It was 16 years in the making the Houston Astros were one win away from winning a division title. And the Astros took care of business Crush City style. The Astros used seven innings of one-run baseball from Justin Verlander and home runs from Derek Fisher, Marwin Gonzalez, George Springer, and Carlos Correa to win 7-1.
The Astros stormed the field after the win to celebrate the franchise's first division championship in 2001 when the Astros secured the NL Central on the final day in St. Louis.
The Mariners led the game for 2 1/2 innings. Ben Gamel hit a solo home run, only the second run given up by Verlander in his time with the Astros.
The Astros broke through for the leading runs in the fifth inning. Fisher rocked a fastball off the batter's eye to put Houston up 2-1. Gonzalez put the game away with his own two-run shot in the fifth. It became a laugher with Springer collecting his 32nd home run and Correa hit his first home run since July.
Verlander finished with one run allowed on three hits while striking out 10 and walking one. Chris Devenski pitched a clean eighth inning and gave way to closer Ken Giles for this non-save situation but an important outing.
The stadium was electric with Giles on the mound. He faced Daniel Vogelbach. Strikeout.
Jean Segura. Infield hit. Mitch Haniger. Single. Delaying the inevitable. Robinson Cano loaded the bases with a single.
Nelson Cruz. Strikeout. Kyle Seager. Flyball.
Houston Astros: 2017 American League West Division Champions.