7/8/2014 1:00 A.M. ET
Review helps Altuve tie, then break, club mark
All-Star tallies 123rd hit on close play to tie club mark for most before break
By Brian McTaggart / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve made history in the eighth inning Monday night when he singled for his 124th hit of the season, breaking Bob Watson's club record for hits prior to the All-Star break. And Altuve still has five games left to go.
Altuve, who was chosen to be on the All-Star team Sunday for the second time, tied Watson's record with the help of an overturned call on a replay review in the fourth inning. He also stole his 39th base -- 26th in a row without being caught -- to put him eight behind Gerald Young's club record for steals before the break.
"Obviously, he's had a great first half to the season," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "He had been wanting to get it out of the way. We're so excited for him. He's worked his tail off and to be able to have the success he's having, it makes you proud for a person. He's a great teammate, great player, well-deserved."
Altuve doesn't like talking about himself and was happier everyone else in the lineup joined in the hit parade. The Astros had 17 hits Monday.
"This was one of those games everybody swung the bat, everybody had a really good game," he said. "We were battling. It was a big one and we're going to try to come back tomorrow and do the same and win the series."
Altuve's first hit of the game, an infield hit in the fourth, came about after Porter successfully challenged a call at first base. Altuve was originally called out at first on a grounder he hit to shortstop, but the replay clearly showed Altuve beat the throw.
The Astros have been successful on 10 out of 17 replay challenges this year.