Astros: Jose Altuve makes history on Saturday night at MMP

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Jose Altuve made Astros’ history on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

On Saturday night, the Houston Astros dropped their first contest of the series with the Arizona Diamondbacks in extra innings. Lance McCullers Jr. worked six plus innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks. But with an error in the field and the bullpen being tainted by Yimi Garcia’s outing, the Astros couldn’t come out on top.

Jose Altuve ripped a hit on Friday to tie himself with Lance Berkman for the most hits in franchise history at Minute Maid Park. On Saturday, the 10-year veteran became the sole leader, as he slashed his 850th hit at Minute Maid Park in his career.

This would be Altuve’s only hit of the night, while the Astros weren’t capitalizing with their 11 hits. As Garcia allowed three runs in the 10th inning, the Astros couldn’t complete the comeback.

Altuve continues to pick up accolades this season, as he also reached 10 years of service time and has climbed the hit and homes run ladder on the franchise list. Also, the Astros celebrated Hispanic Heritage Night on Saturday, as all players of Latin decent were photographed with their country’s flag:

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The Astros return to action on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. to close out the series with Zack Greinke countering his former employer who sends right-hander Zac Gallen to the bump. Peter Solomon returned to the Astros for the first time since July. As a corresponding move, Brandon Bielak was optioned to Triple-A.

For Framber Valdez (finger), the left-hander is still being evaluated to see if he will start on Monday, as Michael Brantley (knee) will resume baseball activities on Sunday. He can be activated from the injured list on Wednesday.