Bourn's 50th steal puts him in elite club

Bourn's 50th steal puts him in elite club

HOUSTON -- The speed of Michael Bourn has put him in exclusive company.

Bourn stole his 50th base of the season in the first inning of Monday's series opener against the Brewers, making him just the second Astros player to steal at least 50 bases in consecutive seasons. Bourn, who stole 61 bases in 2009, joins Cesar Cedeno, who swiped at least 50 in six consecutive seasons (1972-77).

Bourn's 152 stolen bases with the Astros is one shy of allowing him to break into the club's all-time top 10 list in that department and ties him Gerald Young, who stole 153 from 1987-1992. Young owns the franchise's single-season record with 65 in 1998, and Cedeno holds the club's career record with 487 steals.

"It's an honor to be in that category with [Cedeno]," said Bourn, who grew up in Houston. "I know he was a fabulous center fielder at the time he was playing here. I just try to use what I can and use my ability the best way I can."

Entering Monday, Bourn led the National League in steals and infield hits and was tied for third in bunt hits. He has already set a career high with 37 RBIs this year as Houston's leadoff hitter. The Astros acquired Bourn from the Phillies prior to the 2008 season in the Brad Lidge trade.