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Verlander gem helps Astros force Game 7

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HOUSTON (AP) Justin Verlander remained perfect with the Houston Astros, pitching seven shutout innings when they needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs during a 7-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday night that extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7.

Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine of his outings for the Astros. And with his new club facing playoff elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, the ace right-hander delivered again.

After striking out 13 for a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since agreeing to a trade from Detroit that was completed only seconds before the midnight deadline for postseason eligibility.

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AL Stolen Bases
Rank Name SB
1 W. Merrifield, KC34
2 C. Maybin, Hou33
3 J. Altuve, Hou32
4t B. Buxton, Min29
4t R. Davis, Bos29
4t D. DeShields, Tex29
7 J. Dyson, Sea28
8t M. Betts, Bos26
8t L. Cain, KC26
10 E. Andrus, Tex25
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NL Stolen Bases
Rank Name SB
1 D. Gordon, Mia60
2 B. Hamilton, Cin59
3 T. Turner, Was46
4 T. Pham, StL25
5 J. Reyes, NYM24
6t J. Peraza, Cin23
6t J. Villar, Mil23
8 E. Inciarte, Atl22
9t K. Broxton, Mil21
9t S. Marte, Pit21
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