Heart of Astros' order off game in finale vs. Sox

Altuve, Correa combine to go 0-for-8 in Houston's loss

July 4th, 2016

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa have combined for 192 hits, 100 RBIs and 27 home runs this season, but the heart of the Astros' offense was unable to muster anything at the plate in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the White Sox.

The pair went 0-for-8 in the game, and with Houston trailing, 2-1, in the bottom of the third with runners on first and second and one out, they were unable to bring anyone home. Both Altuve and Correa made good contact in their respective at-bats that inning, but both flew out to deep center field.

"We didn't get all of [the ball], so we gave the center fielder a chance to catch it," Correa said. "If we get barrel on that, it's probably two doubles."

For Altuve, the reigning American League Player of the Month, it was the second time in three games he was unable to reach base safely. His 32-game on-base streak, the longest of his career, was snapped during Houston's 5-0 win against Chicago on Friday.

"[Jose's] allowed an 0-for-4," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "It's a tough league. He's not going to get a hit every day. He'll be back in there tomorrow."

Altuve leads the Majors in batting average (.351) and hits (113).

Sunday's loss also ended a five-game RBI streak for Correa, which was the longest of his career and tied the longest by an Astro this season.

Correa said it's important for him and Altuve to get going offensively to put the club in the best spot to win.

"We're hitting in the middle of the order, and when both of us go 0-fer, we're not gonna have a very good chance at winning the game," Correa said. "Obviously, we gotta be able to do a better job tomorrow in order to give us a chance to win."

That said, Correa was confident that he and Altuve would be able to bounce back Monday against the Mariners.

"Today wasn't our day," Correa said. "We gotta forget about it … just go back tomorrow and make the [next] guy pay."