Correa HRs twice, Astros magic number at 1 for AL West

HOUSTON (AP) Carlos Correa returned to the dugout after hitting his second homer Friday night, beat his chest and twice repeated the words: ''I'm back.''

Houston's star shortstop finally looks healthy after missing 80 games with various injuries this season, great news as the Astros inch closer to the playoffs.

''I feel great,'' Correa said. ''It felt great to get the rhythm, timing and today was a positive day. Obviously it gives you a lot of confidence.''

Correa homered twice and Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman also connected and the Astros dropped their magic number to clinch the AL West to one by beating the Los Angeles Angels 6-4.

A win by the Astros or a loss by the Athletics on Saturday will give Houston a third consecutive division title. The Astros have won six straight games and already secured a playoff spot.

''We can feel it,'' Altuve said. ''We're excited. We all are anxious about things right now which is normal because we want to make it happen.''

Altuve sent Jaime Barria's fifth pitch into the left field seats to spark a five-run first inning, which also included Bregman's 38th homer and Correa's first connection after missing nearly a month with a sore back - this was his second game since returning. Aledmys Diaz followed Correa with a double and scored on Josh Reddick's single to make it 5-0.

''I couldn't really locate my slider,'' Barria said through a translator. ''All of the runs I gave up were with my offspeed that I left up in the zone.''

Zack Greinke (17-5) retired his first six batters before Kevan Smith hit his first pitch of the third inning into the bullpen in right-center to cut the lead to 5-1.

Correa's second homer came with one out in the bottom of the inning to put Houston up 6-1.

Andrelton Simmons hit a two-run single in the fourth and Smith scored him to pull Los Angeles within two.

Greinke yielded seven hits and four runs in five innings to win his third straight decision. Greinke has won seven of eight decisions since a trade from Arizona on July 31. He didn't walk anyone for the fourth straight start, which is the longest streak of his career.

Roberto Osuna allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth for his 36th save.

Barria (4-10) allowed eight hits and six runs in 2 2/3 innings to drop his seventh straight decision.

Altuve's home run was his 30th this season and gives the Astros four players with at least 30 for the first time. Along with Altuve and Bregman, George Springer (35) and Yuli Gurriel (30) have also reached the mark.

Bregman's 38 homers are the most by an Astro since Lance Berkman hit 45 in 2006.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: OF Mike Trout had surgery to remove a growth from his right foot Friday in California, and manager Brad Ausmus said he texted with him and that he was feeling good. Trout last played Sept. 7 and the team announced that his season would end early because of the problem with his foot.

Astros: All-Star reliever Ryan Pressly was activated from the injured list Friday after missing a month after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Pressly struck out two in a scoreless seventh. ... Gurriel was out of the lineup on Friday because of a stomach ailment.

LANGSTON HOSPITALIZED

Angels radio broadcaster Mark Langston had a medical emergency Friday night and was taken to a hospital where he was alert and undergoing testing. The 59-year-old Langston pitched in the majors for 16 seasons, including eight for the Angels.

THEY SAID IT

Altuve on hitting 30 home runs for the first time in his career: ''I always wanted to hit 30 homers. I always said it before. A lot of people didn't think I could play in the big leagues. They kept telling me: `No, no,' and then all of a sudden I hit 30 homers, so that's pretty good.''

UP NEXT

Angels: LHP Patrick Sandoval (0-3, 4.91 ERA) will start for Los Angeles on Saturday night. Sandoval allowed two hits and one run in four innings but did not factor in the decision in a 6-4 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Astros: LHP Wade Miley (14-5, 3.71) is scheduled to start for Houston on Saturday. Miley yielded seven hits and two runs in six innings for a win against Kansas City in his last start.

