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Astros clinch AL West with 100th win

Houston Astros relief pitcher Roberto Osuna (54) celebrates with catcher Martin Maldonado (15) after the Astros defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

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.

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Yelich's 6 RBIs lift Brewers over Cards

ST. LOUIS (AP) Milwaukee's last NL MVP thinks he is about to get some company.

Led by Christian Yelich's silky smooth game, the Brewers are closing in on the playoffs.

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Bryant bruises wrist, Cubs' lead now 1/2

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs lost again, and this one was particularly painful.

Slugger Kris Bryant exited with a bruised left wrist, Mike Montgomery got hit hard over four-plus innings and the Cubs stumbled to a 6-0 defeat against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

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Dodgers lose on walk-off HR, lead at 1/2

PHOENIX (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers surged into the NL West lead with a superb September, yet have struggled to shake the Colorado Rockies.

Eduardo Escobar homered off Kenta Maeda leading off the ninth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks tightened the NL West race with a 4-3 victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday night.

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Scherzer becomes 17th to K 300 in season

WASHINGTON (AP) With a bottle of bubbly at his feet and a baseball with the inscription "300 Ks" in a case in his locker, Max Scherzer allowed himself a moment to consider what he'd just accomplished.

"It was something I dreamed of, reaching this mark," Scherzer said, "because I know how hard it is to consistently go out there and strike guys out."

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Assault charge against RHP Osuna dropped

TORONTO (AP) Canadian prosecutors dropped a domestic assault charge on Tuesday against Houston Astros closer Roberto Osuna, who agreed to stay away from the alleged victim for one year and continue counseling.

Osuna, formerly with the Toronto Blue Jays, was charged with assault in May. The 23-year-old player was suspended without pay for 75 games for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, and the Blue Jays dealt him to Houston on July 30.

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A's lose in 11, drop 2 1/2 behind top WC

SEATTLE (AP) The Oakland Athletics knew they'd been fortunate to get this deep in the season without seeing their bullpen blow a late lead.

It finally happened on Tuesday night, and in the process wrapped up the AL West title for the Houston Astros and sent the A's into a wild-card matchup with the New York Yankees.

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Sanchez has 4 RBIs, Severino wins 19th

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Luis Severino is making his bid to be on the mound and throwing to catcher Gary Sanchez in the New York Yankees' playoff opener.

Severino won his 19th game, the struggling Sanchez drove in four runs for the first time since early April and the Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 on Tuesday night to keep up their push for home-field advantage in the AL wild-card game.

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Bauer goes 4 strong innings, ChiSox win

CHICAGO (AP) Trevor Bauer's performance was encouraging, and Carlos Carrasco was even better - until a late meltdown.

Bauer took a step toward returning to Cleveland's rotation for the postseason by tossing four effective innings, but the Chicago White Sox overcame a two-run, ninth-inning deficit to beat the Indians and Carrasco 5-4 Tuesday night.

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