Altuve, Feldman lead Astros over Tigers 6-4

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 29, 2014 at 6:37 pm •  Published: June 29, 2014
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HOUSTON (AP) — To Houston manager Bo Porter, there's no one playing better in the majors right now than Jose Altuve.

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."

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."

Matt Dominguez and Carlos Corporan had three hits apiece and L.J. Hoes and Jon Singleton each had two RBIs for the Astros, who have won three of their last four.

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.

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