George SpringerandCarlos Correaalso homered for the Astros, who won their first division title since 2001 and seventh overall. The Astros become the first team in major league history to win titles in three divisions after previously winning the NL West and NL Central.
Houston has reached the postseason three times as a wild-card team since winning last winning its division in 2001 with a team that included Seattle manager Scott Servais. The Astros will return to the playoffs for the second time in three seasons after ending a 10-year postseason drought with their trip in 2015.
Verlander (13-8) retired his first seven batters beforeBen Gamelhomered into the right-center bullpen in the third. He allowed just two singles after that to improve to 3-0 since he was acquired from Detroit on Aug. 31. Verlander walked one and raised his strikeout total with Houston to 26 in three games.
Houston had trouble stringing hits together until the fifth inning, whenYuli Gurrielsingled and Fisher homered to straightaway center offAndrew Moore(1-4) for a 2-1 lead.
Springer singled and Moore got two outs before being replaced byJames Pazos. Gonzalez sent his fourth pitch off the wall in left field for his 22nd home run to make it 4-1.
Moore allowed three runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He is 0-4 in seven starts and two relief appearances since June 22.
Springer hit his 32nd homer, a solo shot in the seventh offEmilio Pagan. Correa made it 7-1 later in the inning with a two-run homer.
Astros: RHP Lance McCullers will not return to the rotation on Tuesday and will instead throw another bullpen in a couple of days before the team decides when he will pitch again.
Mariners: RHPMike Leake(3-0, 2.41 ERA) pitches in the opener of a series against Texas on Tuesday.
Astros: RHPCollin McHugh(2-2, 3.61) is scheduled to start against theChicago White Soxon Tuesday. McHugh left after three innings in his last start because of a problem with his fingernail.