"He never argues unless he's right," manager A.J. Hinch said, "and he was right, in my opinion."
Entering Saturday, Altuve led the American League in batting average (.357) and hits (153), while ranking second in on-base percentage (.424), total bases (245), bWAR (6.3) and OPS (.997).
"He knows the strike zone as well as anybody, and he didn't appreciate the call," Hinch said. "I think he took matters into his own hands. I certainly think it symbolizes how important these games are, how much we're grinding mentally and physically to try and get the momentum back in our direction."
Jordan Ray is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.