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

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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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2t C. Carrasco, Cle15
2t C. Kluber, Cle15
2t R. Porcello, Bos15
5 B. Snell, TB14
6t J. Happ, NYY13
6t D. Price, Bos13
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2 A. Nola, Phi14
3t Z. Godley, Ari13
3t J. Lester, ChC13
3t M. Mikolas, StL13
6t J. Chacín, Mil12
6t Z. Greinke, Ari12
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9t M. Foltynewicz, Atl10
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