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Jose Altuve sets new mark for hits in a single season by a Venezuelan player

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve passes Magglio Ordonez for most hits in a season by a Venezuelan-born player with 217 hits.

Bob Levey

Saturday, the Astros and Minute Maid honored the Houston's second baseman Jose Altuve with 211 bottles of orange juice for breaking the team-record for hits a season. Altuve passed Craig Biggio with his 211 hit on September 17, Biggio was on hand for the on-field celebration today. But, Altuve wasn't done breaking records.

Jose Altuve, currently sitting on 216 hits, stepped the box against Mariners' Chris Young in the second inning. Altuve laces a 2-0 fastball into left field, scoring shortstop Gregorio Petit for the Astros' fifth run. With his 217 hit in the season, Altuve passed fellow countryman Magglio Ordonez for the most hits in a season by a Venezuelan. Ordonez, six-time All-Star with the White Sox and the Tigers, put up 216 hits in 2007 while with Detroit.

Altuve finished the game with two hits, putting him at 218. The Astros will have seven games left to play.