HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve tied an MLB postseason record on Thursday by hitting three home runs in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park.
Altuve's first blast of the day came in the bottom of the first inning off Boston ace Chris Sale, putting the Astros out to an early 2-0 lead. He tacked on a second off Sale in the fifth, then capped his day with a thunderous shot off reliever Austin Maddox in the bottom of the seventh.
The diminutive second baseman became the 9th player in Major League history to hit three home runs in a postseason game and the first to do so since Pablo Sandoval did it for the Giants in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series.
Altuve is widely considered the favorite to win the 2017 AL MVP Award after hitting .346 with a .957 OPS and 32 stolen bases in the regular season.
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