29 August, 2023
In Monday’s game against the Boston Red Sox, José Altuve was one home run short of completing the cycle. He got it done.
A two-run home run by the Astros second baseman gave Houston a 13-4 advantage over the visiting side as he sent a Kyle Barraclough fastball traveling at 90 mph over the Green Monster.
He started the cycle, the first of his career and the ninth in Astros history, with a double in the third, a single in the fifth, and a triple in the sixth. He went 4 of 6 for the night, hit a home run, and had four runs scored and four RBI. The Astros triumphed 13-5. After striking out in the first inning, he completed everything.
Given that the Astros are involved in a competitive three-team contest for the AL West, Altuve’s offensive outburst came at a good moment. With the victory, they stayed in a tie for second place with the Texas Rangers and one game behind the Seattle Mariners (75-58). They also held a 2.5-game advantage over the Toronto Blue Jays in the race for the final AL wild-card spot.