After righting a road trip that nearly went terribly wrong, the Astros are cruising back home with plenty of chances to clinch a playoff berth while bringing a long-overdue division title to Houston.
Brad Peacock pitched six innings of three-hit ball and the Astros lowered their magic number for clinching the AL West to three with a 5-2 victory over the second-place Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.
Yuli Gurriel had three hits and drove in a run for the Astros (88-58), whose 14-game lead over Los Angeles (74-72) puts them in prime position to clinch a playoff spot and their first division crown since 2001 in the next several days, possibly this weekend against Seattle (74-73).
An October run should be a welcome boost to hurricane-ravaged Houston, and the Astros’ excitement was palpable while they packed up their gear at the Big A for the late-night flight home.
“We have a great opportunity ahead of us,” Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. “Obviously we want to finish this…
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