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Verlander wins 200th, Astros 1 up on A's

(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Once they got behind closed doors in the clubhouse, the Houston Astros showered Justin Verlander with champagne.

No, it wasn't for helping them avoid a sweep at the Coliseum. But that was a nice benefit, too.

Verlander pitched just well enough to earn his 200th career win and the Astros hit five home runs, beating the Oakland Athletics 9-4 Sunday to retake sole possession of the AL West lead.

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AL Home Runs
Rank Name HR
1 J. Martinez, Bos38
2 J. Ramírez, Cle37
3 K. Davis, Oak36
4t J. Gallo, Tex32
4t G. Stanton, NYY32
6t N. Cruz, Sea30
6t M. Trout, LAA30
8 F. Lindor, Cle29
9 M. Betts, Bos27
10t A. Judge, NYY26
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NL Home Runs
Rank Name HR
1 M. Carpenter, StL33
2t N. Arenado, Col30
2t B. Harper, Was30
4 J. Aguilar, Mil29
5t P. Goldschmidt, Ari28
5t M. Muncy, LAD28
7 E. Suárez, Cin27
8 T. Story, Col26
9t J. Báez, ChC25
9t R. Hoskins, Phi25
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