Sunday, December 10, 2023

The Astros seal the sweep and take the AL West title

PHOENIX — The Houston Astros came back to claim their third straight American League West Division title by defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-1 on Sunday, thanks to six strong innings by Dominican Cristian Javier and Alex Bregman’s two career home runs.

The Astros must win and Texas lose to win the division title. Houston did the same by knocking out Kyle Nelson (7-4) from the first pitch. Houston took a 5-0 lead after two innings and Javier (10-5) allowed just three hits to the Diamondbacks with no firepower.

Kyle Tucker contributed a sacrifice fly to reach 112 RBIs, the most in the American League and third in the Major Leagues.

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Cuban José Abreu added a two-run homer in the seventh and the Astros won their sixth division title in seven years, after the Rangers lost 1-0 to the Mariners.

The Astros will have a bye in the wild-card round, while the Diamondbacks will face the Brewers in a best-of-three series that begins Tuesday.

For the Astros, Venezuelan José Altuve is 4-1, with one run scored. Cubans Yadier Álvarez 3-1, scored one; and Abreu 2-for-4, two runs scored and two RBIs. Puerto Rican Martín Maldonado 3-0. Dominican Jeremy Peña 3-1, one RBI.

For the DBacks, Cuban Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 2 for 4, one RBI. Puerto Rican Emmanuel Rivera 3-1.

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