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Houston Astros clinch division with 7-1 win over Mariners

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 6:27 p.m.

Houston Astros’ George Springer celebrates with fans after the team’s win over the Seattle Mariners and clinching of the A.L. West crown in a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Houston. (Eric Christian Smith / Associated Press)
As one team celebrated a division title in front of a cheering fan base, the other team quietly prepared for a long flight home where they could dwell on the distinct possibility that their postseason dream had been crushed by the team they simply couldn’t beat this season. With a 7-1 drubbing of the Mariners on Sunday afternoon, the Houston Astros clinched the American League West title.

James Paxton returns to Mariners rotation but struggles in loss

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 9:21 p.m.

Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa (1) signals back toward the dugout after hitting an RBI-double to score Jose Altuve during the first inning of a baseball game as Seattle Mariners first baseman Yonder Alonso (10) walks away Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Houston. (David J. Phillip / Associated Press)
Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis had two hits apiece and each drove in a run as the Houston Astros jumped on James Paxton and cruised to a 5-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night to move closer to clinching the American League West.

Mariners lose series opener 5-3 against Texas Rangers

Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 8:56 p.m.

Andrew Moore of the Mariners allowed one hit in six innings of relief on Monday night against the Texas Rangers. (Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)
The last thing the Mariners needed Monday was for left-hander Ariel Miranda to take a big step backward. This was that and more. Miranda failed to make it through the second inning in a 5-3 loss to the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park.

Mariners fall to Los Angeles Angels on Justin Upton’s two-run double

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 6:07 p.m.

Mariners left fielder Ben Gamel dives for but cannot catch a single hit by Kole Calhoun of the Angels in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
An opportunity slipped away Sunday from the Mariners in large part because reliever Nick Vincent, in an otherwise standout season, remains bedeviled by Angels. Vincent surrendered three runs in the eighth inning, which turned a tie game into a 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field. Justin Upton delivered the key blow with a two-run double.

Mariners downed by Justin Verlander in Astros debut

Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 11:21 p.m.

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Ariel Miranda walks off the field as fans cheer after he pitched six innings of no-hit ball against the Houston Astros. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
Justin Verlander pitched six strong innings and won his Astros debut after Cameron Maybin hit a two-run homer with one out in the seventh for Houston’s first hit Tuesday night in a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Mariners give up four runs in seventh, lose opener to Houston Astros 6-2

Mon., Sept. 4, 2017, 8:45 p.m.

Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single hit by Josh Reddick against the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, in Seattle. He also hit a two-run double in the inning. (John Froschauer / Associated Press)
Even if the Mariners hadn’t fueled their collapse Monday with three costly walks in a disastrous four-run seventh inning, there’s no way to know whether they could have found their way past Houston ace Dallas Keuchel. Those three walks – two were strategic intentional walks – simply made things easy for Keuchel and the Astros in a 6-2 victory at Safeco Field.

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