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Verlander Dominates Diamondbacks, Astros Extend Division Lead

Justin Verlander now leads the American League in quality starts after his gem Sunday

September 16, 2018 - 5:08 pm
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Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - For the third start in a row, Justin Verlander went seven innings and earned a victory while the Astros took the series from the Diamondbacks with a 5-4 win Sunday at Minute Maid Park. Verlander had 11 strikeouts bringing his season total to 269 which ties a career season-high from his 2009 campaign. He also reached 200 innings pitched in a season for the 11th time in his career.

"200 innings has always been something that means a lot to me. I think when you start reaching 200-plus innings your impact not only on that game but the other games surrounding you, day before, day after, helping the bullpen, just keeping guys fresh, I think it really starts to have an impact. So it's something that I've always taken pride in," Justin said.

Verlander had seven strikeouts in the first time through the Arizona batting order. It was his 24th quality start of the season which leads the American League. Out of the bullpen, Roberto Osuna earned his 18th save of the season despite allowing a sacrifice fly and a two-run home run that brought the game within a run.

From the lineup, Alex Bregman extended his on-base streak to 42 games which is the longest active streak in all of baseball. It is the fourth-longest streak in Astros history and the longest since Jeff Bagwell's 44-game streak in 1998. Also, Josh Reddick hit a solo homer for the second game in a row to bring his season total to 15 which is the most in his career since 2015.

With the win, Houston is now (12-2) in September. Additionally, the Astros division lead jumped to 4.5 games over the A's. It is the biggest division lead since August 10th.