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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 when they couldn't afford anything else.

The ace right-hander pitched seven shutout innings 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.

"He's been everything that we could have hoped for and more," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said about Verlander. "He chose to come here for games like this and beyond."

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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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