At this rate, Jose Altuve is going to find himself invited to participate in the home run derby — no matter what he claims.

“If I keep hitting homers to help my team, I’ll be happy.”

Altuve homered for the fifth straight game, Justin Verlander struck out eight of the first 10 batters he faced and finished with a season-high 11, and the Houston Astros won their eighth straight beating the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Saturday night.

Altuve homered for the sixth time in the past five games with a solo shot off Seattle starter Felix Hernandez (1-1) in the fifth inning.

“Pretty remarkable, just the contact he’s getting and the strength,” Houston manager A.J.

“I made two mistakes, two homers.

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