Altuve sets new record with eighth-inning double
All-Star first player to notch 130 hits, 40 steals prior to All-Star break
HOUSTON -- Another day, another milestone for Jose Altuve.
The Astros' All-Star second baseman went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two doubles in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Red Sox, extending his Major League lead to 130 hits. In doing so, he became the only player to amass 130 hits and 40 steals prior to the All-Star break (since 1933).
Altuve has already smashed the Astros' record for most hits prior to the All-Star break, and he's on pace to set club single-season records for hits and stolen bases. Craig Biggio set the team record for hits with 210 in 1998, and the record of steals is 65 by Gerald Young (1988).
Altuve, who's hitting .339 as he battles for the American League batting title, ranks second in the AL with 29 doubles and first in the Major Leagues with 40 multihit games. Since 2004, only two other players have reached 130 hits prior to the All-Star break: Miguel Cabrera (132 in 2013) and Ian Kinsler (134 in '08).
What's more, Altuve has been successful in a club-record-tying 28 consecutive attempted steals, and he has the most hits in the Major Leagues over the past two seasons (307).