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  • W: Z. Greinke (17-5)L: J. Barria (4-10)S: R. Osuna (36)
  • HR: LAA - K. Smith (5), HOU - J. Altuve (30), C. Correa 2 (21), A. Bregman (38)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fletcher 2B40000021.288.348.383.731-1.0
B. Goodwin CF40000021.262.323.468.792-1.0
A. Pujols DH41100000.248.308.443.7512.0
K. Calhoun RF41100000.235.328.476.8042.0
A. Simmons SS41120010.259.302.353.6554.5
J. Walsh 1B30100110.212.278.318.5961.5
K. Smith C41321011.257.330.404.7338.5
M. Thaiss 3B40100023.197.289.379.6670.0
M. Hermosillo LF30000022.182.357.227.584-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Altuve 2B41111011.301.357.557.9145.5
    M. Brantley LF40000001.315.377.506.8830.0
    A. Bregman 3B31111100.295.420.5851.0057.0
    Y. Alvarez DH41100011.317.417.6661.0821.5
    C. Correa SS42232011.277.355.568.92412.5
    A. Diaz 1B41300001.259.332.430.7625.0
    J. Reddick RF40110002.273.317.404.7212.0
    R. Chirinos C30100021.243.354.454.8082.0
    J. Marisnick CF40000004.236.294.414.7080.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Simmons (17)
      • HR - K. Smith (5)
      • RBI - A. Simmons 2 (35), K. Smith 2 (17)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Goodwin, K. Smith, M. Thaiss, M. Hermosillo (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Diaz (10), R. Chirinos (21)
      • HR - J. Altuve (30), A. Bregman (38), C. Correa 2 (21)
      • RBI - J. Altuve (69), A. Bregman (106), C. Correa 3 (59), J. Reddick (52)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley (45), A. Diaz, J. Reddick, J. Marisnick (33)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Altuve-Correa-Diaz)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Barria (L, 4-10)2.28660146.431.44-12.5
      T. Cole2.11000106.241.615.5
      N. Ramirez1.01000104.201.232.5
      K. Middleton1.00001100.000.862.5
      A. Mejia1.00000106.901.773.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Barria (L, 4-10)2.2
      T. Cole2.1
      N. Ramirez1.0
      K. Middleton1.0
      A. Mejia1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Greinke (W, 17-5)5.07440413.051.0113.0
      J. James (H, 6)1.00001204.941.343.0
      R. Pressly (H, 28)1.00000202.450.924.0
      W. Harris (H, 26)1.00000101.550.973.5
      R. Osuna (S, 36)1.01000202.760.8910.0
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Greinke (W, 17-5)5.0
      J. James (H, 6)1.0
      R. Pressly (H, 28)1.0
      W. Harris (H, 26)1.0
      R. Osuna (S, 36)1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Barria (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Barria 65-41, T. Cole 32-19, N. Ramirez 12-9, K. Middleton 17-10, A. Mejia 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Barria 2-5, T. Cole 4-2, N. Ramirez 2-0, K. Middleton 1-1, A. Mejia 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Barria 17, T. Cole 8, N. Ramirez 4, K. Middleton 4, A. Mejia 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 86-58, J. James 16-10, R. Pressly 10-8, W. Harris 12-8, R. Osuna 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 4-6, W. Harris 1-1, R. Osuna 1-0
      • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 21, J. James 4, R. Pressly 3, W. Harris 3, R. Osuna 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      LAA69-85
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      HOU101-53
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Fletcher 2B40000021.288.348.383.731-1.0
      B. Goodwin CF40000021.262.323.468.792-1.0
      A. Pujols DH41100000.248.308.443.7512.0
      K. Calhoun RF41100000.235.328.476.8042.0
      A. Simmons SS41120010.259.302.353.6554.5
      J. Walsh 1B30100110.212.278.318.5961.5
      K. Smith C41321011.257.330.404.7338.5
      M. Thaiss 3B40100023.197.289.379.6670.0
      M. Hermosillo LF30000022.182.357.227.584-1.0
      Total3448411118-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Altuve 2B41111011.301.357.557.9145.5
        M. Brantley LF40000001.315.377.506.8830.0
        A. Bregman 3B31111100.295.420.5851.0057.0
        Y. Alvarez DH41100011.317.417.6661.0821.5
        C. Correa SS42232011.277.355.568.92412.5
        A. Diaz 1B41300001.259.332.430.7625.0
        J. Reddick RF40110002.273.317.404.7212.0
        R. Chirinos C30100021.243.354.454.8082.0
        J. Marisnick CF40000004.236.294.414.7080.0
        Total34610641512-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Simmons (17)
          • HR - K. Smith (5)
          • RBI - A. Simmons 2 (35), K. Smith 2 (17)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Goodwin, K. Smith, M. Thaiss, M. Hermosillo (4)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Diaz (10), R. Chirinos (21)
          • HR - J. Altuve (30), A. Bregman (38), C. Correa 2 (21)
          • RBI - J. Altuve (69), A. Bregman (106), C. Correa 3 (59), J. Reddick (52)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley (45), A. Diaz, J. Reddick, J. Marisnick (33)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Altuve-Correa-Diaz)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Barria (L, 4-10)2.28660146.431.44-12.5
          T. Cole2.11000106.241.615.5
          N. Ramirez1.01000104.201.232.5
          K. Middleton1.00001100.000.862.5
          A. Mejia1.00000106.901.773.5
          Total8.01066154---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Barria (L, 4-10)2.2
          T. Cole2.1
          N. Ramirez1.0
          K. Middleton1.0
          A. Mejia1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          Z. Greinke (W, 17-5)5.07440413.051.0113.0
          J. James (H, 6)1.00001204.941.343.0
          R. Pressly (H, 28)1.00000202.450.924.0
          W. Harris (H, 26)1.00000101.550.973.5
          R. Osuna (S, 36)1.01000202.760.8910.0
          Total9.08441111---
          PITCHERSIP
          Z. Greinke (W, 17-5)5.0
          J. James (H, 6)1.0
          R. Pressly (H, 28)1.0
          W. Harris (H, 26)1.0
          R. Osuna (S, 36)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Barria (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Barria 65-41, T. Cole 32-19, N. Ramirez 12-9, K. Middleton 17-10, A. Mejia 12-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Barria 2-5, T. Cole 4-2, N. Ramirez 2-0, K. Middleton 1-1, A. Mejia 2-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Barria 17, T. Cole 8, N. Ramirez 4, K. Middleton 4, A. Mejia 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 86-58, J. James 16-10, R. Pressly 10-8, W. Harris 12-8, R. Osuna 15-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 4-6, W. Harris 1-1, R. Osuna 1-0
          • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 21, J. James 4, R. Pressly 3, W. Harris 3, R. Osuna 4
          • 4TH INNING
            Smith singled to shallow right, Simmons scored, Walsh to second46
