Astros clinch 2nd straight AL West title, win 100th

TORONTO (AP) Houston is heating up as October approaches.

The Astros clinched another AL West title and reached 100 wins for the second straight season, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Tuesday night behind Alex Bregman's two-run homer.

Houston improved to 100-57 and was assured of first place hours later when second-place Oakland (95-63) lost at Seattle. The Astros will open the Division Series at home against Cleveland on Oct. 5.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch, said he would not stay up to watch the outcome of the Athletics game.

''I'm going to go to bed,'' he said. ''Do you hear my voice? I'll wake up in the middle of the night and figure it out.''

The Astros need three wins in their final five games to break the franchise record for victories in a season, set in 1998.

''I'm proud of this team, and they're not done yet,'' Hinch said. ''To be at 100 and climbing is remarkable for this team, and we should be very proud.''

Houston is 18-4 in September and 54-22 on the road, both best in the major leagues.

''We really haven't played our best baseball until lately,'' Bregman said. ''That's a good sign heading into the postseason. I think we're in a good spot right now.''

Roberto Osuna needed just six pitches in the ninth for his 20th save in 21 chances. Earlier Tuesday, assault charges against Osuna were dropped because the complainant, who lives in Mexico, made clear she would not travel to Toronto to testify. Osuna agreed to stay away from the alleged victim for one year and continue counseling.

Traded from Toronto to Houston in July, Osuna was booed by Blue Jays fans for the second straight game, starting with when he entered and then in between pitches. Speaking through a translator, Osuna said he was untroubled by the negative reaction.

''When I came into the game I was focused on what I had to do, so it didn't affect me,'' he said.

Josh James (2-0) allowed one run and four hits in five innings in his third big league start.

''It was probably the least efficient outing of his young career,'' Hinch said. ''He had to battle through some delivery issues.''

Bregman went 2 for 5 and extended his club-record streak of reaching base safely on the road to 53 games, then longest since 59 in a row by the New York Yankees' Derek Jeter in 2006 and 2007.

Bregman hit his 31st homer, a two-run drive in the first off Sam Gaviglio. Billy McKinney's sixth homer cut the gap in half in the third, but Houston widened its lead in the sixth when Tyler White chased Gaviglio with an RBI single and pinch-hitter Evan Gattis had a sacrifice fly off Danny Barnes.

Gaviglio (3-9) allowed four runs - three earned - and six hits in five-plus innings, his fifth straight winless outing. With Toronto's starting rotation dealing with injuries all season, Gaviglio has made a career-high 23 starts for the Blue Jays, winning twice.

''It's been a good experience, a lot of learning,'' he said. ''I wish I could have been a little more consistent.''

PRESSLY IMPRESSING

Astros RHP Ryan Pressly struck out Toronto's Justin Smoak on three pitches to leave the bases loaded in the seventh. Pressly has not allowed a run in his past 20 games.

''I love Pressly against anybody in the league right now,'' Hinch said. ''He has effective breaking balls and he's got 96-97 if he needs it.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: SS Carlos Correa (back) missed his sixth straight game. Correa is expected to return Wednesday and start at designated hitter.

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez had season-ending surgery Tuesday on his troublesome right index finger and is expected to be ready for spring training. The surgery was performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Steven Shin. The Blue Jays did not disclose the specifics of the surgery or say what it was intended to repair. Sanchez went 4-6 with a 4.89 ERA in 20 starts, including a 1-1 record and 6.04 ERA in five starts after returning from a 54-game absence. Sanchez was hurt hours before a June 21 start at the Los Angeles Angels when his finger got caught in a suitcase. ... INF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (strained left hamstring) will miss the rest of the season. Gurriel was injured running out a ground ball in the first inning Monday.

UP NEXT

Astros RHP Chris Devenski (2-2, 4.12) makes his first start of the season Wednesday following 47 relief appearances. RHP Sean Reid-Foley (2-4, 5.40) starts for the Blue Jays in Toronto's home finale.

