For Jose Altuve, dry spells can only last so long. After the reigning American League Most Valuable Player went hitless in 12 straight plate appearances starting on Wednesday, Altuve broke his own Astros franchise record by getting a hit in his ninth straight at-bat.
Altuve singled in the first inning of Sunday's series finale against the Indians and followed it up with an infield single in the fourth inning. He then notched his ninth straight hit on an RBI double to the gap in the sixth inning, bringing the Astros to within a run at 3-2.
Altuve's hot streak began on Friday when his RBI double in the eighth inning tied the game and keyed a four-run rally. He doubled again in the ninth inning and came around to score the first of seven runs in the Astros' 11-2 win.
Saturday's game was more of the same, as Altuve went a perfect 4-for-4 and fell a double short of the cycle. He singled in the first, homered in the third inning, singled again in the fifth and tripled in the seventh. Unfortunately, he didn't get a chance to complete the cycle as he stood in the on deck circle during the final out.
We're about a third of the way into the season. At his current pace, Jose Altuve would finish the season with 213 hits... If he reaches 200 this year, it'll be his fifth consecutive season with 200+ hits.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) 27 de mayo de 2018
Altuve previously set the club record on July 23-24, 2017, when he hit a homer, three doubles and four singles against the Orioles and Phillies on the road.
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