Astros clinch AL West

Astros clinch AL West

If that pace holds through the final 12 days of regular season play, this means the Astros will play the division victor with the third-best record in the first round of the playoffs, likely the Boston Red Sox.

On a day when the Houston Astros cut their magic number to one for clinching the AL West title, they were already looking ahead to accomplishing another goal. And with Houston's league-best offense behind him, that makes the Astros as risky as any other team.

Paxton got four outs and was charged with three runs and four hits, snapping a seven-game winning streak.

The Astros led 3-0 after one inning, jumping all over Paxton (12-4) in his return from the disabled list after sitting out since August 10 with a strained pectoral muscle.

Astros: Justin Verlander (12-8, 3.58 ERA) will make his first home start on Sunday since being traded from the Tigers on August 31.

The Seattle Mariners arrived at Houston winners of three consecutive games. The team got off to a hot start: Dallas Keuchel fended off the Mariners for five scoreless innings and the offense built a six-run lead, relying on key hits from Derek Fisher, George Springer, Josh Reddick and Carlos Beltran to distance themselves from their third-place rivals. "Being here, home crowd, I know there was a great buzz". Shortstop Dixon Machado went deep into the hole to field Avisail Garcia's second-inning grounder, and first baseman Efren Navarro made an over-the-shoulder catch of Anderson's foul pop in the sixth.

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

The loss dropped the Angels two games behind the Twins for the second American League wild-card spot with 13 games remaining. Houston left no doubt as to which team would win the West with that start. He is expected to be out six to eight weeks.

"It's definitely nice to get in the rotation", Moore said.

Astros: RHP Collin McHugh (2-2, 3.61) is scheduled to start against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

The Mariners powered past the Texas Rangers 10-4 on Thursday behind home runs from Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz. It enters the stretch run among the bottom three in ERA. Seager is the fifth Mariner in club history with four or more seasons of 25-plus home runs, joining Ken Griffey Jr.