Springer 3 HRs, Verlander 20th win, Astros clinch AL West

HOUSTON (AP) George Springer, Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros put a check mark in the September box.

And amid the celebration of clinching their third straight AL West title, they already were thinking ahead to what they might achieve in October.

''You can't ever take the first goal for granted,'' Verlander said. ''I know everybody says we're going to win the World Series, but you can't do that without this first. So, step one complete. Now we have the divisional round coming up and we'll ... prepare for that and try to win 11 games.''

Springer hit a career-high three homers, Verlander posted his MLB-leading 20th win and the Astros secured the division crown in grand fashion, routing the Los Angeles Angels 13-5.

A crowd at Minute Maid Park that was cheering from Verlander's first pitch got even louder as Springer homered three times in the first four innings. The Astros kept breaking away and improved to 102-54, a half-game ahead of the New York Yankees for the best record in the majors.

After the final out, the Astros held a bouncing group hug in the middle of the diamond and posed for a team picture. It hasn't been determined who they will face in the playoffs as they try for their second World Series championship in three years.

Manager AJ Hinch spoke to the team in the clubhouse as the players broke out the bubbly and began a spraying celebration.

''I don't ever want to disrespect the things we've already accomplished, but when you're in the moment everything feels like it's the best of all time,'' Hinch said. ''We've done a lot of good things around here over the last five years that I've been here. Every accomplishment seems to be building and building to being better. I like hanging flags: flags for divisions matter, flags for the World Series matter, and I want our guys to appreciate that.''

Springer, the MVP of the 2017 World Series, had two chances to tie the big league record for home runs in a game. He popped up with the bases loaded in the fifth and grounded out in the seventh.

Verlander (20-6) yielded six hits and two runs in five innings to reach 20 wins for the second time in his career and the first since winning the AL MVP and Cy Young Award in 2011 when he went 24-5 for Detroit. This year's AL Cy Young front-runner struck out five to leave him six strikeouts shy of becoming the 18th pitcher in MLB history to reach 3,000.

The 36-year-old righty has fanned 288 this season, second most in his career in second in the majors behind teammate Gerrit Cole.

Verlander, who leads the AL with a 2.53 ERA, is the first Astros pitcher to win 20 games since Dallas Keuchel went 20-8 in 2015 when he won the Cy Young.

It's the second time that Verlander has started a game in which the Astros clinched the division after he did it soon after he was traded from Detroit in 2017.

''The last time I clinched the division for the Houston Astros we went on to do some pretty special things that year,'' he said. ''Glad to be out there. These moments as an organization are so special. I'm just so happy to be a part of it.''

The Astros won their ninth division title. They took the NL West in 1980 and 1986, the NL Central in 1997-99 and 2001 and their three most recent titles in the AL.

Springer homered on his first three at-bats to help Houston take a 4-2 lead in the fourth inning.

''The first at-bat was huge just because we're all waiting to get the lead so we can feel like we're going to clinch,'' Hinch said. ''George does it within the first couple of pitches. He followed it up with a couple more homers ... our vibe was really good today. We wanted to celebrate today.''

The Astros added six runs in a fifth, highlighted by a two-run homer from Alex Bregman to make it 10-2.

Springer, who has a career-best 38 home runs this season, got to work immediately, sending Jose Rodriguez's first pitch into left-center field for his franchise-record 12th leadoff homer this season. That left him one shy of the MLB record for leadoff homers in a season set by Alfonso Soriano with the Yankees in 2003.

Jared Walsh and Michael Hermosillo hit back-to-back triples with two outs in the second to tie it up.

Los Angeles manager Brad Ausmus was asked if seeing the Astros celebrate on Sunday could provide motivation to his team.

''You hope for the younger guys,'' he said. ''Older guys probably just look the other way ... it's a lot more fun to be on that side.''

Aledmys Diaz singled with no outs in the second and Springer connected off Rodriguez (0-1) again with two outs to put the Astros up 3-1.

There were two outs in the fourth when Springer sent a fastball from Jose Suarez into the seats in left field to make it 4-2.

The record of four homers has been done 18 times, mostly recently by J.D. Martinez for Arizona in 2017. This was the 14th time in a regular-season game in franchise history that an Astros player has hit three homers and the second time this season after rookie Yordan Alvarez also did it.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: RHP Brad Peacock (right shoulder soreness) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list. He walked one and struck out one a scoreless sixth.

ATTENDANCE DOWN

The Astros wrapped up their home schedule on Sunday with a season attendance of 2,857,367. That's down from last season when they drew 2,980,549.

UP NEXT

Angels: Los Angeles is off on Monday before LHP Dillon Peters (3-3, 4.81) starts in the opener of two-game series against Oakland. Peters allowed five hits and two runs in his last start but did not factor in the decision against the Yankees.

