) — Charlie Morton pitched six scoreless innings, Marwin Gonzalez homered and the Houston Astros beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-1 on Monday night in their home opener after winning their first World Series title last year.

Morton (1-0) allowed three hits and struck out six. The right-hander picked up where he left off after getting the final 12 outs in Game 7 against the Dodgers on a night when the Astros unveiled their championship banner.

Brad Peacock pitched a perfect seventh and Will Harris allowed one hit in the eighth before Collin McHugh took over. The starter-turned-reliever allowed a homer to Trey Mancini and a double to Colby Rasmus before retiring the last three batters.