Hitting streak over, but Stanton settling in

Hitting streak over, but Stanton settling in

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."