Astros turn up the heat in August

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The Houston Astros are maintaining a blistering pace through August as they hold a 9.5-game lead in the American League West and are tied with the New York Yankees for the best record in baseball.

As of Monday, the Astros were 85-47 – their best record in franchise history through 132 games – and are 7-3 in their last 10 games. They are 16-7 so far in August with games against Tampa Bay and Toronto to finish out the month. If they can win 15 of their remaining 30 games they will win 100 games for the third year in a row.

Earlier this month, Astros manager AJ Hinch told MLB Astros beat writer Brian McTaggart that winning the division is his first goal but noted his desire to have the best record in the league.

“We want the best record; we want home field,” Hinch said. “To be honest with you, we won the World Series on the road in Game 7 (in 2017). It would have been nice to have that at home at Minute Maid, so we want the best record in baseball.”

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