Astros: Houston is off on Monday and opens a two-game series at Seattle with Cole (18-5, 2.61) on the mound. Cole, who leads the majors with a career-high 302 strikeouts, won his 14th decision in his last start by allowed six hits and two runs in eight innings of a 3-2 win over Texas.

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  • W: J. Verlander (20-6)L: J. Rodriguez (0-1)
  • HR: HOU - G. Springer 3 (38), A. Diaz (8), A. Bregman (39)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fletcher 2B-SS51100001.290.349.388.7372.0
B. Goodwin CF31100221.264.328.469.7973.0
A. Pujols DH40010114.248.310.442.7511.5
K. Calhoun RF41100015.237.328.479.8071.5
T. Ward LF10000010.115.207.192.399-0.5
A. Simmons SS40210000.264.308.359.6674.0
K. Cowart 2B10000000.200.200.200.4000.0
J. Walsh 1B31110114.217.289.348.6375.5
M. Hermosillo LF-RF30120122.179.378.286.6645.0
M. Thaiss 3B40000016.191.281.368.649-0.5
A. Bemboom C31100110.152.170.239.4092.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF53343003.292.378.592.97019.0
    J. Altuve 2B40110100.300.357.552.9093.0
    M. Brantley LF41100113.315.377.504.8812.5
    A. Bregman SS41121012.293.419.5851.0047.5
    Y. Alvarez DH41400000.326.422.6811.1037.0
    K. Tucker PR-DH11000000.306.333.531.8641.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B31100004.305.350.550.9002.0
    A. Toro-Hernandez 3B11000100.235.321.426.7472.0
    A. Diaz 3B-1B43331102.269.342.452.79413.0
    R. Chirinos C51120012.242.352.451.8033.5
    J. Reddick RF30000111.271.316.400.7160.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Simmons (18)
      • 3B - J. Walsh, M. Hermosillo
      • RBI - A. Pujols (92), A. Simmons (37), J. Walsh (5), M. Hermosillo 2 (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Hermosillo 2 (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Pujols (57), K. Calhoun (60), M. Thaiss 4 (14)
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Alvarez 2 (25)
      • HR - G. Springer 3 (38), A. Bregman (39), A. Diaz (8)
      • RBI - G. Springer 4 (94), J. Altuve (70), A. Bregman 2 (108), A. Diaz 3 (38), R. Chirinos 2 (58)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Springer 3 (29)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Bregman (44), Y. Gurriel (58), A. Diaz 2 (20), R. Chirinos
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Simmons-Thaiss-Walsh)
      • PB - A. Bemboom (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Diaz-Altuve-Gurriel)
      • E - A. Toro-Hernandez (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Rodriguez (L, 0-1)2.04331123.241.20-6.5
      J. Suarez2.02110217.341.684.0
      M. Del Pozo0.033300111.881.80-6.0
      J. Anderson0.13322005.931.64-7.0
      J. Jewell1.22331017.231.35-3.0
      T. Cahill2.01001106.101.474.5
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander (W, 20-6)5.06222502.530.8114.5
      B. Peacock1.00001104.011.182.5
      F. Valdez0.01322005.861.67-5.0
      J. James1.01001104.851.351.5
      C. Devenski1.00000105.051.333.5
      R. Osuna1.00000202.710.874.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Rodriguez
      • HBP - J. Suarez (10)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Rodriguez 48-29, J. Suarez 34-20, M. Del Pozo 8-4, J. Anderson 21-10, J. Jewell 22-14, T. Cahill 27-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Rodriguez 2-3, J. Jewell 3-1, T. Cahill 4-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Rodriguez 11, J. Suarez 9, M. Del Pozo 3, J. Anderson 6, J. Jewell 7, T. Cahill 8
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 92-61, B. Peacock 13-8, F. Valdez 16-7, J. James 21-13, C. Devenski 19-11, R. Osuna 9-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 7-2, J. James 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 22, B. Peacock 4, F. Valdez 3, J. James 6, C. Devenski 3, R. Osuna 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Fletcher 2B-SS51100001.290.349.388.7372.0
      B. Goodwin CF31100221.264.328.469.7973.0
      A. Pujols DH40010114.248.310.442.7511.5
      K. Calhoun RF41100015.237.328.479.8071.5
      T. Ward LF10000010.115.207.192.399-0.5
      A. Simmons SS40210000.264.308.359.6674.0
      K. Cowart 2B10000000.200.200.200.4000.0
      J. Walsh 1B31110114.217.289.348.6375.5
      M. Hermosillo LF-RF30120122.179.378.286.6645.0
      M. Thaiss 3B40000016.191.281.368.649-0.5
      A. Bemboom C31100110.152.170.239.4092.5
      Total35585061023-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        G. Springer CF53343003.292.378.592.97019.0
        J. Altuve 2B40110100.300.357.552.9093.0
        M. Brantley LF41100113.315.377.504.8812.5
        A. Bregman SS41121012.293.419.5851.0047.5
        Y. Alvarez DH41400000.326.422.6811.1037.0
        K. Tucker PR-DH11000000.306.333.531.8641.0
        Y. Gurriel 1B31100004.305.350.550.9002.0
        A. Toro-Hernandez 3B11000100.235.321.426.7472.0
        A. Diaz 3B-1B43331102.269.342.452.79413.0
        R. Chirinos C51120012.242.352.451.8033.5
        J. Reddick RF30000111.271.316.400.7160.5
        Total3813151255417-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Simmons (18)
          • 3B - J. Walsh, M. Hermosillo
          • RBI - A. Pujols (92), A. Simmons (37), J. Walsh (5), M. Hermosillo 2 (2)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Hermosillo 2 (2)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Pujols (57), K. Calhoun (60), M. Thaiss 4 (14)
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Alvarez 2 (25)
          • HR - G. Springer 3 (38), A. Bregman (39), A. Diaz (8)
          • RBI - G. Springer 4 (94), J. Altuve (70), A. Bregman 2 (108), A. Diaz 3 (38), R. Chirinos 2 (58)
          • 2-Out RBI - G. Springer 3 (29)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Bregman (44), Y. Gurriel (58), A. Diaz 2 (20), R. Chirinos
