2:10 PM ET, June 29, 2014
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Jose Altuve had 3 hits and 2 steals to lead the Astros over the Tigers
The Astros second baseman shied away from agreeing with his skipper. Instead, he kept up his impressive show.
Altuve got three more hits and stole two bases Sunday as the Astros defeated the Detroit Tigers 6-4.
Altuve finished the three-game series 9 for 14 and leads big leagues with 116 hits. He's already stolen a career-high 36 bases -- he swiped second in the first inning, and set a franchise record with a steal in six straight games.
"I've seen some players locked in in all my years of playing," Porter said. "But the impact with which Jose Altuve is having on the baseball game, I would have to really sit down and think about or have some numbers put in front of me that would make me think that there is someone who's had more of an impact on a baseball game the way he's having an impact right now."
Getting Better With Time
Jose Altuve has been a hitting machine this season, and he is only getting better. He racked up three more hits against the Tigers on Sunday and has seen his numbers rise on a monthly basis.
|-- ESPN Stats & Information|
Altuve took the compliment in stride, saying, "He's my manager, he has to say that."
"I have to be ready every game to get on base," he said. "I know the guys that I have behind me, if I get on base, something good is going to happen."
Altuve became the third player since 1904 with four straight games with multiple steals, joining Ray Chapman in 1917 and Bill Dahlen in 1904, according information from the Elias Sports Bureau provided by the Astros.
"I'm going to try to keep getting on base, and if I have a chance to take the next base, I am going to do it," Altuve said.
Scott Feldman (4-5) allowed two runs in six innings to earn his first win since May 26. Feldman, who snapped a personal three-game losing streak, has allowed three runs or less in each of his last three starts.
"They have a great lineup," Feldman said. "I just tried to make some pitches. Luckily, a lot of the balls they hit hard were hit to center field, where there is a lot of room out there."
Tony Sipp got the last four outs for his first save.
Nick Castellanos had two hits for the Tigers, including a two-run triple in the eighth that cut the Astros' lead to 5-4.
"Those are the guys we lean on," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. "They are going to have struggles. It's going to happen. They scuffled a little bit swinging the bat."
The Astros scored three times in the first against Drew Smyly (4-7). Altuve singled, stole second and scored on George Springer's double. Two batters later, Jesus Guzman hit an RBI single and scored on Hoes' sacrifice fly.
"I felt like that was very important," Porter said. "Losing the game the way we lost the game last night (4-3 in the ninth) I thought that our guys did a great job coming out setting the tempo. Ran the bases tremendously and just put a lot of pressure on the other team."
After Torii Hunter's RBI double cut the lead to 3-1 in the third, Hoes hit an RBI double in the bottom half.
Singleton's bases-loaded walk in the sixth scored Alex Presley to extend Houston's lead to 5-2, and he upped the lead to 6-4 in the eighth with an RBI single.
Smyly, who was ill Saturday and sent back to the team hotel, was pulled after 2 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with three strikeouts. The outing was Smyly's shortest as a starter this year and the most runs he's allowed since getting tagged for six on May 26 at Oakland.
Smyly would not use being ill Saturday as an excuse for the poor outing.
"Not a good day," Smyly said. "They came out swinging. I didn't bring it. They did."
Houston CF Dexter Fowler missed a third straight game with tightness in the back. ... Detroit 2B Ian Kinsler did not start Sunday getting a day off from Ausmus, but he pinch hit in the eighth and struck out to end his seven-game hitting streak. ... Detroit LHP Ian Krol, on the 15-day disabled list since June 21 with left shoulder inflammation, threw a bullpen session Saturday and felt good, Ausmus said. ... Houston Rockets star guard James Harden threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game.
HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 29: Scott Feldman #46 of the Houston Astros throws in the first inning against the Detroit...(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||G Springer doubled to deep left, J Altuve scored.||0||1|
|1st||J Guzman singled to left, G Springer scored.||0||2|
|1st||L Hoes hit sacrifice fly to right, J Guzman scored.||0||3|
|3rd||T Hunter doubled to deep left, A Romine scored.||1||3|
|3rd||L Hoes doubled to deep center, M Dominguez scored.||1||4|
|5th||A Avila homered to right center (436 feet).||2||4|
|6th||J Singleton walked, A Presley scored, J Altuve to third, G Springer to second.||2||5|
|8th||N Castellanos tripled to deep left, V Martinez and J Martinez scored.||4||5|
|8th||J Singleton singled to center, M Gonzalez scored, G Springer to second.||4||6|
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|Stadium||Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX|
|Attendance||22,478 (53.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Mark Ripperger, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom|
With one game left this month Jose Altuve is hitting .424 with 16 SB in June. He will likely (see note below) become the 7th player in the last 100 seasons to hit over .400 with 15 stolen bases in a month. 3 of the players on the list are hall-of-famers. He would have to go 0-for-6 Monday against the Mariners to be knocked off this list (Monday is last day of June).[+]
From Elias: Jose Altuve: 3rd player in modern era with multiple stolen bases in 4 straight games. The other 2 are Bill Dahlen in 1904 and Ray Chapman in 1917
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