Astros top Jays, then clinch AL West title


The Houston Astros clinched the American League West title early Wednesday morning (Eastern time), hours after beating the host Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 for their 100th win of the season.

The Oakland A’s took a 10-8, 11-inning road loss to the Seattle Mariners, wrapping up the division crown for the Astros.

Houston’s Alex Bregman hit a two-run home run, and Josh James pitched an effective five innings at Toronto. Yuli Gurriel had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

The Astros (100-57) reached triple-digit wins for the third time in club history and for the second consecutive season. Houston has won the first two games of the three-game series.

James (2-0) allowed one run, four hits and one walk in five innings. He struck out three in his third career major league start.

Former Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 20th save of the season, his 11th with Houston. Earlier in the day in Toronto, he accepted a one-year peace bond, and an assault charge against him was dropped. He had been suspended for 75 games by Major League Baseball for the incident.

Billy McKinney hit a solo homer for the Blue Jays.

Toronto starter Sam Gaviglio (3-9) allowed four runs (three earned), six hits and two walks in five-plus innings. He fanned three.

Bregman’s 31st homer of the season followed a leadoff single by George Springer in the first inning.

McKinney hit his sixth homer of the season with two out in the third.

The Astros scored twice in the sixth. Marwin Gonzalez walked, Gurriel singled and Tyler White hit an RBI single.

After Jose Fernandez replaced Gaviglio, center fielder Jonathan Davis was charged with an error when he collided with right fielder McKinney on Josh Reddick’s fly ball. After Martin Maldonado struck out, Danny Barnes replaced Fernandez. Pinch hitter Evan Gattis hit a sacrifice fly.

Tony Sipp tossed a perfect bottom of the sixth for Houston.

The Blue Jays (71-87) loaded the bases against Collin McHugh in the bottom of the seventh, but Ryan Pressly took over and struck out pinch hitter Justin Smoak to end the threat.

Houston’s Hector Rondon set the side down in order in the bottom of the eighth.

–Field Level Media


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