Astros reach 100 wins, close out AL West title
3:27 AM ET
TORONTO — Houston is heating up as October approaches.
Houston improved to 100-57 and was assured of first place hours later when the second-place Oakland Athletics (95-63) lost at the Seattle Mariners. The Astros will open the AL Division Series at home against the Cleveland Indians on Oct. 5.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch had said he would not stay up to watch the outcome of the Athletics game.
“I’m going to go to bed,” he said. “Do you hear my voice? I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and figure it out.”
The Astros need three wins in their final five games to break the franchise record for victories in a season, set in 1998.
“I’m proud of this team, and they’re not done yet,” Hinch said. “To be at 100 and climbing is remarkable for this team, and we should be very proud.”
Houston is 18-4 in September and 54-22 on the road, both best in the major leagues.