Finishing off their final regular season home game of the season, the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angels Angels 6-2 to sweep the three-game series, and improve to 98-57 on the season.
Starting pitcher Charlie Morton left the game after one inning of work, but manager AJ Hinch insisted it was simply a precaution because his velocity was down. Hinch said he hopes Morton can pitch next weekend as the regular season concludes in Baltimore.
Hinch also said he expects to use Lance McCullers out of the bullpen either Monday or Tuesday night in Toronto. With just seven games remaining, the Astros magic number to clinch the AL West remains at four.
Astros manager AJ Hinch says Morton will make another start. He took him out as a precaution because his velocity was down. pic.twitter.com/7d45DDzkwW— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) September 23, 2018
Astros polish off a three-game sweep of the Angels with a 6-2 win Sunday in the regular-season home finale. They finished 46-35 at home.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) September 23, 2018
The Astros' 98 wins are the third-most in club history.
They also reduced their magic number to clinch a second consecutive AL West to 4 games.