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Houston Astros relief pitcher Hector Neris hugs catcher Christian Vazquez after the team defeated the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday. The Astros clinched the American League West division title.

ST. PETERSBURG — The Houston Astros clinched their fifth AL West title in six years, getting a leadoff home run from Jose Altuve in a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bays on Monday night.

Headed to the postseason for the sixth straight season, Houston won for the eighth time in nine games and improved the AL’s best record to 97-51.


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