On Sunday, the Houston Astros’ star second baseman demonstrated his knack for heroics by coming up with a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, plating Jake Marisnick and giving the Astros a huge victory over the Detroit Tigers.
After the hit landed safely in the Minute Maid Park outfield grass, Altuve’s teammates came pouring out of the dugout in celebration – and Altuve found himself tackled by a revved-up Carlos Correa. Here’s the hit and subsequent delirious fallout:
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Altuve acknowledged the importance of every game from here on out for Houston, which opens play Monday 64-54 and with a three-and-a-half game lead in the AL West: "From this moment to all those games that we have left, every game is going to be very important. Today is a big win, tomorrow we’ve got to win, and if we want to chase the playoffs we have to win."