Monday, October 5
PHOENIX (AP) — The Houston Astros are going to the playoffs for the first time in a decade despite ending the regular season with a 5-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. Houston finished 86-76 to reach the postseason for the first time since playing the Chicago White Sox in the 2005 World Series. Arizona went 79-83 in its first season under general manager Dave Stewart.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cole Hamels and the Texas Rangers finally clinched the AL West title on the last day of the regular season. Hamels pitched a three-hitter as the Rangers beat the Angels 9-2 Sunday. Texas plays its first AL division series game since 2011 on Thursday at Toronto.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees hit C.J. Spiller with a short pass that the running back turned into an 80-yard touchdown on the second play of overtime as New Orleans won 26-20 over the injury-decimated Cowboys on Monday night. Brees completed 33 of 41 throws for 359 yards and two TDs in his return. Joseph Randle scored the lone TD for Dallas on a 1-yard run in the first half.
ATLANTA (AP) — Devonta Freeman scored three more touchdowns as the Atlanta Falcons romped to a 48-21 victory over the hapless Houston Texans on Sunday. Freeman has scored six TDs in the last two games. The Falcons improved to 4-0 for only the fourth time in franchise history. Freeman had touchdown runs of 16, 23 and 6 yards.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — David Texeira scored twice as FC Dallas beat the Houston Dynamo 4-1 on Sunday to become the first Western Conference team to clinch a playoff spot. Texeira put Dallas ahead when he fired a rocket from 20 yards that caromed off the crossbar in the 51st minute. Ricardo Clark scored from 15 yards to pull Houston even after Mauro Diaz scored on a penalty kick to give Dallas the early lead.