Altuve's quest for history falls just short

Altuve's quest for history falls just short

HOUSTON -- Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve is swinging the bat so well these days that when he is held to "only" two hits, it's a topic of conversation in the postgame news conference.

"He drew a walk, too," chuckled manager A.J. Hinch after his team clobbered the Twins, 10-5, on Friday in the first game after the All-Star break.

Altuve's streak of games with three hits came to an end at five following his 2-for-4 night.

"It's funny," Hinch said. "When our guys don't get a couple of hits, we get a little bit nervous, but I think he'll be in the lineup tomorrow."

Altuve, who on Friday was named American League Player of the Week for July 3-9, finished one hit shy of tying the Major League record for consecutive three-hit games (held by George Brett and Jimmy Johnston). He flied out to right field in the first, drew a walk and scored in the second, singled in the third, doubled in the fifth and flied out to right in the seventh.

"I wanted it, but you know I didn't get it," Altuve said. "We won the game. I got two hits, I helped my team, and this is what's it's all about. It's good to have personal records, but it's better to have records as a team."

Altuve, who leads the Majors with a .349 batting average and the American League with 118 hits, is batting .607 with two homers and 10 RBIs in his last six games.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.