Altuve hits grand slam on 2-homer night, Astros beat Giants

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Houston Astros' Jose Altuve celebrates in the dugout with teammates after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 30, 2021, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — José Altuve hit a grand slam in the sixth one inning after putting Houston ahead on a solo homer, and the AL-leading Houston Astros held off the San Francisco Giants 9-6 in a matchup of baseball’s top two teams. It marked Altuve’s sixth career slam and third this season — and his third multi-homer game of 2021, the seventh of his career. He cleared the fences twice as fans chanted, “You’re a cheater!” in reference to Houston’s sign-stealing scandal. Aledmys Díaz went deep in the ninth for the Astros. San Francisco will soon welcome newly acquired slugger Kris Bryant.

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