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With streak over, Bonifacio admires DiMaggio's feat

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After his 26-game hitting streak was snapped Friday, Emilio Bonifacio said he has even more respect for Joe DiMaggio.

Bonifacio went 0-for-4 in Florida's 5-0 loss, his first hitless game since June 26. His hitting streak was the longest active one in the majors and second longest in Marlins history.

"It's hard, man," he said after Friday's game. "It's not an easy thing to do."

Asked if he could imagine what DiMaggio went through, Bonifacio rolled his eyes and shook his head. He said he was intimidated by the thought of even going 30 straight games, which entered his mind when teammate Anibal Sanchez told him that four more games with hits would mean one entire month of getting a hit in every game.

Bonifacio struck out his first two at-bats and then bounced out to third in his final two plate appearances, including a bunt attempt that he pushed too hard in his third at-bat.

"He went up there trying to get a hit," manager Jack McKeon said. "It's the first time I really felt like tonight was the night he thought about (the streak)."

Bonifacio hit .375 (39-for-104) during his hitting streak, which started June 28 in Oakland. His batting average rose from .259 to .299 during the streak. He's batting .296 after Friday.

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