            Simmons doubled to shallow right, Pujols and Calhoun scored36
          • 3RD INNING
            Correa homered to left center16
            Smith homered to right center15
          • 1ST INNING
            Reddick singled to left center, Diaz scored05
            Correa homered to center, Alvarez scored04
            Bregman homered to left02
            Altuve homered to left01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Roberto Osuna relieved Will Harris
            • A. Simmons: Simmons grounded out to third
            • J. Walsh: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Walsh struck out swinging
            • K. Smith: Foul, Smith singled to right center
            • M. Thaiss: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Thaiss struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Will Harris relieved Ryan Pressly
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Goodwin struck out on foul tip
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun popped out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Adalberto Mejia relieved Keynan Middleton
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Reddick grounded out to first
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • J. Marisnick: Marisnick grounded bunt out to pitcher
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Ryan Pressly relieved Josh James
            • M. Thaiss: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Thaiss struck out looking
            • M. Hermosillo: Ball, Strike swinging, Hermosillo flied out to center
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Fletcher struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Keynan Middleton relieved Noe Ramirez
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bregman walked
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Alvarez struck out looking
            • C. Correa: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Correa flied out to deep right
            • A. Diaz: Diaz grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Josh James relieved Zack Greinke
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Calhoun flied out to right
            • A. Simmons: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Simmons struck out looking
            • J. Walsh: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Walsh walked
            • K. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Noe Ramirez relieved Taylor Cole
            • R. Chirinos: Strike swinging, Foul, Chirinos doubled to deep left
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Marisnick grounded out to second, Chirinos to third
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Brantley grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • D. Fletcher: Ball, Fletcher popped out to second
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Goodwin grounded out to second
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pujols popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Cole Pitching:
            • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Alvarez grounded out to second
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
            • A. Diaz: Diaz singled to right
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Reddick grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Pujols singled to right
            • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Foul, Calhoun singled to right, Pujols to second
            • A. Simmons: Simmons doubled to shallow right, Pujols and Calhoun scored
            • J. Walsh: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Walsh singled to right, Simmons to third
            • K. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Smith singled to shallow right, Simmons scored, Walsh to second
            • M. Thaiss: Thaiss grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Walsh to third, Smith out at second
            • M. Hermosillo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hermosillo struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Cole Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Altuve grounded out to second
            • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman flied out to deep center
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • K. Smith: Smith homered to right center
            • M. Thaiss: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Thaiss singled to shallow right center
            • M. Hermosillo: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hermosillo struck out swinging
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Fletcher struck out looking
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Strike looking, Alvarez grounded out to pitcher
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Correa homered to left center
            • A. Diaz: Foul, Diaz singled to center
            • J. Reddick: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Reddick popped out to shortstop
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Chirinos hit by pitch, Diaz to second
            • Taylor Cole relieved Jaime Barria
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Marisnick popped out to second
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Calhoun grounded out to second
            • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Simmons popped out to third
            • J. Walsh: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Walsh popped out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Altuve flied out to left
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to second
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bregman flied out to left
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • D. Fletcher: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Fletcher flied out to left
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Goodwin flied out to left
            • A. Pujols: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Altuve homered to left
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Brantley flied out to deep right
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman homered to left
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Alvarez singled to shallow center
            • C. Correa: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Correa homered to center, Alvarez scored
            • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Diaz doubled to left center
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Reddick singled to left center, Diaz scored
            • R. Chirinos: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Chirinos struck out on foul tip
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Marisnick flied out to left
            • End of the 1st (5 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)