LEADING OFF: Mets surge, Astros go yard, Aquino's power

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Published 11:13 p.m. ET Aug. 10, 2019 | Updated 2:41 a.m. ET Aug. 11, 2019

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A look at what’s happening around the majors today:

METS MAGIC

Ace Jacob deGrom (7-7, 2.77) and the streaking Mets go for their ninth straight win and a three-game sweep of Washington.

New York has won 15 of 16, posting a pair of late-inning comeback wins this weekend at energized Citi Field. The Mets have pulled within a half-game of Washington for the first NL wild card.

DeGrom is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his past six starts. He’ll try to stay hot against Aníbal Sanchez (7-6, 3.67) in the series finale.

ASTROS BLAST OFF

Coming off the highest-scoring game in franchise history, Houston tries for its ninth straight win when it takes on Baltimore.

The Astros teed off at Camden Yards on Saturday night, with rookie Yordan Alvarez hitting three home runs in a 23-2 romp. Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa also homered as Houston set a team record with 13 extra-base hits.

The Orioles have allowed a major league-leading 240 homers and lost five straight.

Justin Verlander (15-4, 2.68 ERA), who has won his last five starts, pitches for the AL West…

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