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  • W: J. James (2-0)L: S. Gaviglio (3-9)S: R. Osuna (20)
  • HR: HOU - A. Bregman (31), TOR - B. McKinney (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF-RF41100012.265.345.430.7751.5
J. Altuve DH50000015.314.385.451.836-0.5
A. Bregman SS51221010.289.395.538.9347.5
M. Gonzalez 2B41000111.249.326.414.7411.5
Y. Gurriel 3B41200001.291.324.432.7553.0
T. White 1B30110102.294.376.572.9483.0
J. Reddick RF-LF40000014.238.314.392.706-0.5
M. Maldonado C40100013.227.279.356.6350.5
T. Kemp LF20000011.272.357.407.765-0.5
a- E. Gattis PH00010000.230.287.462.7491.0
J. Marisnick CF10100000.210.266.390.6563.0
  • a-hit a sacrifice fly for Kemp in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Davis CF30100000.222.300.278.5782.0
a- J. Smoak PH10000013.244.353.461.814-0.5
A. Alford CF00000000.125.222.125.3470.0
B. McKinney RF41111011.269.322.491.8135.5
R. Tellez 1B40000011.339.351.6611.012-0.5
K. Morales DH20000001.249.331.438.7690.0
b- T. Hernandez PH-DH20000020.237.295.457.753-1.0
Y. Solarte 3B40000010.229.280.382.662-0.5
A. Diaz SS30200100.266.304.460.7644.0
D. Smith LF40100002.258.338.484.8222.0
D. Jansen C20000013.260.356.455.8100.5
R. Urena 2B20100101.294.341.376.7172.0
  • a-struck out for Davis in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Morales in the 6th
BATTING
  • 3B - J. Marisnick
  • HR - A. Bregman (31)
  • SF - E. Gattis (8)
  • RBI - A. Bregman 2 (103), T. White (42), E. Gattis (78)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer, J. Altuve 4 (4), T. White 2 (2), J. Reddick 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Davis, A. Diaz (26), D. Smith (8)
  • HR - B. McKinney (6)
  • RBI - B. McKinney (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. McKinney (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Smoak 3 (3), K. Morales, D. Smith, D. Jansen
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Gurriel-Gonzalez-White; Gonzalez-Bregman-White)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Davis, D. Jansen (2), Y. Solarte (9)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. James (W, 2-0)5.04111312.571.0017.5
T. Sipp (H, 10)1.00000101.911.063.5
C. McHugh (H, 11)0.22001102.050.92-2.5
R. Pressly (H, 21)0.10000102.571.110.5
H. Rondon (H, 9)1.00000103.261.313.5
R. Osuna (S, 20)1.00000002.430.9710.0
PITCHERSIP
J. James (W, 2-0)5.0
T. Sipp (H, 10)1.0
C. McHugh (H, 11)0.2
R. Pressly (H, 21)0.1
H. Rondon (H, 9)1.0
R. Osuna (S, 20)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Gaviglio (L, 3-9)5.06432315.191.430.5
J. Fernandez0.10000105.791.180.5
D. Barnes0.20000005.711.680.0
D. Paulino1.01000001.591.062.0
M. Leiter1.01000107.712.012.5
T. Guerrieri1.00000204.321.444.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. James
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. James 65-44, T. Sipp 10-6, C. McHugh 21-12, R. Pressly 3-3, H. Rondon 13-7, R. Osuna 6-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. James 5-5, T. Sipp 1-1, H. Rondon 2-0, R. Osuna 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. James 19, T. Sipp 3, C. McHugh 5, R. Pressly, H. Rondon 3, R. Osuna 3
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Gaviglio (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gaviglio 83-52, J. Fernandez 4-4, D. Barnes 8-5, D. Paulino 22-13, M. Leiter 15-10, T. Guerrieri 10-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gaviglio 10-3, D. Barnes 1-1, D. Paulino 1-2, T. Guerrieri 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Gaviglio 24, J. Fernandez 2, D. Barnes 3, D. Paulino 4, M. Leiter 4, T. Guerrieri 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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G. Springer CF-RF41100012.265.345.430.7751.5
J. Altuve DH50000015.314.385.451.836-0.5
A. Bregman SS51221010.289.395.538.9347.5
M. Gonzalez 2B41000111.249.326.414.7411.5
Y. Gurriel 3B41200001.291.324.432.7553.0
T. White 1B30110102.294.376.572.9483.0
J. Reddick RF-LF40000014.238.314.392.706-0.5
M. Maldonado C40100013.227.279.356.6350.5
T. Kemp LF20000011.272.357.407.765-0.5
a- E. Gattis PH00010000.230.287.462.7491.0
J. Marisnick CF10100000.210.266.390.6563.0
Total3648412719-----
  • a-hit a sacrifice fly for Kemp in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Davis CF30100000.222.300.278.5782.0
a- J. Smoak PH10000013.244.353.461.814-0.5
A. Alford CF00000000.125.222.125.3470.0
B. McKinney RF41111011.269.322.491.8135.5
R. Tellez 1B40000011.339.351.6611.012-0.5
K. Morales DH20000001.249.331.438.7690.0
b- T. Hernandez PH-DH20000020.237.295.457.753-1.0
Y. Solarte 3B40000010.229.280.382.662-0.5
A. Diaz SS30200100.266.304.460.7644.0
D. Smith LF40100002.258.338.484.8222.0
D. Jansen C20000013.260.356.455.8100.5
R. Urena 2B20100101.294.341.376.7172.0
