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Astros’ Jose Altuve reacts to making postseason history with Game 2 HR vs. Braves

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After getting their bats silenced in Game 1 of the 2021 World Series by the Atlanta Braves, the Houston Astros knew that it’s just a matter of time before their potent offense wakes up. And that’s exactly what happened in Game 2, as Jose Altuve and company rocked the Braves in a 7-2 victory at home, thus leveling the series at 1-1.

Altuve had a remarkable turnaround. He went 0-for-5 in the Astros’ 6-2 loss in Game 1 but rebounded strongly in Game 2, going 2-for-5. One of this hits was a solo shot in the seventh, which was the last run scored in the contest.

Following the Astros’ Game 2 victory, Altuve spoke about bouncing back from a poor performance, via Jesse Rogers of ESPN.

You can be 0-for-20, but what about if you get the big hit?” Altuve asked rhetorically after the Astros tied the series up at one win apiece. “So that’s what playoffs is about. I don’t care I went 0-for-5 last night. I show up today, try to get good pitches to hit and I’m glad that I’m helping my team to win.”

He also reflected on his historic homer.

“To hit 22 homers in playoffs and tie him … it means a lot to me,” Altuve said. “It makes me keep going out there, hitting homers to help my team, to keep accomplishing things like this.”

That home run was Altuve’s 22nd of his career in the postseason. He is now tied with former New York Yankees star Bernie Williams for second all-time in playoffs homers,  both trailing Boston Red Sox legend Manny Ramirez, who blasted 29 postseason dingers in his career.

Altuve can break the tie with Williams as soon as Friday when the Astros and the Braves play Game 3 in Atlanta.