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Simmons-Thaiss-Walsh)
          • PB - A. Bemboom (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Diaz-Altuve-Gurriel)
          • E - A. Toro-Hernandez (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Rodriguez (L, 0-1)2.04331123.241.20-6.5
          J. Suarez2.02110217.341.684.0
          M. Del Pozo0.033300111.881.80-6.0
          J. Anderson0.13322005.931.64-7.0
          J. Jewell1.22331017.231.35-3.0
          T. Cahill2.01001106.101.474.5
          Total8.0151312545---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Rodriguez (L, 0-1)2.0
          J. Suarez2.0
          M. Del Pozo0.0
          J. Anderson0.1
          J. Jewell1.2
          T. Cahill2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Verlander (W, 20-6)5.06222502.530.8114.5
          B. Peacock1.00001104.011.182.5
          F. Valdez0.01322005.861.67-5.0
          J. James1.01001104.851.351.5
          C. Devenski1.00000105.051.333.5
          R. Osuna1.00000202.710.874.0
          Total9.08546100---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Verlander (W, 20-6)5.0
          B. Peacock1.0
          F. Valdez0.0
          J. James1.0
          C. Devenski1.0
          R. Osuna1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Rodriguez
          • HBP - J. Suarez (10)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Rodriguez 48-29, J. Suarez 34-20, M. Del Pozo 8-4, J. Anderson 21-10, J. Jewell 22-14, T. Cahill 27-18
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Rodriguez 2-3, J. Jewell 3-1, T. Cahill 4-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Rodriguez 11, J. Suarez 9, M. Del Pozo 3, J. Anderson 6, J. Jewell 7, T. Cahill 8
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 92-61, B. Peacock 13-8, F. Valdez 16-7, J. James 21-13, C. Devenski 19-11, R. Osuna 9-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 7-2, J. James 1-2
          • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 22, B. Peacock 4, F. Valdez 3, J. James 6, C. Devenski 3, R. Osuna 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Hermosillo walked, Goodwin scored, Pujols to third, Simmons to second513
            Simmons singled to left, Fletcher scored, Goodwin to third, Pujols to second413
            Pujols reached on fielder's choice to third, Bemboom scored, Fletcher to third, Goodwin to second on 3rd baseman Toro-Hernandez fielding error313
          • 6TH INNING
            Diaz homered to left center, Tucker and Toro-Hernandez scored213
          • 5TH INNING
            Altuve singled to center, Chirinos scored, Reddick to third210
            Diaz scored, Chirinos to third, Reddick to second on passed ball29
            Chirinos singled to center, Alvarez and Gurriel scored, Diaz to second28
            Bregman homered to left center, Brantley scored26
          • 4TH INNING
            Springer homered to left24
            Walsh grounded out to second, Calhoun scored, Simmons to third23
          • 2ND INNING
            Springer homered to left, Diaz scored13
            Hermosillo tripled to deep center, Walsh scored11
          • 1ST INNING
            Springer homered to left center01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Roberto Osuna relieved Chris Devenski
            • A. Pujols: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
            • T. Ward: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ward struck out swinging
            • K. Cowart: Strike swinging, Cowart fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Chris Devenski relieved Josh James
            • A. Bemboom: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bemboom flied out to center
            • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Fletcher popped out to second
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Cahill Pitching:
            • K. Tucker: Ball, Ball, Tucker flied out to right
            • A. Toro-Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Toro-Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Diaz singled to left center
            • R. Chirinos: Strike swinging, Ball, Chirinos grounded out to third
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Framber Valdez relieved Brad Peacock
            • A. Bemboom: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bemboom walked
            • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Fletcher singled to left, Bemboom to second
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goodwin walked, Bemboom to third, Fletcher to second
            • Josh James relieved Framber Valdez
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Pujols reached on fielder's choice to third, Bemboom scored, Fletcher to third, Goodwin to second on 3rd baseman Toro-Hernandez fielding error
            • K. Calhoun: Calhoun fouled out to third
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Simmons singled to left, Fletcher scored, Goodwin to third, Pujols to second
            • J. Walsh: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Walsh struck out swinging
            • M. Hermosillo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hermosillo walked, Goodwin scored, Pujols to third, Simmons to second
            • M. Thaiss: Ball, Ball, Thaiss flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Trevor Cahill relieved Jake Jewell
            • Taylor Ward in left field
            • Kaleb Cowart at second base
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Springer grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve walked
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to first, Altuve to second
            • A. Bregman: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Brad Peacock relieved Justin Verlander
            • Abraham Toro-Hernandez at third base
            • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Simmons flied out to center
            • J. Walsh: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Walsh walked
            • M. Hermosillo: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hermosillo struck out swinging
            • M. Thaiss: Ball, Thaiss flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Jewell Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alvarez singled to center
            • A. Toro-Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Toro-Hernandez walked, Alvarez to second
            • Kyle Tucker ran for Yordan Alvarez
            • A. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Ball, Diaz homered to left center, Tucker and Toro-Hernandez scored
            • R. Chirinos: Foul, Chirinos flied out to left
            • J. Reddick: Strike swinging, Reddick grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 6th (6 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • A. Bemboom: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bemboom struck out swinging
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Fletcher lined out to left
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Goodwin singled to shallow right center
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pujols walked, Goodwin to second
            • K. Calhoun: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Miguel Del Pozo relieved Jose Suarez
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley singled to left center
            • A. Bregman: Bregman homered to left center, Brantley scored
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Alvarez doubled to left center
            • Justin Anderson relieved Miguel Del Pozo
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel singled to shallow right center, Alvarez to third
            • A. Diaz: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Diaz walked, Gurriel to second
            • R. Chirinos: Chirinos singled to center, Alvarez and Gurriel scored, Diaz to second
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reddick walked, Diaz to third, Chirinos to second
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Springer popped out to second
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Diaz scored, Chirinos to third, Reddick to second on passed ball, Altuve singled to center, Chirinos scored, Reddick to third
            • Jake Jewell relieved Justin Anderson
            • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded into double play shortstop to third to first, Altuve out at second
            • End of the 5th (6 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Foul, Calhoun singled to right center
            • A. Simmons: Foul, Ball, Simmons doubled to deep left, Calhoun to third
            • J. Walsh: Foul, Ball, Walsh grounded out to second, Calhoun scored, Simmons to third
            • M. Hermosillo: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Hermosillo struck out looking
            • M. Thaiss: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Thaiss struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Suarez Pitching:
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Chirinos popped out to first
            • J. Reddick: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer homered to left
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve flied out to left
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • A. Bemboom: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bemboom singled to right
            • D. Fletcher: Foul, Fletcher grounded out to catcher, Bemboom to second
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Jose Suarez relieved Jose Rodriguez
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Brantley struck out looking
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Bregman hit by pitch
            • Y. Alvarez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Alvarez doubled to left center, Bregman to third
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Gurriel flied out to shallow right
            • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Diaz flied out to right
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Calhoun grounded out to second
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Foul, Foul, Simmons grounded out to third
            • J. Walsh: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Walsh tripled to deep center
            • M. Hermosillo: Strike looking, Hermosillo tripled to deep center, Walsh scored
            • M. Thaiss: Ball, Foul, Ball, Thaiss grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • A. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Diaz singled to right center
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Reddick fouled out to third
            • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Diaz to second on wild pitch, Ball, Springer homered to left, Diaz scored
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve grounded out to third
            • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • D. Fletcher: Fletcher flied out to center
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Goodwin walked
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pujols grounded into double play third to second to first, Goodwin out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Springer homered to left center
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Altuve flied out to right
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman flied out to right
            • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Alvarez singled to right center, Brantley to second
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Alvarez out at second
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)