Houston has reached the postseason three times as a wild-card team since winning last winning its division in 2001 - with a team that included Seattle manager Scott Servais. The Astros will return to the playoffs for the second time in three seasons after ending a 10-year postseason drought in 2015. Owner Jim Crane, who bought the team in 2011 and oversaw rebuilding, reveled in the celebration.
I had a little tear in my eye, he said. This has been a long time coming. It was our goal from the get-go to work hard at it, build the team and we have a really good ball club.
For the few players still on the team who endured the really lean years, winning the first division title in 16 years was Boston Red Sox Jackie Bradley Jr Jersey cheap even more special.
It means a lot because I was here when we lost 100 games three years in a row, Jose Altuve said. Now i'm part of some winning teams and that means a lot to me.
Verlander (13-8) retired his first seven batters before Ben Gamel homered into the right-center bullpen in the third. He allowed just two singles after that to improve to 3-0 with a 0. 86 ERA since the trade. Verlander walked one and raised his strikeout total with Houston to 26 in three games.