The Astros fell 4 1/2 games back in the AL West with a 6-2 loss to the first-place Rangers last night. And now their September slide has put them at risk for missing the playoffs altogether.
The Angels moved within a half-game of the Astros for the second Wild Card spot with a 5-4 victory over the Mariners last night. Albert Pujols and C.J. Cron both homered while Garrett Richards persevered through a shaky second inning for his 15th win of the season.
The Astros (80-74) have a half-game edge over the Angels (79-74), but the two teams are tied in the loss column. While the Angels are the biggest threat here, the Twins are 1 1/2 games back while the Indians (3 games back) and Orioles (3 1/2 games back) are still alive. It promises to be a fun final week.
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