Gonzalez's hot bat earns more time at shortstop

Gonzalez's hot bat earns more time at shortstop

SEATTLE -- After alternating on a daily basis between Ronny Cedeno and Marwin Gonzalez at shortstop the first eight games of the season, Astros manager Bo Porter started Gonzalez for the second day in a row Wednesday, a result of his hot start at the plate.

"I think he's doing a good job and earned the right to get more starts, and that's why he's back in there tonight," Porter said.

Gonzalez went 3-for-3 with a homer, three runs scored and two walks in Tuesday's 16-9 win over the Mariners, raising his batting average to .400 and his on-base percentage to .500 in five games played. And don't forget it was Gonzalez who broke up Yu Darvish's perfect game bid a week ago with a two-out single in the ninth.

"He's always been known for his defense, and he's starting to put together good at-bats as well," Porter said. "In Spring Training, he got off to a hot start and kind of cooled off as spring went along and picked it up at the end of spring. He's off to a tremendous start early. We know what he can do defensively. His ability to play every day in the big leagues will be based on his ability to handle Major League pitching night in and night out."

Gonzalez said he's not worried about playing time.

"I just want to play my game and be relaxed," he said. "All that we want to do is win the game. I hope to keep doing well, and I hope the best for Ronny, too."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.