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Astros slug six home runs in win over Rangers

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After the Astros trailed 3-0 to the Rangers before even coming up to bat this afternoon, it was easy to envision their September slide continuing. Their power bats made sure that didn’t happen.

The Astros slugged six home runs this afternoon as part of a 9-7 comeback win. Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve, who were involved in a collision on Friday, each homered twice. Chris Carter hit a go-ahead blast in the sixth inning while Colby Rasmus provided some insurance with a two-run homer in the seventh.

Collin McHugh overcame his shaky first inning and got the win after allowing four runs over 6 2/3 innings. The Rangers made things interesting in the ninth inning by plating three runs against Astros closer Luke Gregerson. Astros manager A.J. Hinch eventually turned to Will Harris with the tying run coming up to the plate. Harris managed to get Mitch Moreland to ground out to escape the jam and secure the victory.

The Astros (81-74) are 3 1/2 games behind the Rangers (84-70) in the AL West and hold a one-game lead over the Angels (79-74) for the second Wild Card spot. The Angels can trim that lead back to a half-game with a win tonight against the Mariners.

Brewers move into tie with Nationals for first NL Wild Card

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The Brewers, once left for dead after outfielder Christian Yelich suffered a season-ending injury, defeated the Pirates 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. That, paired with the Nationals’ 5-3 loss to the Marlins, moved them into a tie for the first NL Wild Card. The Brewers are 10-2 since Yelich’s injury.

During Sunday’s game, the Brewers brought a combined perfect game bid into the seventh inning. It ended when Gio González allowed a one-out single to Bryan Reynolds. The Brewers’ four runs came on two Eric Thames homers and an Orlando Arcia homer. The Pirates mounted a rally in the eighth inning, scoring three runs, but Josh Hader came in and slammed the door, getting the final four outs.

The Brewers end the season on a six-game road trip. They will face the Reds for three games before finishing out the schedule with three against the Rockies. The Cubs trail both the Brewers and Nationals by four games. The Mets are 4.5 games back while the Diamondbacks and Phillies are each 5.5 games behind.