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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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AL Batting Average
Rank Name BA
1 M. Betts, Bos.343
2 J. Martinez, Bos.331
3 J. Altuve, Hou.329
4 M. Machado, Bal.315
5 J. Segura, Sea.314
6 M. Trout, LAA.309
7 W. Merrifield, KC.303
8 J. Ramírez, Cle.300
9 M. Brantley, Cle.300
10 A. Benintendi, Bos.299
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NL Batting Average
Rank Name BA
1 F. Freeman, Atl.321
2 N. Markakis, Atl.318
3 S. Gennett, Cin.314
4 C. Yelich, Mil.310
5 N. Arenado, Col.309
6 C. Dickerson, Pit.308
7 J. Martínez, StL.308
8 L. Cain, Mil.302
9 D. Peralta, Ari.300
10 E. Suárez, Cin.297
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