Vinny Castilla is trying to be more patient at the plate this season. That new approach has allowed him to set a new team record.
The veteran third baseman went 2-for-4 with two RBIs Sunday to help the Rockies avoid a three-game sweep with a 4-1 victory over the Houston Astros.
It was his 10th straight game with an RBI, passing Todd Helton, who drove in a run every game from May 6-15, 2001.
“I was aware of the record after the last game, so when I did it today I knew I had it,” Castilla said. “It was nice, but the most important thing was that the hit came at a time to make the lead 4-1.”
Castilla credited a new approach to hitting for his recent success.
“I am a more patient hitter than before, and I can sit on my pitch,” Castilla said. “I am still aggressive with the bat, but I am a little more selective.”
The Marlins open a seven-game road trip after dropping two of three to the Atlanta Braves at Pro Player Stadium.
Gonzalez, who went 1-for-4, is hitting just .153 this season. He has started all but one game this season, and manager Jack McKeon plans to stick with his struggling shortstop.
“I’d like to see him hit .340,” McKeon said, “but we lived with that the whole second half of last season.”
Gonzalez batted .208 after the All-Star break in 2003.