Altuve accounts for 4 runs, AL-best Astros beat Rangers 5-3

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Houston Astros' Jose Altuve follows through on a two RBI double in the second inning of a baseball game as Texas Rangers catcher Meibrys Viloria looks on in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. The hit scored Mauricio Dubon and David Hensley. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jose Altuve drove in two runs and scored two more for the Houston Astros in a 5-3 win over the Texas Rangers and their All-Star starter Martín Pérez. The reigning American League champion Astros will enter September at 84-47 to match their best record ever through 131 games.

Altuve drew a leadoff walk to start the game and scored on Trey Mancini’s single.

Texas led 2-1 on shortstop Corey Seager’s 29th homer, but Houston regained the lead for good on Altuve’s two-run double in the second. Cristian Javier struck out seven and walked three while allowing three runs over five innings.