Altuve leads Astros rally over Rangers

Altuve leads Astros rally over Rangers
August 31, 2014, 4:30 pm
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Jose Altuve had four hits on Sunday, including the game winner in the bottom of the eighth, to help the Astros rally and beat the Rangers 3-2.

TURNING POINT

This game, for awhile, was about the missed opportunities by the Astros in different bases-loaded situations. Matt Dominguez seemed to lift that cloud when he lifted a ball to the Crawford Boxes to tie the game in the eighth. That set the stage for what would become the winning rally and winning hit for Altuve.

STARTING PITCHING

Dallas Keuchel remains winless in August for his career, but it really isn't through any fault of his own. Five of his six starts in the month have been of the quality variety. On Sunday, he settled down after allowing 26 pitches and allowing one run in the first. The lefty got the pitch count down and lasted through seven innings, throwing 101 pitches and finishing with a line of five hits, two runs, three strikeouts, and two walks.

BULLPEN

Jose Veras emerged unscathed after giving up a hit and a walk in the eighth. In doing so, he became the winning pitcher. Chad Qualls shut the door in the ninth for his 16th save of the season.

AT THE PLATE

Jose Altuve had four hits, which not only gives him a MLB-leading total of 189, but it's also his 21st game with at least three hits on the year (most by an Astro since 1998) and his 56th multi-hit game of the season (leads all of MLB). Dexter Fowler, again, reached base and has still done so in every game since coming back to the Astros' lineup. Fowler reached base three times on Sunday. Robbie Grossman walked twice. And Dominguez had two hits, including the game-tying homer.

IN THE FIELD

Matt Dominguez charged and barehanded a throw with Jon Singleton making a nice stretch on the play to get the out and end the top of the fourth. The Astros turned two double plays on the afternoon. Jake Marisnick made a nice catch while backpedalling to end the top of the eighth.

UP NEXT

The Astros now get Labor Day off before hosting the Angels in a short two-game set. On Tuesday, Brad Peacock gets the start against Hector Santiago. In his last start, Peacock worked around five walks to limit the A's to one run.

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