Houston Astros clinch third consecutive AL West division title

Steve Gardner, USA TODAY
Published 5:45 p.m. ET Sept. 22, 2019 | Updated 5:53 p.m. ET Sept. 22, 2019CLOSEFor the third year in a row, the Houston Astros are champions of the American League West.George Springer hit three home runs and Justin Verlander picked up his major league-leading 20th win as Houston routed the Los Angeles Angels 13-5 on Sunday to secure the division title. It also helped the Astros keep pace with the New York Yankees in the battle for the best overall record — and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.PLAYOFF SCHEDULE:Dates, TV channels, moreSpringer led off the game with a home run, hit a two-run shot in the second and added another solo blast in the fourth to pace the offensive attack. Verlander allowed two runs in five innings and struck out five to improve his record to 20-6.With one week remaining in the regular season, the Astros are the fourth team to clinch a division title – joining the Yankees, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers. With their 102nd victory, the Astros moved to within one of equaling the franchise record for wins in a season, which they set last year.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide