Jose Altuve has a legitimate case for the American League MVP this season. He led the majors in batting average (.346) and WAR (8.3), and also had 204 hits, 24 home runs and 81 RBIs. The Houston Astros went 101-61 and won the AL West, setting up a series with the AL East winning Boston Red Sox. Game 1 of the series was today, and Jose Altuve wasted no time making an impact on the game.
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He then hit No. 2 off Chris Sale to extend the Astros’ lead to 5-2.
JOSE ALTUVE! His 2nd homer of the game off Chris Sale gave the @astros the 5-2 lead.
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Altuve wasn’t done. He came up to the plate and launched his deepest home run of the day, hitting this no-doubter over the left field stands.
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Altuve’s feat marked just the 10th time a player has hit three home runs in a game, and the ninth player to accomplish it (Babe Ruth did it twice, because of course he did. He etched himself in MLB playoff lore forever and the Astros took Game 1 with a final score of 8-2.