The Astros enter Tuesday's series opener with a magic number of seven, meaning any combination of Astros wins and Angels losses are needed for them to clinch their first division title since 2001.
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It’s not as extreme a case as it is with the Dodgers, who’ve gone from challenging for the best record in MLB history to losing 10 in a row and 15 of 16. Still, the Astros were swept by the lowly A’s this weekend, are now just 26-–8 in the second half, and they’ve relinquished the top seed in the American League to a historically hot Cleveland squad.
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The Tigers didn’t come close to handing Cleveland a loss.
The Dodgers’ historic spiral continued Monday night and well into Tuesday morning. In a game delayed twice by weather for a total of more than 3 1⁄2 hours, the last-place Giants’ 8-6 win at AT&T Park extended the Dodgers’ losing streak to a Los Angeles record 11 wither 16th defeat in 17 games.
The best team in baseball has lost 10 in row. Both the pitching and hitting are to blame.
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