HOUSTON -- Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-3 Tuesday, snapping his 10-game hitting streak. But he recently snapped another streak that he much prefers talking about.
On April 29 against Arizona, Stanton snapped a career-long home run drought at 97 at-bats -- spanning 27 games -- with a three-run shot in the ninth inning. Since that day, he is 10-for-34 with five more homers, two doubles and 10 RBIs in nine games.
Not getting frustrated and staying with the game plan has been a key.
"You can't practice this game in game speed," Stanton said. "So no matter how good you feel in practice, it doesn't always click right away in the game. You've just got to realize that."
Stanton said he felt he made good enough contact to break his homer drought before April 29.
"I had some line drives that just didn't go far enough," he said. "My homers in [San Francisco] wouldn't have gone at home. Subconsciously, you see that big ballpark, you swing and try to put a little more into it, but that's what you've got to stay away from.
"For guys like me and Gaby [Sanchez] and Bucky [John Buck], if we're going to hit homers, they're going to be high fly balls. Now those are routine fly balls at home. So it's more stick to the gaps and line drive approach, like we've been doing."
Bonifacio dropped to seventh in shuffled lineup
HOUSTON -- Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen juggled the lineup for Wednesday's game.
Emilio Bonifacio was dropped from second in the lineup to seventh. The center fielder is hitting .179 (7-for-39) over his last 10 games and entered Wednesday's game with 27 hits, all singles.
"Move him down and let him relax a little bit, that pressure to be on base and do stuff for the team," Guillen said. "Hopefully that will work for a couple of days and then go back to where he belongs. I think we have a better team with 'Boni' at the top of the lineup."
Donnie Murphy was inserted into the second spot in the lineup, at second base, giving Omar Infante the day off.
"I wanted to get Murphy some more at-bats," Guillen said.
And Greg Dobbs got the nod at first base for Gaby Sanchez, whose average following Tuesday night's 0-for-3 game slipped to .196 for the season.
"Most of the time, once a week you're going to see changes in the lineup, just to give a couple of guys a chance to swing the bat and stay sharp," Guillen said.
Ozzie reflects on playing Astros, 2005 Series
HOUSTON -- Barring the playoffs, Wednesday's meeting between the Marlins and Astros at Minute Maid Park will be their last as National League opponents. Houston moves to the American League West in 2013.
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has some pretty good memories of Houston, a team he defeated in the 2005 World Series as manager of the Chicago White Sox.
"Coming back here, the flashback is outstanding," Guillen said. "I know how hard it is to win the World Series -- how hard it is to get there. [Minute Maid Park] is always going to have great memory for my family and myself."
One memory that stands out about that Series is a managerial move that wasn't made by Guillen, but rather his son, Oney. Guillen said he was prepared to send White Sox utility player Pablo Ozuna into the game as a pinch-hitter, but his son convinced him to use Geoff Blum instead.
"Ozuna was ready to go in and make a double-switch, but Oney, he was right behind me, told me Blum was ready," Guillen said. "I put Blum in at second base [instead]. And Blum came up and hit a home run to win the game. The ball was bouncing our way. When the Series was over, the first people I was hugging was my kids.
"It was a great memory. Hopefully I'll have another one pretty soon."
The Marlins had their franchise-record-tying win streak stopped at seven games Tuesday, but Miami catcher John Buck said he feels the team is beginning to gain some steam as they set to return home following Wednesday's series finale in Houston.
"We had a lot of hoopla in the beginning," Buck said. "We've been pitching well throughout the whole thing. Obviously we haven't been swinging the bats like we know we're capable, and it's just now that we're starting to get that steam going. Hopefully we'll catch that contagious bug from everybody and keep swinging the bats."
Does he think the Marlins are playing good baseball?
"I think we're playing baseball to get it done, and because we're such a good team, we're able to kind of squeak by at having a decent record and being in a decent spot in our division, which is tough," Buck said. "I think as soon as we start playing good baseball -- which I feel like we're heading in the right direction -- I think we'll be in a good spot."
Miami starters have failed to go at least six innings just six times in 30 starts this season, which is tied for the third fewest in the Majors (third in the NL) with the Los Angeles Angels.
Greensboro Grasshoppers outfielder Brent Keys and right-hander Jose Fernandez were named Miami Marlins Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for April 2012. Keys batted .329 in 21 games, with five doubles, two home runs and 13 RBIs. Fernandez, a first-round pick in last June's First-Year Player Draft, went 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA in five starts, holding opponents to a .163 batting average.
Miami is off to its best May start in franchise history, going 7-1 to start the month. The previous best start was 6-2, done twice; the last time was in 2008.
Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.