MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Carlos Correa hit a two-out, tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning for the Houston Astros, who produced another stifling pitching performance and swept Minnesota with a 3-1 victory. The Twins took their all-time record 18th straight postseason loss. Nine months after their sign-stealing system was revealed, the Astros advanced to the division series round beginning next week in Los Angeles. The Twins are 0-18 in the playoffs since Oct. 5, 2004, a total of seven rounds lost. Since that date, the Astros are 43-35 in postseason play, winning 10 of 15 rounds with three trips to the World Series.
UNDATED (AP) — The baseball postseason took on an NCAA Tournament feel Wednesday, with eight games running from noon until well past 1 a.m. Eastern time early Thursday. The bonanza came in a sport where for much of the 20th century, the entire postseason lasted a maximum of seven games. With the playoffs expanded this year to 16 teams, baseball got a day like never before — and perhaps never again. By the end of the night, three teams had been eliminated. The Minnesota Twins, Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians are out, but Oakland forced a winner-take-all Game 3 in its series with the Chicago White Sox.