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Astros rout Rangers, secure home-field advantage in ALDS as Red Sox fall
2019.06.18 18:22
The Astros clinched home-field advantage in the American League Division Series Tuesday night with a 14-3 win over the rival Rangers paired with a Red Sox lo s. Houston also moved within onegameof the Indians for the best record in the AL, although Cleveland owns the tiebreaker with five games to play.Every Astros starting position players recorded a hit in the rout of Cole Hamels and the Rangers. Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa led the way with three hits apiece and combinedfor five RBIs. Brian McCann and Cameron Maybin each added three RBIs for the Astros, which matched a club record with their 49th road win of the season.All of the attention in Houston has been on newly acquired starting pitcher Justin Verlander and rightfully so. The former Tigerhas gone 4-0 in his month with the Astros and got the team back on track after the team’s worst month of the season in August.However, as good as Verlander has been, 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel has gradually been coming back into form. The former eighth-round pick to sed six innings, allowed five hits, one earned run and struck out eight Tuesday in the Astros’ 97th win of https://www.dodgersedge.com/los-angeles-dodgers/justin-turner-jersey the season.Keuchel is 5-3 in his last nine starts, but more importantly he has gone at least six innings in eight of those outings, he’s allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven of them, and he has struck out 49 batters in 53 innings. The Astros have every bit of confidence in Verlander as they should, but they are regaining that beliefin Keuchelthey had two years ago.In the National League playoff picture, the Rockies held their ground in the wild-card race behind a fantastic start from Tyler Anderson as they were able to secure a 6-0 victory over the Marlins. Anderson to sed seven innings of four-hit, no-run baseball in which he struck out five.The Brewers kept pace with the Rockies as they rode the momentum from a four-run first inning that included a three-run Domingo Santana home run to a 7-6 win over the Reds. Milwaukee trails the Rockies by Yasmani Grandal Jersey 1 1/2 games for the second wild-card spot.The Cardinals kept their slim playoff hopes alive by keeping the Cubs from locking up the division title with an 8-7 win. The Red Birds are 2 1/2 games out of the final wild-card spot.Studs of the NightThe Twins came back to defeat the Indians in dramatic fashion as Brian Dozier’s three-run homer in the eighth inningled Minnesota to an 8-6victory. The win moves the Twins magic number to one to lock up the second AL wild-card spot.The Pirates are out of the playoff race, but Andrew McCutchen is playing like his team is in it. The Pittsburgh starwent 4 for 4 with two home runs, including a grand slam, a double, a single and eight RBIs in a 10-1 win over the Orioles.Dud of the NightBoston got no help in fending off the Yankees, who are still vying for the AL East title. The Rays fell to New York 6-1 but Tampa starter Blake Snell couldn’t even get out of the second inning. The young lefty to sed one-plus, allowed four hits, four earned runs and four walks while throwing le s than half of his pitches (24 of 49) for strikes.HighlightBraves center fielder Ender Inciarte flashed his Gold Glove on an Asdrubal Cabrera line drive.A 26% catch probability? That’s no problem for @Braves CF @ https://www.dodgersedge.com/los-angeles-dodgers/sandy-koufax-jersey enderinciartem!His 17 catches rated are 3rd most in @MLB this season. pic.twitter.com/50XmMr6Hl7 #Statcast (@statcast) September 27, 2017What’s NextTwins (83-74) at Indians (98-59) 7:10 ET The Twins can lock up a playoff spot with a win (or an Angels lo s) Wednesday while the Indians will do their best to hold off the surging Astros, who have Verlander on the mound in their matchup with the Rangers. Danny Salazar (5-6, 4.48 ERA) toes the rubber for the Tribe against the Twins’ Adalberto Mejia (4-6, 4.48 ERA).