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Astros reduce playoff magic number to one

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The postseason is drawing near, and it is fair to say that Lance McCullers Jr. looks ready for the moment after he struck out a season-high 11 in the Astros' 5-2 win over the A’s on Thursday night at Minute Maid Park. Houston’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot is down to one. It will be the sixth straight season that the Astros will play meaningful October baseball.