Cubs, Astros clinch AL West title with 3-1 win over Astros

CHICAGO (AP) John Lackey was 2-for-3 with a walk, and the Cubs won their sixth straight game, a 2-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday.

Jake Arrieta gave up just three hits and two runs while striking out six.

Lackey’s solo homer in the seventh was his ninth in nine games since joining the Cubs in mid-August.

The Astros won for the third time in four days after winning eight straight.

“It was nice to get the three outs,” Arrieta said.

“The guys did a great job.

It’s always nice to win a ballgame.”

He also had three RBIs.

Lackeys homered off Alex Cobb and David Robertson, and he hit his second homer in four games.

It was his third game with three homers in a row since joining Texas on June 26.

It didn’t help that he threw seven pitches in his first at-bat.

Arrieta had three hits in the Cubs’ 10-0 win in Houston.

He’s now 1-3 against the Astros, including a 5-3 mark in five starts since joining them in August.

“I’m not really a pitcher, but I just need to find my swing,” Arriet said.

It wasn’t enough, though.

The Cubs’ offense didn’t get going until the seventh, when Lackey struck out three to score Aramis Ramirez, who had a three-run homer.

“We’re not doing what we need to,” Lackey said.

He added a two-run shot in the eighth off a sacrifice fly by Jose Altuve, and Jose Ramirez was pulled after striking out two in the first inning.

The bullpen held Houston scoreless in the ninth and gave up a single in the bottom of the inning.

Lacheros homered in his fifth game with two homers.

“Athletics got a lead off a bad inning, but we’ve got to find a way to get that win,” Arriets manager John Farrell said.

The offense did take the lead in the second.

Altuve doubled, scored on a sacrifice bunt by Anthony Rizzo, and stole second in the third when he struck out Brett Oberholtzer.

The Rangers were able to score on an error by Rougned Odor, and Odor walked in the sixth.

The Tigers went down 3-0 in the top of the seventh after a pair of walks by J.D. Martinez.

After allowing two runs in the inning, the Tigers scored on an RBI single by Avisail Garcia in the fourth.

“If you can get three hits to start, you can win games,” Lacheras said.

Houston, coming off a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay, is on a seven-game winning streak.

The Houston bullpen allowed six runs over the past five games.

“They were in a groove.

They had great momentum going into the series,” Farrell said of the Astros.

“At the end of the day, it’s not about what you can do.

We have to go out there and play our best baseball and win the game.”

The Cubs were playing without outfielder Matt Garza, who was suspended for the first four games of the series because of his violation of the National League’s substance abuse policy.

The team also was without outfielder Chris Young, outfielder Mike Olt and right fielder Jason Heyward.

Left fielder Kyle Schwarber missed the game with a sore right elbow.

The game was delayed after two people were injured during a fireworks show at Wrigley Field.

Lachers homer came at the end.

The first was a sacrifice by Aramis to center fielder Alex Cobb, who singled in a run.

Lacos home run was his sixth of the season.

He had hit .314 with eight homers and 43 RBIs in 71 games this season.

Laceros home runs have been the most among the Cubs, but it was just one of several big hits the team had.

Lacieras had his fourth home run since joining Cleveland in June, and his second this season after hitting four in a five-game span in June.

He hit his first three home runs since July 21.

“You’re not going to score as many runs in a four-game series as you did in the past four, but they were just too much,” Arriay said.

His last homer came in a 3 1/2-inning scoreless inning in the final game of the World Series.

The next one could be coming soon.

Lacker is batting .311 with 10 homers and 37 RBIs since joining Chicago in July.

He was a top prospect when he signed with the Cubs and is batting just .205 with two home runs and 13 RBIs this season since he was promoted to Triple-A Toledo on July 17.

He has hit just .237 in 26 games in the majors this season, including seven homers and 26 RBIs with three stolen bases.

“That’s the thing I