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Altuve on a tear with bat and feet

Altuve on a tear with bat and feet

HOUSTON -- With a single and a home run in his first two-bats on Tuesday night, All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve achieved base hits in six consecutive plate appearances. He went 4-for-5 on Sunday with hits in his final four at-bats, including two doubles.

The home run -- his seventh of the season -- was the sixth hit, making him the first Astros player to achieve such a streak since Brandon Barnes on July 19-20, 2013. It also gave him 191 hits and a 10-game hitting streak. He also stole his 50th base of the season in the third inning.

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Altuve, who began the night leading the Major Leagues in batting average (.336) and hits, is vying to become the first member of the Astros to win a batting title. If he does he would join Joe Mauer (2006) and Alex Rodriguez (1996) as the only American League players 24 or younger to win a batting title in the last 20 seasons.

Altuve is well on his way to becoming the second Astro to reach 200 in a season, joining Craig Biggio, who had a club-record 210 in 1998, when he hit .325.

Altuve's streak ended when he grounded out to short in the fourth, though he may have started a new one with a single in the sixth.

Brian McTaggart is reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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