Porter switches up lineup, separates lefties

Porter switches up lineup, separates lefties

HOUSTON -- While manager Bo Porter inserted Marwin Gonzalez in the lineup Thursday to help bolster the Astros' struggling offense, he had a different reason for switching Jon Singleton and George Springer in the three and four spots.

Springer, a right-handed hitter, will bat cleanup Thursday and Singleton, a left-handed hitter, will bat third, which is the opposite of where they normally bat.

"It's just to put some more distance between our two lefties," Porter said. "And adding another right-handed bat between the two lefties."

The Astros will try to revive their struggling offense against Mike Minor, a left-handed pitcher, and the Braves. Houston has scored seven runs in its last six games.

Gonzalez, who is batting .264 this season, is playing shortstop in place of Jonathan Villar. Jesus Guzman is in left field for L.J. Hoes.

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