The Astros moved one step closer to securing a Wild Card spot last night and set a franchise record for runs in the process. Dallas Keuchel won his 20th game of the season and Carlos Correa led the charge for the offense as the Astros pounded the Diamondbacks 21-5.
Keuchel, who appears to be the favorite for the AL Cy Young Award, allowed two runs over six innings in the victory. He’s the first Astros pitcher to reach 20 wins in a season since Roy Oswalt in 2005.
Correa finished a double short of the cycle and went 3-for-4 with a home run, a triple, four RBI, four runs scored, and a stolen base. His fourth-inning solo blast gave him 22 home runs on the year, setting a new franchise record for a rookie. George Springer and Colby Rasmus also homered for Houston.
The Astros hold a one-game lead over the Angels for the second Wild Card spot with two games remaining in the regular season. They could clinch the Wild Card tonight with another win and a loss by the Angels vs. the Rangers. The Astros are technically still alive in the AL West, as they sit two games back of the first-place Rangers.
Your Friday box scores and AP recaps:
Reds 4, Pirates 6 (12 innings)
Yankees/Orioles – PPD
Marlins/Phillies – PPD
Nationals/Mets – PPD