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Houston Astros take AL West division lead with 4-3 win over Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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Luis Valbuena smacks a two-run home run and Scott Feldman pitches six strong innings to help the Astros get their sixth win on the season and take the division lead in the AL West.

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You read that right. The Astros are currently the top team in the AL West division. Don't believe me? Look:

AL West April 19, 2015

You can thank the Kansas City Royals for beating the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Sunday and the new additions from this past offseason for the wonderful position the Astros find themselves in.

Luis Valbuena got the Astros on the board in the bottom of the third inning with a two-run homerun to left center field. A strike out on the part of Jed Lowrie and a Jason Castro single in the bottom of the fifth inning gave the Astros two more runs for a 4-2 lead. Here's what a run scoring on a strikeout looks like:

Jed Lowrie K - run scores

With two outs, George Springer was able to score on the errant throw.

Astros nemesis Albert Pujols would make things interesting in the 8th with the 523 home run of his career off Pat Neshek to make the score 4-3. That was the only hit Pat Neshek would give up in the inning. Luke Gregerson pitched a perfect 9th inning to claim his second save on the young season and give the Astros their sixth win.

Other notable contributions include: Scott Feldman giving up only two runs on six hits in six innings; Tony Sipp holding the Angels to one hit in the seventh frame; Jose Altuve going 3-5 with a run scored; and Evan Gattis who didn't get a hit, but walked twice and scored a run.

I would say lets end the season now, but I think there is a lot more good baseball to come from the Astros this season.