- Associated Press - Sunday, August 31, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - Jose Altuve leads the majors in hits and is 11 away from 200 for the season.

He insists he’s not counting.

“If you’re thinking hits, you’re not paying attention to wins,” Altuve said Sunday after leading the Houston Astros past the Texas Rangers 3-2.

Altuve matched his career high with four hits, including two doubles. His single with two outs in the eighth inning drove in the go-ahead run.

Matt Dominguez hit a tying home run off reliever Neal Cotts (2-8) with one out in the eighth to make it 2-all. Jake Marisnick was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Altuve’s single.

“He’s the kind of guy you want to have in that situation,” Dominguez said. “It seems he gets three hits a game.”

Dominguez had an RBI single earlier in the game. The Astros won a series for the first time since Aug. 19-21 at Yankee Stadium.

Jose Veras (3-1) got the win and Chad Qualls posted his 16th save.

Dallas Keuchel went seven innings for the Astros, allowing two runs and five hits. He struck out three and walked two.

“Each and every time this guy goes to the mound we feel pretty good about our chances as a team to win the ballgame,” Astros manager Bo Porter said. “Today was no different.”

Alex Rios doubled and singled for Texas, driving in a run and scoring run. His RBI single in the sixth scored Daniel Robertson to put Texas ahead 2-1.

Rios doubled and scored on Ryan Rua’s grounder in the first inning.

“My only concern when I go out there and play is to limit the other team to (fewer) runs that what we score,” Keuchel said. “In the month of August I really didn’t do my job. I’m just thankful we got the win today.”

Texas rookie Nick Martinez pitched 5 1-3 innings, giving up one run and six hits. He struck out four and walked three.

“I told him he did his job when he came off the field,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “It was up to the bullpen to finish it off. We had the two best we’ve got in there and we just didn’t do it.”

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