Justin Verlander dominant again as Houston Astros clinch AL West

The Big Maple returns to the mound tonight in Houston

Derek Fisher and George Springer posted two-out hits against Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (4-5) in the second inning, helping lift the Astros (90-58) to a 4-0 lead. The defeat was a painful one for the Mariners, who sit 3 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the AL's second wild-card spot with just 14 games remaining. The lefty threw 50 pitches in his first start since August 10 and fell to 12-4 on the season with a 2.98 ERA.

Justin Verlander delivered another strong start, and the Houston Astros bashed four home runs in their 7-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, a victory that secured the first American League West pennant in franchise history.

Houston Astros catcher Evan Gattis is not in the lineup Saturday against the Seattle Mariners. Paxton has been out since early August with a strained left pectoral muscle, but he had won seven consecutive decisions before going down.

Mets 5, Braves 1 - Robert Gsellman didn't allow an earned run over seven innings, and pinch hitter Asdrubal Cabrera had a two-run homer as NY got a win in Atlanta. First home start and to win in a division-clinching game - you can't make that up. He finally escaped the inning by retiring Tyler White.

Boyd (6-10) allowed only two runners - a walk to Rob Brantly in the third and Anderson's double to right-center field with two outs in the ninth.

On Saturday, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of the division, "I don't care how we finish it out, just finish it out".

Woodruff (2-2) went six innings, limiting Miami to three runs on eight hits and didn't walk a batter.

The closest the Mariners came to a comeback was in the seventh on Robinson Cano's leadoff single.

One of the reasons was on the mound on Sunday in his debut at Minute Maid Park.

Houston outfielder Cameron Maybin got a steal in the sixth inning to give him 31 this season, tying him with Altuve for the AL lead in stolen bases. "They've beaten us. In a number of games that were very tight, they got the big hits and made the big plays late in the game and we didn't". All-Star Carlos Correa went 2-for-4 with a run-scoring double on Friday but has no homers and two RBIs in 48 at-bats this month.

First pitch is scheduled for 11:10 a.m. PT. Catch the game on ROOT Sports and on the air at 770 AM. The left-hander will look to get back on track after allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings of a 10-2 loss to Oakland in his last start.

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