The Oakland Athletics clinched their first AL West title since 2013 on Monday night with an assist from the rival Houston Astros. Houston lost 6-1 to the Seattle Mariners, ending its three-year reign as division champion and making the A's the first team in the majors to lock up a division crown in this pandemic-shortened season. Oakland was off Monday before opening an interleague series at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.
As the Tampa Bay Rays close in on the AL East, the Oakland Athletics have won the AL West.
Marco Gonzales pumped his fist and let out a scream after striking out Michael Brantley on a full-count pitch to finish off eight shutout innings. Seattle’s ace was determined to finally get the best of the Astros, and in the process he helped provide the final blow in ending Houston’s run atop the AL West. Gonzales was dominant on the mound, Evan White broke open a tight game with a three-run homer in the seventh and the Mariners beat the Astros 6-1 Monday night.