Altuve homers twice in milestone game as Astros down Indians

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Fans cheer as Houston Astros Jose Altuve rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Triston McKenzie during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Houston. (Kevin M. Cox/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)


HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve celebrated the 10th anniversary of his major league debut with a leadoff homer, and made the milestone twice as nice with a second shot on his next at-bat to lead the Houston Astros to a 9-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. He connected off rookie Triston McKenzie (1-4) on his seventh leadoff homer this season to put Houston up early. Altuve’s second homer sailed down the left field line, and he stood at home plate for several seconds watching to see if it would stay fair before beginning his trot to first base as the ball clanged off the foul pole.

Ben Scharnberg