Total3417112713-----
  • a-struck out for Davis in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Morales in the 6th
BATTING
  • 3B - J. Marisnick
  • HR - A. Bregman (31)
  • SF - E. Gattis (8)
  • RBI - A. Bregman 2 (103), T. White (42), E. Gattis (78)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer, J. Altuve 4 (4), T. White 2 (2), J. Reddick 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Davis, A. Diaz (26), D. Smith (8)
  • HR - B. McKinney (6)
  • RBI - B. McKinney (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. McKinney (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Smoak 3 (3), K. Morales, D. Smith, D. Jansen
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Gurriel-Gonzalez-White; Gonzalez-Bregman-White)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Davis, D. Jansen (2), Y. Solarte (9)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. James (W, 2-0)5.04111312.571.0017.5
T. Sipp (H, 10)1.00000101.911.063.5
C. McHugh (H, 11)0.22001102.050.92-2.5
R. Pressly (H, 21)0.10000102.571.110.5
H. Rondon (H, 9)1.00000103.261.313.5
R. Osuna (S, 20)1.00000002.430.9710.0
Total9.0611271---
PITCHERSIP
J. James (W, 2-0)5.0
T. Sipp (H, 10)1.0
C. McHugh (H, 11)0.2
R. Pressly (H, 21)0.1
H. Rondon (H, 9)1.0
R. Osuna (S, 20)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Gaviglio (L, 3-9)5.06432315.191.430.5
J. Fernandez0.10000105.791.180.5
D. Barnes0.20000005.711.680.0
D. Paulino1.01000001.591.062.0
M. Leiter1.01000107.712.012.5
T. Guerrieri1.00000204.321.444.0
Total9.0843271---
PITCHERSIP
S. Gaviglio (L, 3-9)5.0
J. Fernandez0.1
D. Barnes0.2
D. Paulino1.0
M. Leiter1.0
T. Guerrieri1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. James
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. James 65-44, T. Sipp 10-6, C. McHugh 21-12, R. Pressly 3-3, H. Rondon 13-7, R. Osuna 6-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. James 5-5, T. Sipp 1-1, H. Rondon 2-0, R. Osuna 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. James 19, T. Sipp 3, C. McHugh 5, R. Pressly, H. Rondon 3, R. Osuna 3
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Gaviglio (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gaviglio 83-52, J. Fernandez 4-4, D. Barnes 8-5, D. Paulino 22-13, M. Leiter 15-10, T. Guerrieri 10-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gaviglio 10-3, D. Barnes 1-1, D. Paulino 1-2, T. Guerrieri 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Gaviglio 24, J. Fernandez 2, D. Barnes 3, D. Paulino 4, M. Leiter 4, T. Guerrieri 3
  • 6TH INNING
    Gattis hit sacrifice fly to left, Gurriel scored41
    White singled to center, Gonzalez scored, Gurriel to second31
  • 3RD INNING
    McKinney homered to right21
  • 1ST INNING
    Bregman homered to left, Springer scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Taylor Guerrieri relieved Mark Leiter
    • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
    • A. Bregman: Bregman grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Roberto Osuna relieved Hector Rondon
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Solarte grounded out to first
    • A. Diaz: Diaz lined out to right
    • D. Smith: Smith flied out to deep center
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Anthony Alford in center field
    • Mark Leiter relieved David Paulino
    • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
    • M. Maldonado: Maldonado lined out to center
    • J. Marisnick: Foul, Ball, Marisnick tripled to deep right center
    • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Springer flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Hector Rondon relieved Ryan Pressly
    • B. McKinney: Ball, Ball, McKinney grounded out to second
    • R. Tellez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Tellez grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • David Paulino relieved Danny Barnes
    • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman singled to center
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez lined out to right
    • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Gurriel flied out to center
    • T. White: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, White grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Collin McHugh relieved Tony Sipp
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike swinging, Solarte flied out to left
    • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Diaz singled to left
    • D. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Smith doubled to deep right, Diaz to third
    • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Jansen struck out looking
    • R. Urena: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Urena walked
    • Justin Smoak hit for Jonathan Davis
    • Ryan Pressly relieved Collin McHugh
    • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Gurriel singled to left, Gonzalez to third
    • T. White: Ball, White singled to center, Gonzalez scored, Gurriel to second
    • Jose Fernandez relieved Sam Gaviglio
    • J. Reddick: Reddick safe at first on center fielder Davis fielding error, Gurriel to third, White to second
    • M. Maldonado: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
    • Evan Gattis hit for Tony Kemp
    • Danny Barnes relieved Jose Fernandez
    • E. Gattis: Ball, Gattis hit sacrifice fly to left, Gurriel scored
    • G. Springer: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Springer reached on catcher's interference, White to third, Reddick to second on catcher Jansen fielding error
    • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded into fielder's choice to third, Springer out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 2 Errors)
    • Tony Sipp relieved Josh James
    • Jake Marisnick in center field
    • B. McKinney: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McKinney flied out to right
    • R. Tellez: Tellez grounded out to second
    • Teoscar Hernandez hit for Kendrys Morales
    • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
    • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
    • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded out to first
    • A. Bregman: Bregman flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. James Pitching:
    • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Ball, Jansen hit by pitch
    • R. Urena: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Urena grounded out to shortstop, Jansen out at second
    • J. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Davis grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
    • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Reddick grounded out to first
    • M. Maldonado: Foul, Maldonado grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kemp struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. James Pitching:
    • K. Morales: Ball, Strike looking, Morales grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Solarte struck out swinging
    • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Diaz walked
    • D. Smith: Smith popped out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez flied out to deep left
    • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel singled to deep left
    • T. White: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, White grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Gurriel out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. James Pitching:
    • R. Urena: Ball, Foul, Ball, Urena singled to left
    • J. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Davis grounded out to second, Urena out at second
    • B. McKinney: Foul, Ball, McKinney homered to right
    • R. Tellez: Strike swinging, Foul, Tellez lined out to left
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
    • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Maldonado singled to center
    • T. Kemp: Kemp lined out to center
    • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Maldonado to second on wild pitch, Ball, Springer grounded out to shortstop, Maldonado to third
    • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Altuve grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. James Pitching:
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Solarte grounded out to third
    • A. Diaz: Foul, Diaz doubled to deep right center
    • D. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Smith flied out to left
    • D. Jansen: Ball, Jansen fouled out to catcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
    • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Ball, Springer singled to center
    • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Altuve grounded out to pitcher, Springer to second
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman homered to left, Springer scored
    • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel safe at first on 3rd baseman Solarte throwing error, Gurriel to second
    • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, White walked
    • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • J. James Pitching:
    • J. Davis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Davis doubled to deep left
    • B. McKinney: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, McKinney struck out swinging
    • R. Tellez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Tellez struck out looking
    • K. Morales: Ball, Morales flied out to center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)